Postdoctoral Fellow in Political and Foreign Policy Studies

The China Institute of the University of Alberta, Canada’s premier policy think tank and research centre on China, is seeking a post-doctoral fellow for a one-year term with the possibility of extension.  Shorter terms may also be considered.

The ideal candidate would have completed a PhD (within the past 4 years) in policy studies, the politics of China, Asia contemporary regional studies, or other relevant fields with established research interests in contemporary Chinese politics and foreign policies.

The successful candidate would be expected to work at the China Institute to conduct research on Chinese politics and foreign policy related themes. Potential topics for research can include, but not necessarily be limited to: diplomatic relations between China and Canada, strategic rivalries between China and the United States, China’s foreign policy development under President Xi and China’s relations within EU and East Asia.

The post-doctoral fellow would also be welcome to conduct research on related topics of his/her own interest and would be encouraged to publish while at the China Institute and actively take part in academic activities at the China Institute. Fluency in English is required and strong writing and analytical skills are essential.

The post-doctoral position will be accorded salary and benefits in accordance with experience and policies for post-doctoral fellows at the University of Alberta. The China Institute would provide opportunities and some financial support for the fellow to travel to conferences related to his/her field of research on behalf of the China Institute.

To apply:
Candidates should submit their statement of Interest including potential research topic, C.V., two reference letters and two relevant publications or writing samples (up to 15 pages each) to the following:

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Closing date:

The position will remain open until filled and the start date is flexible. 

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta offers appointments on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and Aboriginal persons.