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The James Legge Memorial Junior Research Fellowship in Comparative Aesthetics and Art History

Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

Location: Oxford
Salary: £31,302 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th June 2019
Closes: 19th July 2019

This is a readvertisement. Previous applicants need not apply. 

Corpus Christi College proposes to elect a stipendiary James Legge Junior Research Fellow in Comparative Aesthetics and Art History, tenable for three years with effect from October 2019. The appointee will engage in internationally recognised research at the postdoctoral level in the painting of Imperial China.

The salary will be £31,302 per annum. The Fellow will also be entitled to full lunching and dining rights and will receive a research allowance (£2,467) and a hospitality allowance (£451). These are the current figures.

Applicants should have completed, or be near to completing, a doctorate in the fields of Chinese art before taking up a Junior Research Fellowship.

The appointee will be based at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, OX1 4JF.

Applications should be submitted, by email to and should include a letter of application, explaining how you meet the selection criteria below, a CV, a list of publications and a 1,000-word description of present and future research interests. Applications should be received by 19 July 2019. Referees should be asked to write directly, by email, to, their references to be received by not later than 19 July 2019. Those shortlisted will be asked to submit an example of work (of no more than 20,000 words to comprise published or forthcoming articles or chapters from his/her doctoral dissertation) before interview. Interviews will be held in Oxford during the week commencing 29 July (or by Skype if necessary).


In making this appointment, the College will be looking for an individual to demonstrate that he/she has the skills and experience to conduct original and outstanding research, of a comparative nature in the history of Chinese art. This post is intended to provide a promising scholar with a congenial environment for the development of his/her research beyond the doctoral level. The successful candidate will be expected to propose, plan and manage a high-quality programme of original research; to publicise the outcomes of that research through presentation of papers and publications and to engage in the life and activities of the College. 

The committee will make its decision by seeking evidence of the following attributes of candidates: 

  • Distinguished and imaginative research at doctoral level, and plans for future research of a similar or greater quality.
  • The capacity to think originally with objects of material and visual culture. The committee will give preference to candidates willing to employ comparative approaches to the phenomenology or aesthetics of Chinese art, in particular in the arts of cultures contiguous to Imperial China.
  • The ability to defend the work submitted before the scrutiny of the interviewing panel.
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