The James Legge Memorial Junior Research Fellowship in Comparative Aesthetics and Art History

The James Legge Memorial Junior Research Fellowship in Comparative Aesthetics and Art History

Corpus Christi College proposes to elect a stipendiary James Legge Junior Research Fellow in Comparative Aesthetics and Art History, tenable for three years with effect from October 2019.  The appointee will engage in internationally recognised research at the postdoctoral level in the calligraphy and/or painting of Imperial China. In making this appointment, the College’s decision will be based primarily on the quality of each candidate’s research and on his/her potential for an academic career.

The salary will be £31,302 per annum.  The Fellow will also be entitled to full lunching and dining rights and will receive a research allowance (£2,419) and a hospitality allowance (£442).  These are the current figures.

Applicants will normally be expected to have submitted for a higher research degree before taking up a Junior Research Fellowship.

The appointee will be based at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, OX1 4JF.

Applications should be submitted, by email to and should include a completed cover sheet, a letter of application, explaining how you meet the selection criteria below, a CV, a list of publications, a 1,000-word description of present and future research interests and a completed Equal Opportunities Form.  Applications should be received by 4 January 2019.  Referees should be asked to write directly, by email, to to, their references to be received by not later than 4 January 2019. Those shortlisted will be asked to submit an example of work (of no more than 20,000 words to comprise published or forthcoming articles or chapters from his/her doctoral dissertation) before interview.  Interviews will be held in Oxford on 11 March 2019 (or by Skype if necessary).


This post is intended to provide a promising scholar with a congenial environment for the development of his/her research beyond the doctoral level.  Within that broad aim, the committee will make its decision by seeking evidence of the following attributes of candidates:

  • Distinguished and imaginative research at doctoral level, and plans for future research of a similar or greater quality.
  • The capacity to think originally with objects of material and visual culture. The committee may give preference to candidates willing to employ comparative approaches to the phenomenology or aesthetics of Chinese art.
  • The ability to defend the work submitted before the scrutiny of the interviewing panel.