Open Position: Associate Professor in Internal Migration and Urbanization at Shanghai University

Shanghai University

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One Associate Professor is sought to conduct research and teaching in the School of Sociology at Shanghai University. The successful candidate will be based in the internal migration and urbanization pillar 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 has also 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, the staff of ADRI are a mix of Chinese and foreign scholars. ADRI is the headquarters of the Asian MetaCentre and offers M.A. and Ph.D. programs in demography. English is the working language at ADRI. More details can be found online: or on Twitter @ADRIshanghai.

Job Description:

The Associate Professor will develop his/her own research agenda focusing on internal migration and urbanization. He/she will work in collaboration with other scholars in the internal migration and urbanization pillar, led by Yu Zhu, investigating a range of issues on internal migration and urbanization, including (but not limited to) patterns of internal migration and urbanization; the mobility transition and the settlement transition; and international comparative studies of internal migration and urbanization (particularly in Asia). The Associate Professor will be expected to develop research for publication in leading demographic journals, be capable of teaching courses on the ADRI graduate program and explore external funding opportunities.


The successful candidate will have a background in the study of migration and/or urbanization with a Ph.D. in demography, sociology, geography, economics or a related disciple. Priority will be given to candidates demonstrating a good and growing publication record in peer reviewed journals.

Conditions of Employment:

Basic employment packages follow standard Chinese government guidelines. The associate Professor is a permanent position.  Start date is negotiable. The post includes a subsided apartment near the university campus and a housing bursary.

ADRI will support suitable candidates with applications to Shanghai and national schemes for high-skilled researchers. These schemes further boost employment packages to be internationally competitive. 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 (500-750 words in English) detailing the applicant’s suitability for the job.

2. Curriculum Vitae.

3. English language writing samples. Published journal articles are preferred.

The search for a candidate will remain open until the position is filled. General enquiries and applications should be sent via email to Zhang Yu:

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