Postdoctoral Researcher in Tibetan Art

SOAS University of London - Department of Art & Archaeology

The role and its responsibilities 

You will work closely with the Principal Investigator and Co-investigator of the project, in recording, studying and assessing Tibetan Buddhist monastery collections in both Northwest India and Northern Nepal along with their present day usage. You will conduct individual and collaborative research, assist in all project related matters, and present and publish research outcomes internationally. Key tasks will be to: enter and analyse data collected on objects in monastery collections maintain regular communication with the project partners, especially the cooperating monasteries, organise and participate in field research in the project regions, organise and participate in project events, and participate in project relevant teamwork. 

Skills and experience

You are educated to PhD level or equivalent, in a relevant research area, and have an understanding of at least two of the following research areas: Tibetan art, Tibetan Buddhism, and/or Tibetan language. Evidence of being able to carry out high quality, publishable research, previous experience with traveling in Asia and ideally also in the Himalayas, and a good working knowledge of relevant software such as Word, Adobe Creative Suite, and a database software are also essential.

About SOAS & the History of Arts and Archaeology, School of Arts 

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. 

The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology is unique in its coverage of the arts, archaeology, architecture and material culture of Asia, Africa and the Middle East from ancient times to the present day. As part of the School of Arts the Department fosters cross-disciplinary enquiry to explore parallels between artistic and musical aesthetics or the translatability of theoretical approaches developed in media studies. The Postdoctoral Researcher will be situated in this department and within the framework of a research project on Tibetan Buddhist Monastery Collections Today led by Christian Luczanits, David L. Snellgrove Senior Lecturer in Tibetan and Buddhist Art, the Principal Investigator, and Louise Tythacott, Pratapaditya Pal Senior Lecturer in Curating and Museology of Asian Art, the Co-investigator.

Competitive benefits package:

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

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

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Closing date: 2nd August

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

Interviews will provisionally be held in the week commencing 11th September 2017.

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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