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Academic Assistant

The Chair for Global History (18th to 20th centuries) invites applications for:

Academic Assistant (60% PhD-position)
Department of History, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Deadline for Applications: 17:00 (CET), 30 March 2020

We welcome applications from candidates who possess:
• 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)

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 oneyear probation, the position is renewable for the duration of the PhD (up to six years in total). Starting date 1 August 2020 (negotiable).

Please direct academic enquiries to Prof. Dr. Martin Dusinberre (

Please direct procedural enquiries, and completed applications, to David Möller (

Applicants should email David Möller 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 directly to 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.


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