Postdoctoral Scholar in East Asian Art History

Position Description

CAEA Postdoctoral Scholar Position Description

The Center for the Art of East Asia (CAEA) and the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago invite applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in conjunction with the CAEA’s digital humanities initiative, the Dispersed Chinese Art Digitalization Project (DCADP): This research-based position will assist the Project’s scholarly engagements and includes the following:

  • Research of artifacts and related objects featured in the DCADP Project.
  • Organization of annual DCADP conference.
  • Assist DCADP publications, publish scholarly works using project materials.
  • Assist in planning and curating of DCADP-related exhibitions.

The expected start date of the position is July 1, 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter. The selected candidate will be appointed as a Postdoctoral Scholar for an initial term of one year, with reappointment possible for a total of four years.


Applicants must have completed all requirements for receipt of a Ph.D. in Art History or a related field by the start of the position, with a specialization in Chinese art history in any subfield or period. Preferred qualifications include: Research focuses on Chinese art and architecture of the Medieval and Middle Periods; Interest in digital humanities, museum studies, collection history, and/or studies of cultural relics and heritages; Ability to incorporate digital imaging technologies in art historical research; Ability to work with texts and images in both English and the Chinese language.  

The deadline is March 4th, 2024.  

Application Instructions

We request that applicants email the following materials to  

  1. A cover letter explaining research interests and how this position offers opportunities to advance your research. 

  1. A statement detailing experiences and skills to work in the DCADP’s framework and potential projects to advance the DCADP’s mission and goals, limited to 1200 words. For missions, projects, and outcomes of the DCADP, please visit  

  1. One writing sample most representative of your scholarship. 

  1. Contact information for 3 references that can provide a recommendation letter upon request  

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide additional documents if needed. Interviews will be conducted on Zoom.  

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