CfA: Postdoctoral Researcher in Intimacy, Mobility, and the State


Postdoctoral Researcher in Intimacy, Mobility, and the State
Fixed term (24 months) from 1 June 2024

The Institute of Asia and Oriental Studies (AOI) at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen is pleased to announce a two-year postdoctoral researcher position commencing in June 2024

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science as part of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments, the Department of Chinese Studies of the AOI at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen in Germany invites applications for the position of postdoctoral researcher to contribute to the research project: “Intimacy-Mobility-State Nexus in the Context of Democratic and Authoritarian States: A Case Study of China and Taiwan.”

The contract period for this position is scheduled to commence on 1 June 2024 for 24 months (extendable for another 6 months) ― salary according to German TV-L 13, 100%.

We encourage applicants from the fields of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Geography, Political Science, Area Studies or a related discipline in the social sciences to apply. The applicants are expected to hold a PhD in one of the above-mentioned disciplines; fluency in English and research experience regarding China and/or Taiwan are further necessary prerequisites. Proficiency in Chinese Mandarin and/or German is highly desirable. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research can complement and strengthen the research project, which investigates the ways in which intimacy and mobility shape and reshape each other in different socio-political contexts.

The primary responsibilities of this position:

(1) Undertake high quality research on your own proposed research project and publish research findings in the forms of peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters.

(2) Collaborate with Prof. Tseng to support the research project “Intimacy-Mobility-State Nexus in the Context of Democratic and Authoritarian States: A Case Study of China and Taiwan”. This will involve undertaking literature analyses, conducting primary qualitative research, analysing research findings, developing research grant applications, co-authoring papers with Prof. Tseng, and other duties as required.

(3) Carry out routine administrative tasks associated with the research project. This will involve organisation of project meetings and documentation, financial control, supporting the project events as well as day-to-day routine project administration tasks.

Applications should be composed in English and addressed to Prof. Yu-chin Tseng. They should be submitted as one PDF file to the following email address:

Applications should include the following documents: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) 3- page research proposal about the research project you intend to carry out during this period (4) dissertation abstract and introduction or a published article.

The closing date for applications is 29 February 2024. Those who are shortlisted will be contacted within two weeks for an interview scheduled in the last week of March.

The University of Tübingen is an equal opportunity employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Applications from candidates with disability will be given preference if the qualifications of these candidates are identical to those of a candidate without disability.

For further questions about this position, please contact Prof. Yu-chin Tseng, the principal investigator of the project “Intimacy-Mobility-State Nexus in the Context of Democratic and Authoritarian States: A Case Study of China and Taiwan”, at the University of Tübingen.

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