Postdoctoral Fellow – USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies

Position: 9mo postdoc, 2019-2020
Institution: Center for Asia Pacific Studies, University of San Francisco
Location: San Francisco, California

The University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies is pleased to announce the call for applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship. The term of the appointment is for 9 months during the 2019-2020 academic year.

The fellowship is intended to promote the career of a recent PhD by providing an opportunity for the successful applicant to gain administrative, teaching, and research experience. The Postdoctoral Fellow will serve as the academic coordinator for the USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies’ new undergraduate student fellowship program 2 days a week during regular office hours and spend at least 1 additional day a week on campus pursuing his/her academic research.

Full Job Description:

The Fellow will be Required to:
*Serve as the academic coordinator for the Center for Asia Pacific Studies’ undergraduate student fellowship program.
*Pursue independent academic research on a topic in the field of East Asian Studies (border crossing and transnational topics are especially welcome).
*Be in residence for the duration of the 9-month appointment. (The fellow must begin the appointment between August 20 and September 30, 2019). Actively engage with the center’s faculty, students, and staff as fellow by attending Center for Asia Pacific Studies events (public programs and academic activities).
*Reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.
*Present his/her research at one public lecture/or brown bag lecture during the course of the fellowship.

Candidates must have a PhD in the field of Asian Studies (social sciences and the humanities) at the time of the appointment. (A certified copy of the PhD certificate is required before the appointment start date.)

The fellow should be within 5 years of having received the Ph.D. by the beginning of the appointment.

Review of applications will begin July 15, 2019 and remain open until the position is filled.

Required Application Materials:
*Cover letter
*Curriculum vitae
*Writing sample
*5-10 page double-spaced description of proposed research and deliverable
outcomes for the year, including the contribution the research would make in the relevant field(s) and to the USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies.
*One or two writing samples (publications, drafts of journal articles or dissertation chapters)
*Letters of recommendation from two people, at least one of whom is based in the United States, who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s scholarly work.

All application materials must be submitted via e-mail to:
Subject Line: Postdoctoral Scholar Application

Contact for Questions:
Melissa S. Dale, PhD
Executive Director & Associate Professor
USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080 USA
(415) 422-2590

Since 1988, the USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies has offered events and programs that promote greater understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Asia Pacific region. Fostering and promoting innovative research and teaching designed to create conversation and dialogue, the center regularly organizes and hosts public programs, academic symposia, and conferences on topics important for our understanding of Asia both historically and today. Our programs attracted diverse audiences, consisting of faculty, students from USF and other leading universities in the San Francisco Bay Area, and members of the interested public. Please visit the Center’s website ( for more information about the center and our work.

To apply, visit:—Center-for-Asia-Pacific-Studies_R0001467.

About Travis

I am a scholar of Japanese & Okinawan history with a particular interest in the history of arts and culture, and inter-Asia interactions, in the early modern period. I have been fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to live in Okinawa for six months in 2016-17, and in mainland Japan on multiple occasions, including from Sept 2019 to now.
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