Stellenausschreibung: Postdoctoral Fellow, Hertie School, Governance of Energy and Infrastructure, ideally with focus on China


The Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany, is looking to hire a full-time (100%)

Postdoctoral Fellow (f/m)
Governance of Energy and Infrastructure Wissenschaftliche(r) Mitarbeiter(in) – Post-doctoral level
Governance of Energy and Infrastructure
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The contract duration is for the fall term 2015 and spring term 2016. Remuneration will be in line with E 14 TV Land Berlin.

About the position:
The position is full-time (100%) and the successful candidate will perform some of the roles during the one year leave of the current Chair of Governance of Energy and Infrastructure (Prof. Genia Kostka). We are looking for an early- or mid-career scholar who combines a disciplinary background in social science (e.g., political science, environmental studies, economics, public administration, and area studies) with expertise in the governance of energy policy and/or energy economics and an interest in energy efficiency and energy transformation, and ideally with an interest in the governance of large-scale energy infrastructure projects. A regional focus on emerging markets, such as China, would be welcomed. If qualifications allow, the position could also be taken as a replacement professorship (Vertretungsprofessur).

Your tasks, in close coordination with the research team will include:
Engage in data collection, qualitative/quantitative data analysis and presentation
Development of scholarly articles jointly with other members of the team
Contribute to and participate in a new comparative research project on energy infrastructure policies and participate in a new comparative research project on energy infrastructure policies
Teaching three courses over the year, e.g., a core course on the policy process and energy policies and an elective on a topic related to energy/climate change policies.
Supervising master theses.
Limited administrative management of research project activities and events
Interaction with other research teams at Hertie School and the Dahrendorf Project on the EU-China Working Group

Your profile:
An excellent PhD in social sciences (political science, economics, environmental studies, area studies or other social sciences)
Ability to form your own research agenda that contributes to the work of the chair
Strong analytical skills and experience with qualitative/quantitative research methods
Excellent communication and organization skills
Experience and interest in proposal writing
High motivation, willingness to travel, independence, and teamwork
Fluent in English (spoken and written), the working language at the Hertie School. Proficiency in German and/or Mandarin would be an asset.

About us:
The Hertie School of Governance is a Berlin-based private international teaching and research centre of excellence that prepares students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. An internationally-recruited faculty interdisciplinary in outlook, research, and teaching, it offers analytically-challenging and practice-oriented courses on governance, policy analysis, management, and leadership. As a professional school, Hertie School faculty has a strong commitment to high-quality teaching. Our goal is to help students grow intellectually in a professional, research-intensive environment, characterized by public debate and engagement (s. for further information).

We offer a stimulating international and diverse environment in multiple areas of social science, high-quality teaching and public policy. The Hertie School is a small and vibrant academic community that emphasizes excellence in research and teaching as well as an interdisciplinary perspective. Our school has been certified as a family friendly work environment in higher education and an equal opportunity employer.

To apply:
Please send your application using the headline “Governance of Energy and Infrastructure” and including CV, writing sample, graduate transcripts, three academic references (with email addresses) and a cover letter of up to 2 pages stating your background, research plans and academic interests via email to by April 10th, 2015. If you should have any questions regarding the position, please contact Prof. Genia Kostka: .

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding. Interviews will take place for top-listed candidates from April 22nd to April 23rd, 2015.