Job Opening: “Risk and East Asia” PhD and postdoctoral fellowships

job opening - 5Institution: University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute of East Asian Studies
Location: Germany
Position: Doctoral Fellow, Post-Doctoral Fellow

The DFG Research Training Group 1613 Risk and East Asia, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen invites applications for

One Postdoc Position (starting June 2015, DFG funded)
Two Doctoral Positions and Three Doctoral Stipends (starting October 2015, DFG funded)
Two Doctoral Stipends (starting in 2016, DAAD-GSSP funded)

The Research Training Group 1613 Risk and East Asia is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and part of the inter-faculty Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) at the University Duisburg-Essen. The research program of the Research Training Group Risk and East Asia examines how large processes of economic, political and social institutional change play out in East Asian, as compared to European, national and regional contexts. Participating researchers examine the impact of market transformations, social organization, central-local interactions and transnationalization processes on shifts in the responsibility for and governance of risks from states to markets, from public to private bodies, and from collective to individual actors.

Doctoral scholars receive, in accordance with either DFG or DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) guidelines, a basic monthly stipend plus applicable allowances. Remuneration for positions is based on TVL-13 (graduates: part-time position 50%, postdoc: full-time position 100%) of the German Public Service Salary Scale. Additional funding is available to support field research/residencies conducted in East Asia.

PhD candidates must hold an above average Master’s degree (or be very close to completion) in one of the disciplines Economics, Business Administration, Political Science, Sociology or East Asian Studies with a strong social-science component. They must demonstrate advanced language skills in English and either Chinese or Japanese equivalent to B2 or higher. Applications should include a CV, a cover letter/motivation statement, a preliminary dissertation proposal (5–7 pages double spaced), copies of BA/MA transcripts and BA/MA diploma/certificate, certificates of language skills, two letters of recommendation (should be sent separately by persons qualified to evaluate the academic and professional qualifications), and additional documents (further certificates, publications, etc.) if available. DAAD-GSSP scholarship holders must not have stayed in Germany for more than 14 months prior to application and the qualifying degree must not have been awarded more than six years before application. These restrictions are not applicable to the DFG-funded scholarships and positions.

Applicants for the postdoc position must have strong expertise in language- and social science based Chinese Studies or Japanese Studies, with an excellent doctorate and a strong publication record in areas studies, economics or social sciences. Applicants are requested to submit a C.V. including a list of publications, teaching and research experience and contact data of two referees, certification of English and East Asian language competencies, certified copies of all degrees awarded and  transcripts of courses, a short outline of research proposed (five pages), doctoral thesis, and up to two additional important publications.  Post-docs are  expected to contribute to the doctoral training activities and to support the organization of the joint training measures, including a training unit located in either Beijing or Tokyo in September 2015 and 2016.

The University Duisburg-Essen aims at promoting the diversity of its members (see It aims at increasing the share of female faculty members and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Women with equal qualifications will, in accordance with state equality legislation, be given priority. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply (see § 2 Abs. 3 SGB IX).

The application deadline for all vacancies is March 27, 2015, applications should be addressed to  Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview; the letter of acceptance for PhD students will be send out in early May 2015. For detailed information on the application procedures please see our homepage Applicants are encouraged to contact one of the Speakers about the preparation of their applications: Prof. Flemming Christiansen, PhD ( and Prof. Karen Shire, PhD (

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