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

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

65% part-time job | lim­ited until 31.10.2023, sub­ject to alloc­a­tion of funds | Ent­gelt­gruppe 13 TV-L FU | Ref­er­ence code: World­mak­ing/Prae­docTP1B

Work­ing field:

This call for applic­a­tions invites applic­ants for a pre-doc­toral research pos­i­tion (doc­toral can­did­ate) (m/f/d) in the joint pro­ject “World­mak­ing from a Global Per­spect­ive: A Dia­logue with China” (fun­ded by the Fed­eral Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and Research, BMBF). The pro­ject is jointly con­duc­ted by research­ers at uni­versit­ies in Ber­lin, Göt­tin­gen, Heidel­berg, Munich and Würzburg.

We are seek­ing applic­ants for a pos­i­tion in pro­ject 1B “Social worlds: China’s cit­ies as spaces of world­mak­ing“ (led by Prof. Dr. Björn Alp­er­mann, Uni­versity of Würzburg, and Prof. Dr. Elena Meyer-Clem­ent, Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin). The pro­ject invest­ig­ates the polit­ical and soci­etal effects of glob­al­iz­a­tion in China’s cit­ies. It ana­lyses social inter­ac­tion and com­mu­nic­a­tion pro­cesses as well as the role of China’s cit­ies in global polit­ics. The can­did­ate’s doc­toral pro­ject should relate to one of these top­ics. Our invest­ig­a­tion of chan­ging social worlds in China’s cit­ies builds on intens­ive field­work in cooper­a­tion with Chinese research­ers. The inter­dis­cip­lin­ary ana­lysis is linked to global debates in urban and glob­al­iz­a­tion stud­ies.

The early career researcher will work in a team with a postdoc­toral researcher and Chinese and Ger­man research fel­lows in Ber­lin and Würzburg. The can­did­ate will receive fund­ing for con­duct­ing research in the PRC, Taiwan or Hong Kong and for par­ti­cip­at­ing in inter­na­tional work­shops and con­fer­ences.

Job descrip­tiont:
  • Con­trib­ut­ing to the social sci­ence research on China at the Insti­tute of Chinese Stud­ies, Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
  • Par­ti­cip­at­ing in the pro­ject “Social worlds: China’s cit­ies as spaces of world­mak­ing” within the joint pro­ject „World­mak­ing in Global Per­spect­ive: A Dia­logue with China”, fun­ded by the BMBF
  • Col­lab­or­at­ing with pro­ject mem­bers and fel­lows, and fos­ter­ing the exchange between Ger­man and Chinese research­ers
  • Assist­ing the organ­isa­tion and imple­ment­a­tion of the pro­ject’s con­fer­ences, work­shops and trans­fer activ­it­ies

Require­ments:

Com­pleted MA-level uni­versity degree (Mas­ter/Magister/Dip­lom) in Chinese Stud­ies, Polit­ical Sci­ence, Soci­ology, Geo­graphy or a related dis­cip­line with a focus on China by the time of employ­ment.

Desir­able:

  • Flu­ency in Chinese and Eng­lish
  • Excel­lent aca­demic record and the ambi­tion to con­duct a doc­toral pro­ject
  • Veri­fi­able interest in one or more of the fol­low­ing research areas: urb­an­iz­a­tion, urban soci­ology, pop­u­la­tion polit­ics, glob­al­iz­a­tion, global gov­ernance 

  • Will­ing­ness to con­duct field­work in China
  • Very good know­ledge of social sci­ence research meth­ods
  • Abil­ity to work inde­pend­ently in an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary team of research­ers

For fur­ther inform­a­tion, please con­tact M Susanne Eber­mann (susanne.ebermann@fu-berlin.de/ 030 838 75034).

How to ap­ply:

All applic­a­tions (includ­ing a short cover let­ter out­lining your back­ground, a detailed CV includ­ing pos­sibly some ref­er­ences, and all rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates) quot­ing the ref­er­ence code should be dir­ec­ted prefer­ably elec­tron­ic­ally in one PDF-file no later than Octo­ber 5th, 2020 to: susanne.ebermann@fu-berlin.de or postal to

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kul­tur­wis­senschaften
Ostas­ien und Vor­derer Ori­ent
Insti­tute of Chinese Stud­ies
Mrs. Prof. Dr. Elena Meyer-Clem­ent
Fabeck­str. 23-25
14195 Ber­lin (Dah­lem)

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Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin is an equal oppor­tun­ity employer.