CfA: Research assistant (Praedoc) (m/f/d) with 65%-part-time job limited to three years (deadline: 2020-03-16)
Research assistant (Praedoc) (m/f/d) with 65%-part-time job limited to three years Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU Reference code: ERC_PhD
The PhD will join the new ERC-funded project “Governing with Data: Local Experimentation in Authoritarian China” led by Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka. The position provides an opportunity for both independent research towards a dissertation project and collaborative research as part of a small 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.
The successful candidate must be willing to be based in Berlin.
Responsibilities for the PhD position include conducting empirical research for the ERC research project, working on joint research publications, and assisting organizing activities at the FU China Studies Institute such as workshops or events.
– Completed master degree by the time of appointment
– Field open to any social-science discipline, e.g. political science, economics, Chinese studies, or sociology
– Fluency in English and Chinese. German is not a must
– First experience in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods (e.g. field work)
– 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.
Applications quoting the reference code must be received no later than March 16th, 2020 preferably electronically in one PDF file to Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka: firstname.lastname@example.org or postal to
Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Ostasien und Vorderer Orient
Institute of Chinese Studies
Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)