Project Officer, Centre of Taiwan Studies

SOAS, University of London - Centre of Taiwan Studies, Faculty of Law and Social Science

Part time (14 hours per week – 0.4 FTE)

Fixed term contract (18 Months)

About SOAS and the Centre of Taiwan Studies

SOAS, University of London is the world’s leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, offering programmes in arts, humanities, languages, law and social sciences. Inaugurated in June 1916, SOAS has had an international reach since the arrival of its first students in February 1917 and celebrated its Centenary in 2016.

Since the establishment of the Taiwan Studies Programme in 1999, the School of Oriental and African Studies has become one of the leading centres for Taiwan Studies in the world. We now offer the only MA in Taiwan Studies outside of Taiwan. It provides an unrivalled programme of advanced interdisciplinary courses on Taiwan's society, culture, politics, language and economics. We also run short courses on Taiwan at the Summer School and at other European universities. The School has also become one of the most important centres for Taiwan Studies academic events in the world. During term time we hold regular public seminars, in which scholars working on Taiwan present their research.

The role and its responsibilities

The postholder will play a critical role in providing administrative support for the various Centre of Taiwan Studies (CTS) Research and events Programmes, sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education.

Skills and experience

The postholder will have extensive experience of administering academic event programmes. An important role will be leading the public relations of the Centre, thus experience in website content management and social media promotion will be required.

You will need to have experience of communication with a diverse set of stakeholders including students, academics, funders, the media and the general public. This means that the postholder must be fluent in English but also in both written (traditional characters) and spoken Mandarin. Lastly, it is essential that the postholder is enthusiastic about Taiwan Studies.

Further information

As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package including:

  • 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and School closure days, pro rata for part time staff;
  • Pension scheme with generous employer contribution;
  • Various loan schemes including season ticket loan, IT equipment loan;
  • Cycle to Work Scheme;
  • Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare voucher scheme, financial childcare support.

To apply for this vacancy or download a job description, please visit

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

Interviews will provisionally be held in the week commencing: 03 April 2017.

Please note that it will not be possible for SOAS to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with SOAS, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact

At SOAS we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.

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