CFA: Doctoral Researcher for the Research Project “China and the Transformation of Political Order in Africa”


Christof Hartmann & Nele Noesselt – co-leading a new research project financed by the German National Research Foundation (DFG) –  are seeking to hire a

doctoral researcher

for their research project “China and the Transformation of Political Order in Africa”, TV-L 13.

Job ID: 991-21

Start of the Project: April, 2022
Duration: 3 years (36 months) / 65 % position
Application deadline: January 23, 2022

The working language of the project is English.

Job description:

  • Data collection and data analysis on China’s role in Africa and Chinese academic debates on political developments in Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania
  • Fieldwork (data collection, expert interviews) in China
  • Contribution to the joint project publications and the project-related workshops

Your profile:

MA degree in Political Science or Social Sciences with additional training in Modern Chinese Studies


MA degree in Modern Chinese Studies with additional training in Political Science/Social Sciences (with outstanding results)

  • Excellent language proficiency in English and Chinese
  • Advanced knowledge of social science theories and methods
  • Study or fieldwork experience in China
  • Strong interest in African politics and dedication to cooperate with our partner institutes in Africa

Applications (deadline January 23, 2022) should include

  • cover letter
  • CV
  • transcripts of university degrees
  • selected publications (journal article/book chapter – or a chapter of your MA thesis)
  • contact details of two references

and should be submitted electronically (as PDF document) to mentioning the job ID “991-21”

For more details regarding the job position, please contact the two project leaders ( or