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Postdoctoral Research Associate - China, Law And Development

University of Oxford - Faculty Of Oriental Studies, University Of Oxford China Centre, Dickson Poon Building

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th February 2019
Closes: 8th March 2019
Job Ref: 139200

Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford China Centre, Dickson Poon Building, Canterbury Road, Oxford 

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a. 

Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research Associates to work within the “China, Law and Development” (CLD) project, funded by the European Research Council. There are three posts, each focusing on fieldwork in a different part of the world: Southeast Asia, Central Asia or in Africa/the Middle East. These are full-time posts, fixed-term for 28 months starting on 1 September 2019, and including a 12 month period of fieldwork in the relevant area. 

Reporting to Professor Matthew Erie, you will join an interdisciplinary team of scholars in Oxford and across the world from China and Hong Kong to Australia, the Netherlands, and the United States, as well as an extensive network of international project partners. The CLD project serves as a new hub for academic activities related to China by bringing together leading scholars of law and the social sciences to foster innovative collaboration and to ensure that Oxford’s research on China produces substantial impact, both domestically and abroad. 

CLD is a unique inter-disciplinary and multi-sited research project that aims to understand the nature of order that underlies China’s new globalism, an order that has multiple sources, one of which may be law. You will be responsible for conducting one of several case studies that examine different emergent formations of China’s globalism, working in a field site or sites in Southeast Asia (e.g. Cambodia or Thailand), Central Asia (e.g. Kazakhstan or Tajikistan), or Africa and the Middle East (e.g. Algeria or the United Arab Emirates). In managing your own research, you will develop appropriate methodologies, and collect, analyse and test data, ensuring the highest ethical standards. You will prepare a monograph and other articles based on your research, and actively contribute to the wider CLD team, providing advice and developing ideas for further funding. 

By the start of the position, you should hold a PhD/DPhil in the social sciences with a focus on law or an advanced degree in law with social scientific training. Whilst the project maintains flexibility in the precise location of the fieldwork in Southeast Asia, Central Asia or Africa/the Middle East, you will have considerable fieldwork experience in that location (including proficiency in the relevant language(s), and in English) and in working with academic and non-academic partners there. Similarly, the topical focus of the fieldwork is open (e.g., infrastructure, dispute resolution, special economic zones, corporate compliance, the role of technology in judicial reform, etc.) but you will have practical experience of conducting fieldwork using mixed quantitative and qualitative methods. You will be able to show that you can undertake innovative research, contributing ideas for that research, and taking responsibility for managing it. You will also be an excellent communicator, including in writing for publication and presenting research results.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 8 March 2019. 

Closing Date: 08-MAR-2019 12:00

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