Poste en études chinoises à l’Université Catholique de Leuven (Belgique)
Academic research and teaching about contemporary China, preferably about the link between economics, society and culture.
Apply up to and including: Monday, January 30, 2023
The focus on research will be on contemporary China, preferably on the link between economics, society and culture (e.g. economic developments and social changes, cross-cultural management, organisational behaviour in China). This includes the supervision of bachelor papers, master’s theses and Ph.D. students in these fields.
The candidate is expected to develop a research programme, to attract research projects, to promote national and international research collaborations, and to present outstanding scientific results at an international level.
Chinese Studies is an area study: in addition to teaching the Chinese language and the various aspects of Chinese history and culture, there is a minor in economics and a sociocultural minor. The teaching responsibilities include a substantial part of the teaching activities in the field of contemporary China, with a special attention to the economic aspects.
The teaching assignment comprises a set of courses, which in any case includes:
– Introduction to Contemporary China (F0TA5A; 4 ECTS)
– Domestic and Foreign Politics of China (F0TC0A; 4 ECTS)
– Capita Selecta of Sinology (partly) (F0YN6B, F0YN8B; 4 ECTS)
– Economic development of China (D0M10A; 4 ECTS)
– Master Seminar Contemporary China (F0YO0A; 6 ECTS)
– Corporate Culture and Cross-Cultural Management in Chinese Context (F0YO8A; 6 ECTS)
– Reading Seminar I (partly) (F0YO2A; 6 ECTS)
– Reading Seminar II (partly) (F0UV8A; 6 ECTS)
Other teaching activities are:
– Supervision of bachelor’s papers and master’s theses, including the corresponding support activities
– Internship Chinese Studies (F0BB2A; 6 ECTS)
– Participation in the doctoral seminars
Teaching is expected to meet the KU Leuven standards in terms of the academic level, programme, and orientation. It has to be in keeping with the educational vision of the KU Leuven. Commitment to quality of education as a whole is expected.
The candidate is expected to actively participate in discussions about contemporary China within and beyond the university. The candidate should be willing to contribute general service and to participate in administrative and management tasks.
The candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. degree in Chinese Studies, or in an equivalent relevant domain with specialisation in China and acquaintance with Chinese Studies. An excellent command of Mandarin is required.
The candidate should be able to provide excellent teaching, so as to contribute to the quality of the research group at the level of education. The study programme attaches great importance to the interaction between the language courses and content courses and expects active collaboration with the language teachers for the elaboration of courses on contemporary China. The candidate has good communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the capacity to work in a team. Coaching skills for the guidance of students (e.g. during their stay abroad or internship) are an asset.
The candidate must be able to provide an excellent research record. The research quality should be reflected in international publications and participation in international research programmes and conferences. International research experience and fieldwork in China are an asset.
A good knowledge of Dutch and English is a prerequisite. The official administrative language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in meetings. Before teaching courses in Dutch, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch to the required standard.
We offer full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that conducts both fundamental and applied academic research. It has a strong interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary focus and strives for international excellence. To this end, it collaborates actively with its research partners at home and abroad. It offers its students an academic education based on high-level scholarly research.
You will be appointed to the position of tenure track assistant professor for a period of 5 years; afterwards, subject to a positive evaluation, you will be appointed to the tenured position of associate professor.
KU Leuven is well-equipped to welcome foreign professors and their families and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching, etc.
To facilitate academic onboarding and accelerate research in the first phase, a starting grant of 110,000 euro is offered to new professors who cannot rely on substantial other funding and who are appointed for at least 50%.
For more information please contact prof. dr. Nicolas Standaert (firstname.lastname@example.org), coordinator of Chinese Studies, or the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, prof. dr. Liesbet Heyvaert (email@example.com).
Your motivation letter should be accompanied by a biosketch in which you demonstrate your added value as an academic for the core tasks of research, education and service in your past career and for your future activities (max. 2 pages) and an extensive CV including a complete list of publications. In addition, you draw up a research plan with attention to the development of a research line, specifying relevant collaborations with other researchers (max. 2 pages), as well as a teaching plan with your vision on academic education and educational organisation (max. 2 pages).
For problems with online applying, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can apply for this job no later than January 30, 2023 via the online application tool
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