CfA: PhD Fellowship in Global China Studies (m/f/d)


Constructor University (formerly Jacobs University) is a private, state-accredited, English-language university in Bremen. We offer Bachelor, Master, and PhD programs in three schools: School of Science, School of Computer Science and Engineering, and School of Business, Social and Decision Sciences. Our principles are first-class teaching and research, international diversity, and transdisciplinary cooperation. According to the 2024 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, Constructor University is among the top 25 percent out of more than 1900 universities worldwide and is ranked as the second most international university in the world. As an international university, we attract highly talented and open-minded students from all over the world. Currently, over 1,600 students from 110 nations live and study on our residential campus.

Constructor University invites applications from interested candidates for the following position, to be ideally filled in April 2024 or later,

PhD Fellowship in Global China Studies (m/f/d)

(Stipend; limited for 36 months)

We are seeking a highly motivated researcher to join our efforts to study China’s changing international practices under the conditions of a world order in transition. Starting in April 2024, the main tasks will be to develop a dissertation project on political-economic aspects of China’s global rise and to assist in the preparation of a large-scale, long-term grant application that will examine whether China’s changing international practices are giving rise to a novel type of empire (should this application be approved, there is a possibility of promotion to a four-year research position). Participation in the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) is possible. Teaching opportunities can be arranged upon request.

Your responsibilities:

  • Developing a PhD project, including original research, data collection and interpretation
  • Assistance in the preparation of a large-scale long-term grant application

Your qualifications:

  • Very good M.A. degree in political science (especially International Relations or International Political Economy), sociology, or area studies.
  • Excellent knowledge of English; command of Mandarin Chinese would constitute an advantage
  • In-depth knowledge of China’s global rise and social science methods

What you can expect at Constructor University:

Constructor University unequivocally guarantees the academic freedom of every member of the faculty, as well as every other member of the Constructor University community. We encourage diversity in the University in ethnic, cultural, social, religious, political, and national backgrounds, as well as in individual lifestyle. Constructor University offers full equality of opportunity to all qualified applicants and is an equal opportunity employer.

Your application: 

For any further information regarding this position, please contact Prof. Dr. Tobias ten Brink via Mail or

Apply today – it’s simple and uncomplicated. We look forward to getting to know you.

For application, please submit 1) a cover letter, including potential themes for your PhD project, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a representative article and/or the applicant’s Master or Magister thesis, and 4) names and contact details of two potential referees.

Please upload your documents in one pdf file with details of your availability in the attached form. Click on the Apply Button and proceed through the individual steps to complete your application.

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.