The Chair for Global History (18th to 20th centuries) invites applications. The Chair for Global History brings the contributions of both history and area studies to the still developing field of global history. Its temporal frame is roughly the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Areas of research include socioeconomic transformations in Japan and Asia from the mid-nineteenth century onwards; Japanese imperialism and imperial rivalries in and across the Asia-Pacific region; the history of Japanese and Chinese overseas diaspora communities; the movement of knowledge and goods across the Asia-Pacific region; the relationship between maritime histories and traditional land-based histories; and the wider challenges of studying connections and entanglements in the modern world.
Depending on the appointee's current research stage: Establish, consolidate and finalize their PhD thesis
Conduct necessary research to finish their PhD thesis
Teach new, area-based courses within the field of Global History
Participate in Research Colloquia and Workshops of the Chair
Support the Chair in research-related matters
Research interests in Japanese history and/or the history of the Asia-Pacific region from 1800 to the present
Excellent working knowledge of Japanese (to research level)
Outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate training (including completed MA)
Excellent research and organizational skills
Commitment to develop and teach new, area-based courses within the field of Global History
Advanced German communication skills (desirable)
What we offer
Successful applicants will join one of Europe's leading history departments with thriving postgraduate and postdoctoral communities. The position offers attractive working conditions, including dedicated office space at the Chair for Global History, and protected research time. The salary is based on the salary system of the Canton of Zurich. After a one-year probation, the position is renewable for the duration of the PhD (up to six years in total).
Place of work
University of Zurich Department of History Karl Schmid-Strasse 4 CH-8006 Zurich
Start of employment
Starting date 1 August 2020 (negotiable).
Applicants should send the following documents as a single PDF file:
Cover Letter (in English)
Curriculum Vitae (in English)
Certificates of Higher Education (BA and MA academic transcripts or equivalents)
A 1,000-word summary of proposed PhD topic (in English)
A 4,000–6,000 word writing sample (in English)
Applicants should also separately arrange for two academic referees to email confidential references by 17:00 (CET), Monday 30 March 2020. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure references arrive by the application deadline. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in person or via Skype.