[Opportunity] UC Berkeley: Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Buddhist Studies

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 22nd, 2021

Next review date: Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

With the generous support of the Shinnyo-en Foundation, the Program in Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley is pleased to invite applications for a two-year full-time postdoctoral research-teaching fellowship. The term of the appointment is July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023.

The Fellowship is intended to foster the academic careers of recent Ph.D.’s, providing time to pursue their research along with the opportunity to gain teaching experience. Fellows are expected to teach one course per year as a Lecturer under the auspices of the Group in Buddhist Studies. In addition, Fellows will give a public lecture on their research as part of the Center for Buddhist Studies Colloquium Series, and they are expected to take part in regular Center for Buddhist Studies events and workshops. We particularly welcome applicants whose research and teaching interests complement areas covered by Berkeley’s Buddhist Studies faculty.
Fellows will be provided with office space, library privileges, salary of approximately $60,000 per annum, benefits, and $2,500 per annum in research/travel funds. Funding and administrative support is also available for Fellows to convene workshops and conferences in their area of research.

Applicants whose teaching and research interests are primarily in the area of Japanese Buddhism should apply to the Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Buddhism, administered through the Center for Japanese
Studies at UC Berkeley, rather than to the Shinjo Ito Fellowship in Buddhist Studies.

Applicants whose teaching and research interests are primarily in the area of Chinese Buddhism should apply to the Sheng Yen Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Buddhism, also administered through the Center for Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley, rather than to the Shinjo Ito Fellowship in Buddhist Studies.

Basic Qualifications (at the time of application):

  • Completion of all degree requirements other than the dissertation.

Additional Qualifications (must be met by the start date of the job):

  • Candidates may have no more than three years of post-PhD research experience.
  • PhD or equivalent international degree by start date.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent international degree in Buddhist Studies or a closely related field.

Notification of Award:

All application materials must be submitted through AP Recruit at https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02828. The position is open until filled. Please direct any questions to Sanjyot Mehendale at sanjyotm@berkeley.edu.

All letters of recommendation will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

Only complete applications will be considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all documentation is complete to ensure full consideration. Awards are anticipated to be announced in March, 2021.

For more information about Buddhist Studies at Berkeley, please visit http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Listing degrees, any publications, and teaching experience
  • Graduate School Transcripts
  • Personal statement – A personal statement of no more than 2000 words outlining previous research (including dissertation), the research the applicant will undertake during the term of the fellowship, future professional goals, as well as any other information deemed relevant to the application.
  • Writing Sample
  • Statement of Teaching Interests – A two- to four-page statement of teaching interests, along with two brief course proposals (with optional syllabi) of courses they propose to teach for the Group in Buddhist Studies (Note: UC Berkeley courses normally meet a total of three or four hours per week throughout a fourteen-week semester)
  • Letter from Home Institution – Candidates who do not yet hold a Ph.D. but expect to by June 30, 2021, should supply a letter from their home institution confirming their schedule to completion.

Reference requirements

  • 3 letters of reference required

Job location

Berkeley, California

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