CfA: Postdoctoral Fellow (m/f/d) – “Dynamics of Inclusiveness and Generosity in the Chinese Welfare Regime”


The department of Social Sciences & Humanities invites interested candidates to apply for the next possible date as a

Postdoctoral Fellow (m/f/d)

(Full-time; 38.5 hours/week; limited for 48 months; the position is a fixed term position until December 31, 2025)
Job ID 21~66
Start date: January 1, 2022, or later
 Submission deadline: January 5, 2022

The position is part of one of the world’s foremost social policy research clusters, the Collaborative Research Center 1342 “Global Dynamics of Social Policy” (SFB Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik) at the University of Bremen, funded by the German Research Foundation DFG. 

Project Title: “Dynamics of Inclusiveness and Generosity in the Chinese Welfare Regime”

Project Description: We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join the China project at the Collaborative Research Center 1342 “Global Dynamics of Social Policy”. In this project, led by Tobias ten Brink and Armin Müller, the social policy expansion in the People’s Republic of China since the 1990s is analyzed. Starting as early as possible in 2022, the core task will be to analyze how social policy was influenced both by China’s integration into the world economy and by ideational factors. A focus will be on the inclusiveness and generosity of social security in pensions, healthcare (including maternity) and unemployment, and on the East Asian region and productivism. We offer a contract for 4 years with potential for extension should the project be prolonged upon successful evaluation.

Your responsibilities:

  • Original research, data collection and interpretation.
  • Project planning and producing high-quality publications. 
  • Opportunities for some teaching activities can be provided if desired.

Your qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in political science, sociology, area studies or related disciplines.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Mandarin Chinese (written and spoken).
  • In-depth knowledge of Chinese social policy, and preferably a background in the analysis of the role of ideas in policy-making and/or social policy knowledge diffusion (optional).
  • Command of another East Asian language would constitute an advantage, especially Japanese or Korean (optional).
  • Quantitative textual analysis and potentially machine learning methods would constitute an advantage (optional).

We offer:

  • Working on a modern campus.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Choice of 4 dining halls on campus.
  • Easy accessibility by public transport and plenty of parking on the premises.
  • Various health and sports offers.

If you enjoy a dynamic international working environment and like to work in a highly motivated and friendly team, you are exactly right with us! You can expect an open corporate culture with flat hierarchies as well as interesting and challenging tasks. As part of your induction, you will be optimally prepared for your area of responsibility.

Your application:

For further information regarding this position, please contact Prof. Dr. Tobias ten Brink ( 

Please upload your relevant documents (cover letter, CV, publication list, one representative publication, copies of degree certificates) with details of your availability in the application tool below.

The review of applications will begin immediately and will be closed on 05.01.2022. It would be an advantage to begin work in Bremen as early as possible in 2022, given that December 2025 will be the end of the contract irrespective of the starting date.

Jacobs University offers full equality of opportunity to all qualified applications and is an equal opportunity employer.