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Freie Universität Berlin - Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften - Ostasien und Vorderer Orient Institut für Chinastudien

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.

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

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 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 ( /

How to apply:

All application quoting the reference code should be addressed preferably electronically in one PDF-file no later than June 5th, 2023 to Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka: 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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