The Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia (Vancouver campus), invites applications for the Khyentse Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Tibetan Buddhist Studies. The Department of Asian Studies has strengths in a number of areas, including East Asian and South Asian history, religion, literary culture and thought. The interdisciplinary UBC Himalaya Program brings together faculty and students across campus with interests in the Himalayan region. Information about the Department of Asian Studies and faculty research can be found on its website, www.asia.ubc.ca; information about the UBC Himalaya Program is available at https://himalaya.arts.ubc.ca/.
This postdoctoral position is generously funded by the Khyentse Foundation. It is a one-year position, commencing September 1, 2018, potentially renewable for a second year subject to availability of funds, performance appraisal, and approval from the Department. Postdoctoral Fellow appointments, according to UBC Policy #61, are intended to be temporary positions that begin within five years of being awarded the Ph.D. degree. The successful Fellow will teach two courses per year on topics related to Tibetan Buddhism: one undergraduate course, and either an additional undergraduate course or a graduate seminar. The Fellow will be expected to conduct research in Tibetan Buddhism, and such research may include Tibetan Buddhism’s connections to other Buddhist traditions and/or to other research themes in the Himalayan region (for example, but not limited to, art, medicine, social change). The Fellow is expected to work closely with faculty in both Asian Studies and the UBC Himalaya Program throughout the term of appointment.
The starting salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.
The application dossier should include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, description of research program, a sample chapter or scholarly paper (maximum 30 pages), and evidence of teaching effectiveness. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three signed, confidential letters of recommendation sent separately by the same deadline. All application materials and reference letters should be submitted online at https://asia.air.arts.ubc.ca/application-form-2018-khyentse-foundation-postdoctoral-fellow-in-tibetan-buddhist-studies/.
The deadline for the receipt of applications and letters of recommendation is June 15, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.
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