CfP: 2 Positions – 2-Year Post Doc at FU Berlin: ‘Governing with Data: Local Experimentation in Authoritarian China’


Two Post Doc Positions, each 2 years (100%) to be filled on the topic of:

  • Digital technology and local governance
  • Governance modes, sector variation and digitalizing decision-making in authoritarian context
  • Regional focus: China

Key words:
Big Data, digitalization, local governance, decision-making, state-business relations, China, political economy

Starting Date:

September or October 2023

Project Description:

The two Post Docs will join the ERC-funded project “Governing with Data: Local Experimentation in Authoritarian China” led by Prof. Genia Kostka (Freie University Berlin). The positions 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.

Job Description:

Responsibilities for the Post Doc positions 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.

The salary will be paid at a E 13 TV-L level as defined by German public sector regulations.

Minimum Requirements:  (1) Completed doctorate by the time of appointment.
(2) Field open to any social-science discipline,
      e.g. political science,  economics, Chinese studies or sociology.
(3) Empirical research focus on China.
(4) Fluency in Chinese and English. German is not a must.
Preferred Qualifications:  • 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

Head of Project:

Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka, Institute of Chinese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Fabeckstr. 23-25, 14195 Berlin. Project Webpage:


Applications quoting the reference code ERC_PostDoc_Kostka_2023 should include a brief cover letter summarizing the applicant’s qualifications for the position, a current CV, and names of two references. All materials must be received no later than May 29th, 2023 at the (preferably as one pdf file) or at the

Institute of Chinese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Fabeckstr. 23-25, D-14195 Berlin Germany.

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