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New Postdoc Position available in Institute for Chinese Studies

News vom 15.05.2023

Research Assistant (Postdoc) (m/f/d) Full-time job Limited to 2 years

Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU

Reference code: ERC_PostDoc_Kostka_2023_2

End of application: June 05. 2023

The Postdoc will join the ERC-funded project “Governing with Data: Local Experimentation in Authoritarian China” led by Prof. Genia Kostka (Freie University Berlin). The position provides an opportunity for both independent and collaborative research within an ambitious project while working in a small research team in Berlin.
This research project aims to provide empirical and conceptual understanding of digitalising governance practices in authoritarian China. Through mixed-method, the project will achieve three objectives: 1. Study the variation in local digital governance modes and understand why these modes evolved in different ways. 2. Explore the mechanisms through which digital technologies are integrated into local decision making processes and governance structures. 3. Assess the impacts of new digital governance modes for citizens, businesses and the state.

Job description:
Responsibilities for the Postdoc position include conducting empirical research for the ERC research project, working on joint research publications, ERC grant management, and organizing activities at the FU Institute of Chinese Studies such as workshops or events.
The salary will be paid at a E 13 TV-L level as defined by German public sector regulations.


(1) Completed master’s degree and doctorate by the time of appointment.
(2) Field open to any social-science discipline, e.g. political science, economics, Chinese studies or sociology.


• Empirical research focus on China.

• Fluency in Chinese and English.

• Experience or strong interest in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods.
• Research focus on digitalization/AI and political economy issues in China is a plus.
• The successful candidate must be willing to be based in Berlin.

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka (genia.kostka@fu-berlin.de / 030-838-53598).

All application (cover letter, CV and other significant documents) quoting the reference code should be addressed preferably electronically in one PDF-file to Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka: chinastudien@geschkult.fu-berlin.de or postal to

Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften

Ostasien und Vorderer Orient

Institut für Chinastudien

Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka

Fabeckstr. 23-25

14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

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