Assistant Librarian (China and Inner Asia)

SOAS University of London - Library

Full time (35 hours per week – 1 FTE)

This post is fixed-term for 12 months in the first instance.

The role and its responsibilities
The role of the Assistant Librarian (China & Inner Asia) will be based in SOAS Library (one of the five UK National Research Libraries) and will support teaching, learning and research by focusing on:

  • Selection and preparation of materials and maintaining the China & Inner Asia collections;
  • Development and exploitation of electronic and printed resources to support teaching, learning and research in these subject fields;
  • Promotion of these resources to SOAS students and staff, and to a wide range of national and international visitors;
  • Induction, information and digital literacy skills training.

Skills and experience
You will have a sound knowledge of the standards of library cataloguing and of the use of computer applications to facilitate access and exploitation of electronic resources. The ability to communicate effectively in Chinese and English as well as having sound knowledge of the Pinyin and Wade-Giles systems of Chinese Romanisation is also required.

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.

About Library and Information Services
The Library & Information Services Directorate (LIS) is responsible for the SOAS Library (the UK National Research Library for Asia, Africa and the Middle East), the provision of the Information Systems, the Learning Resources, ICT, Multimedia and Print Services upon which SOAS' Learning, Teaching and Research depends.

For further information on the Library, please visit

If you are interested in applying for this vacancy, please complete the short online application form. Further information can be found in the Job Description and Person Specification, along with a full list of duties and responsibilities.

The selection process for this role will be conducted in two stages. Short-listed applicants will be invited for a first-stage language test taking place on the 9th February. If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited for an interview on the 19th February.

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered. Please note, if you have previously applied for this post in the last three months your application will not be reconsidered.

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regards 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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