Resident Academic Full Time Post in Chinese

Call for Applications
Resident Academic Full Time Post in Chinese 
Department of Oriental Studies - Faculty of Arts

Applications are invited for Resident Academic Full-Time post in Chinese at the Department of Oriental Studies within the Faculty of Arts of the University of Malta. 

The appointment will be on an indefinite basis, subject to a one-year probationary period, up to statutory retirement age.

The appointee will be required to contribute to the teaching, research, administration, and other activities of the Department of Oriental Studies in the Faculty of Arts, and as may be required by the University.

Candidates must be in possession of a PhD in Chinese or equivalent research-based doctorate from a reputable university and have a demonstrable commitment to research with a firmly established or highly promising publications profile. The appointee must have native or near-native fluency in Chinese Mandarin and English and demonstrate capacity to work flexibly and collaboratively in a team environment. The selected candidate will be required to contribute to core study-units in Chinese, teach language classes at different levels and supervise honours research students in disciplines of Chinese culture studies. Knowledge of classical Chinese language and literature is an asset. 

The Resident Academic Stream is composed of four grades, being Professor, Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer and Lecturer. Entry into the grade of Lecturer or above shall only be open to persons in possession of a Ph.D. or an equivalent research-based doctorate within strict guidelines established by the University.

The annual salary for 2020 attached to the respective grades in the Resident Academic Stream is as follows:

*Professor: €43,119 plus an Academic Supplement of €29,822 and a Professorial Allowance of €2,330
*Associate Professor: €39,603 plus Academic Supplement of €22,850 and a Professorial Allowance of €1,423
Senior Lecturer: €35,881 plus an Academic Supplement of €16,346
Lecturer: €29,737 with an annual increment of €641 to €31,660 and an Academic Supplement of €13,446

*In exceptional circumstances, the University will consider appointing an applicant at the grade of Professor or Associate Professor when the applicant already holds a similar professorial appointment at a University of repute.

The University of Malta will provide academic staff with financial resources through the Academic Resources Fund to support continuous professional development and to provide the tools and resources required by an academic to adequately fulfil the teaching and academic research commitments within the University.

The University of Malta may also appoint promising and exceptional candidates into the grade of Assistant Lecturer, provided that they are committed to obtain the necessary qualifications to enter the Resident Academic Stream. Such candidates will either have achieved exceptional results at undergraduate level, be already in possession of a relevant Masters qualification, or would have been accepted for or already in the process of achieving their PhD.

Assistant Lecturer with Masters: €27,757 with an annual increment of €596 to €29,545 and Academic Supplement of €4,767
Assistant Lecturer: €25,845 with an annual increment of €531 to €27,438 and an Academic Supplement of €4,535

Applicants should submit their letter of application by e-mail to together with their curriculum vitae, certificates and names and e-mails of three referees.

Applications should be received by Wednesday 18 March 2020.

Late applications will not be considered.

Further Information

General Working Obligations:

The conditions of work for a Resident Academic of the University of Malta, are set out in the ‘Collective Agreement for Academic Staff of the University of Malta’ and the ‘Manual of Conduct and Procedures’.

The commitment of a Resident Academic is based on a 40-hour week, with flexible times depending on established time-tables and distributed reasonably between teaching, academic research and other academic work (including academic administration and professional activity).

The official lecturing times of the University of Malta are Monday to Friday, between 08:00 and 20:00 hours and the successful candidate will be required to lecture at any time within the official teaching times during term-time. The appointment will be subject to a probationary period of one year and to the provisions of the Statutes, Regulations and Bye-Laws of the University of Malta which are now or which may hereafter be in force.

The Department of Oriental Studies: The Chinese Stream

The Department of Oriental Studies, formerly known as the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Studies, was established in 1999. It is responsible for all undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas in Arabic, Hebrew, Near Eastern Studies, and Chinese. The department promotes an interdisciplinary approach, and different members of staff are expert linguists, philologists, literary and cultural critics, historians, and archaeologists. All degree programmes balance these various specialities, and thus they offer students the opportunity to learn the language of their choice from scratch, to become conversant with a number of diverse subjects and disciplines, as well as to acquire critical skills for data analysis and interpretation. The department maintains a highly respectable international profile and scholars of repute often participate in the department’s programmes. Its academic members are involved in various research projects, regularly participate in international conferences, and publish their research in prestigious academic journals and books.

The duties which the appointee may be expected to perform are:

  • Teaching including tutorials and seminars, supervision of practical work and placements, monitoring on projects and other personally undertaken student enterprises;
  • Preparing course materials;
  • Researching and publishing both individual and collaborative, in priority areas established by the University;
  • Continuous assessment of students, setting and marking of examination papers including dissertations within established time-frames;
  • Participating in the administration of academic affairs at academic and university levels;
  • Contributing to national and regional development particularly in the area of specialisation and through cooperation with governmental, intergovernmental, regional and non-governmental institutions and services;
  • Any other relevant duties as may be required by the University.
The Selection Procedures

  • The evaluation of qualifications and experience claimed and supported by testimonials and/or certificates (copies to be included with the application).
  • Short-listing of candidates.
  • An invitation to short-listed candidates to a Selection Board interview.
  • A short presentation on a subject allotted to short-listed candidates.

The Selection Process

The selection process will follow the document “Guidelines for Members of Selection Boards in the Recruitment of Resident Academic Staff” (

In accordance with the guidelines, members of the Selection Board will establish the following selection criteria for the selection process:

  • Relevant academic qualifications
  • Relevant Academic / Work experience
  • Aptitude and suitability; 
  • Performance in interview

Office of the University
Msida, 26 February 2020