CfA: Post-doctoral position, Department of East Asian Studies/Sinology, University of Wien, 2 years, 40h (deadline: 2021-10-15)


The Department of East Asian Studies/Sinology at the University of Vienna is hiring a predoctoral project researcher. The position is part of the ERC-funded research project „Engineering a Trustworthy Society: The Evolution, Perception and Impact of China’s Social Credit System (ENGINEERING),“ led by Prof. H. Christoph Steinhardt. The ENGINEERING project ( seeks to understand the Social Credit System’s evolution and regional variation, its perception by the Chinese public, and its social, political and cultural impacts. It draws on survey research, quantitative and qualitative text/document analysis as well as fieldwork.

We offer being part of a research team, access to the team’s infrastructure and data, supervision for your doctoral studies, a collegial working environment within the department, funding for conference and research travel, 14 monthly salaries, and the resources of Austria’s leading university. The position also entails living in an international city with a highly developed public infrastructure and health care system, 15 public and private universities, and one of the highest qualities of life in the world.

The application deadline is October 15, 2021. Please submit your application only through the University job portal at: For questions, please refer to:

Job description

  • 40 hours/week
  • Fixed term, renewable position
  • The initial appointment will be for 24 months
  • Salary in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, job group B1.b (paid 14 times per year):
  • Work on (joint) scholarly publications for the project
  • Participation in the design and execution of data collection
  • Organisation of talks, meetings or work shops
  • Support of project administration

Your profile

  • Ph.D. degree in social scientific China studies, political science, sociology, or a related discipline (with a track record of research on China) by the time of appointment
  • Solid training in social scientific research methods
  • Willingness to undertake research trips to China
  • Excellent Chinese and English (knowledge of German is not required)

Desirable attributes

  • A track record of research on the Social Credit System or a closely related issue
  • Experience in applying in quantitative research methods, or fieldwork experience

Application documents (ideally in one pdf file)

  • Application letter, max. 3 pages (including a brief outline of how your profile and research could contribute to the project)
  • Academic CV (including education, list of publications [with URLs], contact details of two referees)
  • A writing sample (thesis chapter, manuscript under review or published article/chapter)