University of Salzburg – PhD in Non-European and Global History

Vacancy: GZ A 0064/1-2019

The University of Salzburg, Austria, is offering a PhD position in Non-European and Global History (4 years, full time, i.e. 30 hours), with a focus on Asian Maritime History.

Start: 01.10.2019
End: 30.09.2023

Duties and functions:

Independent research including the writing of a PhD; Scientific support in research and teaching in the field of Non-European and Global History; After the 3rd year of employment 2 hours of teaching weekly are required; Administrative functions.

The dissertation has to be written as a part of the collaborative research project: “Appraising Risk, Past and Present: Interrogating Historical Data to Enhance Understanding of Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World.”

Candidates should be knowledgeable in the history of Asia between approximately 500 and 1800 CE (preferably Chinese history) with a research focus on cross-cultural and/or knowledge and technology transfer and/or commercial relations across maritime Silk Routes. The position will enable him/her to work within an international and interdisciplinary network of scholars working on various aspects of inter-Asian connections and interactions.

Required degree and qualification:

Diploma or Masters degree in Global History or a comparable degree. Candidates should have a background in Sinology or Asian Studies, with a focus on Global History. A very good command of modern and traditional Chinese is required.

The successful candidate should be open to new methodological approaches, including the combination of textual and archaeological sources. They should possesses a strong knowledge of classical Chinese and at least one other language related to the proposed topic of research. Working languages are English and German.

Capacity for teamwork required.

Applications should be addressed to the rector of Salzburg University, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heinrich Schmidinger, and be sent electronically, together with a letter of intent and a research proposal, as well as 3 recommendation letters, indicating the number of the vacancy (GZ A 0064/1-2019) via e-mail to

Closing date for applications is May 29, 2019