Post-doctoral Research Associate, BRI

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-06-17
Req: R0007434

The University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences seeks applicants for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position to participate in the “Assessment of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)” project sponsored by the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation (CGII:, the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (, and the East Asia Center (EAC:   Over forty faculty members from multiple departments across schools at the University have formed collaborative working groups to address topics such as the historical antecedents of BRI; the political, economic and environmental impact; the ethics and governance of BRI; and the future of global smart cities. The interdisciplinary and cross-regional project Post-doctoral Research Associate will:

1.      Help coordinate interdisciplinary activities across working groups; help define intellectual direction of the broader project; help make the project visible across various media platforms.

2.      Conduct research on her/his own specialty as related to BRI and in relation to project working groups.

3.      Teach one class on BRI in an area of her/his own specialization.

Appropriate research and mentoring support will be provided, including faculty mentoring from the home department of the Research Associate’s own discipline. In addition to the home department, the Post-doctoral Research Associate will be associated with CGII and the East Asia Center.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: a Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment is required. Candidates are expected to have demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary research, experience in and evidence of achievement in field(s) relevant to BRI studies, and a desire to expand scholarly efforts researching BRI. Having a working language in addition to English is preferred.


Applicants of all fields will be considered, with the following areas particularly encouraged: economics, environmental science, politics, and sociology. Regardless of discipline, applicants should be strongly oriented to interdisciplinary work.

PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “Post-doctoral Research Associate, BRI”. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, a research statement, a brief description of a proposed course, contact information for three references, and a writing sample of no more than 40 pages.

PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board, (Requisition number R0007434) complete the application and attach a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, a research statement, a brief description of a proposed course, contact information for three references, and a writing sample of no more than 40 pages.  Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.

***Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on Monday, July 1, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Dorothy Wong, Professor of Art and Director, East Asia Center, at [email protected]   

For questions about the application process, please contact Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor, at [email protected]

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 6/18/2019
Application Due: 8/10/2019
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