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Mapping Global China (MPG) Postdoctoral Fellow

NYU Shanghai
China (CN)
Start date
Oct 30, 2023

Job Details

As part of the "Mapping Global China" (MPG) initiative to elucidate China's global footprint through data-driven analysis, NYU Shanghai welcomes applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position to exceptional researchers. Selection will hinge on academic excellence, the pertinence of a candidate's professional experience and research in relation to the role, along with required budgetary approvals.

Position Description

The person will have the title of “Postdoctoral Fellow” at NYU Shanghai and will be affiliated with the research initiative “Mapping Global China” (MPG). In addition to conducting research in their specific area of expertise, the role encompasses a broad range of duties, from assisting with grant applications and overseeing MPG projects to engaging with stakeholders. The fellowship may start as early as February 1, 2024, subject to immigration regulations, for a period of up to one year, with the possibility of an extension for a second year. 

Position Expectations

The fellow will be expected to prepare and submit at least two academic articles or a book manuscript for publication during the fellowship period related to the MPG Initiative. In addition to research, the fellow will be expected to assist in collaborative activities between MPG and other institutions, including but not limited to: editing newsletter; outreach; project management; and organizing conferences and workshops.

Terms of employment at NYU Shanghai are comparable to NYU New York and other U.S. institutions.  


Qualified applicants must receive a P.h.D in the fields of humanities and social sciences by December 15, 2023. A publication record in a relevant field is desirable. Preference will be given to those who are fluent in English and Chinese.

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrable experience in research, preferably with published works in reputable journals or conferences.
  • Experience in managing and executing research projects.
  • Proven track record in writing and assisting with grant applications, with a preference for those who have successfully secured funding.
  • Experience in working with and engaging diverse stakeholders, including academic peers, industry partners, governmental bodies, and the public.
  • Strong written and verbal communication abilities. The candidate should be capable of presenting research findings to both academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Research focus: China’s presence in the world, especially investments in infrastructures, over the past few decades.
  • Quantitative and or/qualitative research expertise.
  • Familiarity with regions of significance, including China, and areas like Africa, Central Asia, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Ideal Familiarity with data-driven analysis tools or methodologies relevant to your project's focus
  • Ability to work autonomously, take initiative, and propose solutions or improvements when necessary.
  • Language Skills: Proficiency in English is essential. Additional language skills, especially related to the regions of interest, would be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of research ethics and adherence to the highest standards of academic and professional conduct.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Detailed CV in both English and Chinese;
  • A one-page Cover Letter
  • 1-2 published articles (electronic copies);
  • Names and email addresses for at least two referees. Referees may be contacted to upload a reference letter through Interfolio.

Applications may be received until December 15, 2023. To apply, follow this link If you have any questions on the application process, please email the NYU Shanghai NY Office of Faculty Recruitment Qualified applicants will be notified for an interview after preliminary selection. The application outcome will be announced before February 15, 2023. Please contact Maria Adele Carrai at with any questions on the fellowship or MPG initiative. 

About NYU Shanghai:

NYU Shanghai is the third degree-granting campus within New York University’s Global Network. It is the first higher education joint venture in China authorized to grant degrees that are accredited in the U.S. as well as in China. All teaching is conducted in English. A research university with liberal arts and science at its core, NYU Shanghai resides in one of the world's great cities with a vibrant intellectual community. NYU Shanghai recruits scholars of the highest caliber who are committed to NYU's global vision of transformative teaching and innovative research and who embody the global society in which we live.

NYU’s Global Network includes degree-granting campuses in New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi, complemented by twelve additional academic centers across the world. Faculty and students may circulate within the network in pursuit of common research interests and cross-cultural, interdisciplinary endeavors, both local and global.

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NYU Shanghai is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity, and social inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from under-represented individuals in the profession, across color, creed, race, ethnic and national origin, physical ability, and gender and sexual identity. NYU Shanghai affirms the value of differing perspectives on the world as we strive to build the strongest possible university with the widest reach.  


NYU Shanghai

Founded in 2012, NYU Shanghai is China's first Sino-US research university and the third degree-granting campus of the NYU Global Network. 

he newly constructed NYU Shanghai campus is located in the Pudong district of downtown Shanghai. Fifteen stories tall, with two additional levels underground, the academic building contains 55,000 square meters (550,000 square feet) which houses an expansive library, with an extensive physical and electronic collection with access to NYU’s global library resources; a 300-seat auditorium; a 150-person colloquium space; a theater, music, and arts hall; and kitchen and dining facilities.

Generously equipped with classrooms capable of accommodating varying class sizes, dedicated floors for teaching and practical laboratories for various sciences, intimate study spaces, and faculty and administrative offices, the building will function as a campus unto itself and as the center of a thriving academic community.

Wireless IT services and a robust IT infrastructure ensure that the building, and by extension, the students and faculty, remain fully connected to the NYU global network.

Shanghai is a place where soaring sky-scrapers cast shadows on old lane houses, where one-man rickshaws wait for passengers outside the station for one of the world’s fastest trains, and where fine cuisine from around the world and 50 cent fried rice are available on the same street. With the constant interplay of change and development in a historical setting, Shanghai is truly an exciting place to be and lends itself to a vibrant student life in and outside of the classroom.

Shanghai is the largest city in China, with best estimates placing the population at 16 to 24 million inhabitants. The city has a truly unique history, even though it could be considered relatively young when compared with Beijing and other cities. This characteristic, however, is central to the framework that makes Shanghai what it is today. Besides being China’s economic center, it is also an increasingly popular tourist destination with more than three million tourists annually, a number that is on the rise.

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