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Doctoral Researcher (f/m/div)

Hertie School

Location: Berlin - Germany
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th October 2020
Closes: 15th November 2020

The Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) is recruiting a 

Doctoral Researcher (f/m/div) 

on part-time (26 hours/week) basis for the project 

“The Challenge to the Challenge: The Belt and Road Initiative’s Implications for (Digital) Finance and the Response in Other Countries”. 

The contract shall start 01 January 2021 and is limited for three years. The successful candidate is affiliated with the Hertie School

The research project is a joint project of Prof. Dr. Mark Hallerberg (Hertie School) and Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar (GIGA). We consider the implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for the liberal script with a focus on finance/taxation. We are keen to analyze the extent to which a set of players perceives, and uses the China’s Belt and Road Initiative in these policy fields as a challenge to the liberal script. The expected work will include case studies, interviews, and empirical analysis. 

The ideal applicant would have an MA in political science, international relations, or economics. Some training in statistical methods is expected. While not required, knowledge of Chinese, French, and/or Portuguese would be welcome. Very good command of English is required for the work at the Hertie School. 


The Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script” (SCRIPTS) analyzes the contemporary controversies about the liberal order from a historical, global, and comparative perspective. It connects the academic expertise in the social sciences and area studies in Berlin, collaborates with research institutions in all world regions, and maintains cooperative ties with major political, cultural and social institutions. SCRIPTS is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The successful applicants will be enrolled in the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS), one of Hertie School’s joint doctoral programmes, and based at the Cluster. Additionally, they will have a desk (office option) at the Hertie School. It is expected that they participate in relevant activities of the Cluster as well as at GIGA and the Hertie School. 


We value diversity and welcome all applications, independent of gender, nationality, ethnic and social background, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.  

Please submit your complete application portfolio, including motivation letter, a CV, a short research outline (500-1500 words) and two letters of references as soon as possible. Files will be considered on a rolling basis, the application portal closes on 15 November 2020. Strict confidentiality is assured. 

To submit your application, please visit 

For questions about the position, please contact Mark Hallerberg, Dean of Research and Faculty at the Hertie School. 

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