Jain Studies

Postdoctoral Fellow in Jain Studies at Rice University

Postdoctoral Fellow in Jain Studies

Houston, TX

Department: Chao Center for Asian Studies

Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time

Requisition Number: P19077

Open Date: 03/19/2019

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Position SummaryThe Chao Center for Asian Studies (CCAS) at Rice University is currently accepting applications for the Bhagwaan Mahavir/Chao Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Jain Studies to begin July 1, 2019 (pending funding approval). The search is open to any aspects of academic research in Jainism and the Jain communities, and applicants with a focus on transnational Jainism will be given priority. By “transnational,” we mean an approach that devotes particular attention to the movement of people, products, ideas, beliefs, ethics, technologies, etc. across established borders and boundaries.

The annual stipend is $50,000, with an additional $5,000 for research and travel, and a one-time relocation allowance of $3,000 will also be provided. Renewal for the second year will be contingent upon the appointee’s performance in the first year.

There is no application deadline, and this position will remain open until filled.

Education Required: PhD or other Doctoral Degree

Major/DisciplineApplicants must have a PhD degree in hand by the time of appointment in one of the following fields: anthropology, Asian American studies, Asian studies, global health studies, history, religion, science and technology studies, sociology, or women’s/gender/sexuality studies.

Experience Required: 6 months

Type of Experience:Research experience.

Skills RequiredResearch and publication skills.

Physical DemandsTypical office environment.

Working ConditionsTypical office environment.

Security Sensitive: Yes

Special Instructions to ApplicantsAdditional explanation regarding three of the required documents:

  • Writing sample: If the writing sample is available online, a web link can be submitted instead of the paper itself.
  • Research statement: This statement should address one’s research agenda and publication strategy.
  • Transcript(s): An unofficial transcript can be submitted as part of the application. Please note that an official transcript clearly indicating conferral of a PhD degree will be required before an offer is made.

There is no application deadline, and this position will remain open until filled, and letters of recommendation will be requested only for short-listed candidates.

Job Duty Name: Research
Description of Job Duty:* Participate in the Center’s Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI) leading to one public seminar and two publishable articles per year

Percentage of Time: 60

Job Duty Name: Teaching
Description of Job Duty:* Teach two classes per year

Percentage of Time: 40