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Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin - Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kul­tur­wis­senschaften - Ostas­ien und Vor­derer Ori­ent Insti­tute for Chinese Stud­ies

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.

Research Assist­ant (Postdoc) (f/m/d)


Work­ing field:

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.

How to ap­ply:

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:
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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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