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Research Assistant (Postdoc) (f/m/d)

Freie Universitaet Berlin - Institute for Chinese Studies

Full-time job, limited to 2 years

The Postdoc will join the ERC-funded project “Governing with Data: Local Experimentation in Authoritarian China” led by Prof. Genia Kostka (Freie Universität 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. The salary will be paid at a E 13 TV-L level as defined by German public sector regulations. 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 China Studies Institute such as workshops or events.


Completed university degree; Completed doctorate by the time of appointment.


  • 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. German is not a must.
  • 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.

Applications should be sent no later than August 9th, 2021 by e-mail, together with significant documents, indicating the reference code, in PDF format (preferably as one document) to Mrs. Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka: On the given occasion and for the duration of the essential on-site operations by Freie Universität Berlin, we kindly ask you to apply electronically by email. The processing of a postal application cannot be guaranteed.

Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Ostasien und Vorderer Orient
Institute for Chinese Studies
Mrs. Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka
Fabeckstr. 23-25
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

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Location: Berlin - Germany
Salary: E 13 TV-L level
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th July 2021
Closes: 9th August 2021
Job Ref: ERC_Postdoc_Kostka
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