[KS] Usawa Postdoctoral Fellow - EALC | SOAS University of London

Grace Koh gk5 at soas.ac.uk
Mon Dec 13 05:45:59 EST 2021

Dear Colleagues,

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) of SOAS
University of London is happy to announce the following postdoctoral
fellowship. Please share the announcement with your students and colleagues.

Further information including a link to the job specification can be found
at:  https://vacancies.soas.ac.uk/job/222408.

Usawa Postdoctoral Fellow - EALC

Job title: Usawa Postdoctoral Fellow

Department: East Asian Languages and Cultures

Contract Type: Fixed Term (24 months)

Salary: Grade 7 - £37,920 - £43,913 pa inclusive

SOAS University of London is the leading Higher Education institution in
Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle
East.  SOAS University of London is positioned to play a leading role in
reimagining higher education globally, with a new strategic plan in place
as the basis for the renewal and revitalisation of the School which commits
SOAS to both student responsiveness and research intensity. SOAS is moving
towards a new model of international partnerships which is responsive to
the transnational character of our global challenges.

About the department

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures’ (EALC) expertise in
the languages and cultures of China, Japan and Korea covers one of the
oldest yet most dynamic and important regions of the world. The department
runs undergraduate programmes in Chinese, Japanese and Korean as well as a
BA in East Asian Studies as well as Masters programmes in Chinese Studies,
Japanese Studies, and Korean Studies.

About the role

Usawa Post-Doctoral Fellowship is to encourage an outstanding Black and
Minority Ethnic candidate to commence an academic career in the SOAS
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures’ (EALC). With this
postdoctoral research post, the Department is seeking to strengthen its
work on intensifying inequalities in the wake of the pandemic through an
interdisciplinary lens. We are particularly interested in scholars
committed to critical examination of historical and contemporary social
issues related to racial discrimination in East Asia.

About you

The successful candidate will be expected to pursue a research and
publishing agenda of international quality within their chosen field. The
successful candidate will: Publish research (individually as well as
jointly) based on PhD and other projects in internationally renowned
journals; Develop research proposals and grant applications for own and/ or
joint research with colleagues, particularly colleagues in the Global
South; Conduct individual and collaborative research projects; Help
strengthen links between the East Asian Languages and Cultures department
and research institutions and partners in the Global South; Through
research, proactively work towards the decolonising the academy; Contribute
to defined teaching and administrative duties at the level of the

You can find further information on the key criteria for the role in the
Job Description and Person Specification, along with a full list of duties
and responsibilities, which can be found on the SOAS website (

How to Apply:

Academic: Please complete the online application form and upload your CV
and a supporting statement that addresses your experience in line with the
job specification.

Closing date:             3rd January 2021 at 23:59

Interviews to be held: Week of 17th January 2022

Further information

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the
application process, please contact hr-recruitment at soas.ac.uk

'Successful candidates will need to demonstrate their eligibility to work
in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to
work for the duration of their employment with SOAS, in accordance with the
Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006'

For information on how and why SOAS processes personal data about its job
applicants, please read our Job Applicant Notice.

We would particularly welcome applications from candidates from working
class, first generation Higher Education, the Global South, Black, Asian or
other minority ethnic and underrepresented groups. All appointment
decisions will be made on merit, following a fair and competitive process.

Dr Grace Koh (DPhil)
Lecturer in Korean Literature
EALC Departmental Director of Learning & Teaching
Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures (EALC)
SOAS University of London
Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4290
Email: gk5 at soas.ac.uk


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