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

The Post Doc 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

Working field:

Respons­ib­il­it­ies for the Post Doc 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.


  • Com­pleted doc­tor­ate by the time of appoint­ment; field open to any social-sci­ence dis­cip­line, e.g. polit­ical sci­ence, eco­nom­ics, Chinese stud­ies or soci­ology.
  • 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.
  • Empir­ical research focus on China.
  • Flu­ency in Chinese and Eng­lish. Ger­man is not a must.

How to apply:

For fur­ther inform­a­tion, please con­tact Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka ( / 53598).

Applic­a­tions should be sent by e-mail, together with sig­ni­fic­ant doc­u­ments, indic­at­ing the ref­er­ence code, in PDF format (prefer­ably as one doc­u­ment) no later than May 29th , 2023 to Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka: or postal to

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

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Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin is an equal oppor­tun­ity employer.