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Assistant/Associate Professor and Postdoctoral Researchers in Migration

Posted: 3/13/2018 (Employment)


An Assistant or Associate Professor and Postdoctoral Researchers are sought to conduct research and teach in the School of Sociology at Shanghai University. Successful candidates will be based in the international migration of the Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI).

The highly rated School of Sociology and Political Sciences at Shanghai University is one of only four `National Key Disciplines` for Sociology in China. The School also has been awarded the `Peak Discipline` (高峰学科) and `Double Excellence Discipline` (双一流学科) national titles.

The Asian Demographic Research Institute, founded in 2015 by the School of Sociology and Political Sciences, aims to be a leading centre for demographic research in the Asia region. Currently comprised of four research pillars, funding is in place for ADRI to grow to approximately 20 research positions, to be filled by a mix of Chinese and foreign scholars. ADRI is the new headquarters of the Asian MetaCenter with MSc and PhD programs in Demography. English is the working language at ADRI. More details can be found online: or on Twitter @ADRIshanghai.

Job Description

The Assistant or Associate Professor will develop their own research agenda focusing on international migration. He/she will work in collaboration with other scholars in the international migration pillar, led by Guy Abel (National Youth 1000 Talent, Shanghai 1000 Foreign Expert), investigating a range of international migration patterns including one or more of; global migration patterns, comparative studies of international migration in Asia, non-Chinese populations in China, Chinese population abroad and the role of migration in population projections. They will be expected to develop their research for publication in leading demographic journals, be capable of teaching courses on the ADRI graduate program and explore external funding opportunities.
The Postdoctoral Researcher will be expected to work on similar topics with less teaching and funding responsibilities.


The successful candidate will have a background in the study of migration (internal or international) with a PhD in demography, sociology, geography, economics or a related disciple. Applications from current doctoral students close to finishing their studies will also be considered. He/she should have a quantitative research orientation to complement the other members of the international migration pillar. The Assistant or Associate Professor position requires candidates to at least one publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Conditions of Employment (All Posts)

Basic employment packages follow standard Chinese government guidelines. Assistant or Associate Professor are permanent positions. Postdoctoral Researcher contracts lengths are offered for two years. Start dates are negotiable. All posts including an apartment on the university campus or a housing bursary of equivalent value. Significant bonus payments are awarded for each successful lead-author publication in SCI or SSCI registered journals.

ADRI will support suitable candidates with applications to Shanghai and National schemes for high skilled researchers. These schemes further boost employment packages to match equivalent positions in top US or European institutes. ADRI has already been successful in supporting a range of similar applications by new staff members.

Application and Further Information

Only electronic submissions in standard document formats (preferably PDF) via the relevant email (below) will be accepted. The following application materials are expected:

1. A cover letter detailing the position of interests (Postdoctoral Researcher, Assistant or Associate Professor) and suitability for the job. 2. Curriculum Vitae. 3. One English language writing sample. Published journal articles are preferred.

The search for candidates will remain open until the position is filled. General enquiries and applications should be sent via email to

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Location: Shanghai University