Job Opening: Postdoc – Japanese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin – GEAS

Institution: Freie Universität Berlin, Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS)
Location: Germany
Position: GEAS PostDoctoral Position, Japanese Studies (Social Sciences)

The Graduate School of East Asian Studies at Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany) is inviting applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship limited up to 2 years with a focus on Japan beginning on 1 November 2017. Salary terms of E 13 TV-L in the German public sector.

Job description:

The Graduate School merges research in East Asian Studies (Japanese, Korean and Chinese Studies) with training in the social sciences (Political Science, Economics, Law, Social and Cultural Anthropology) as well as History and Cultural Studies. The training program is interdisciplinary with special emphasis on historically and culturally informed social science inquiry.

The post-doctoral position involves undertaking research in the context of the Graduate School’s research focus on institutions in East Asia, coordinating teams of graduate student-researchers, and teaching a small semester-long seminar.

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Completed PhD or doctorate by the time of appointment.
  2. Field open to any social-science discipline, e.g. anthropology, economics, political science, or sociology.
  3. Empirical research focus on Japan.
  4. Fluency in Japanese and English.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Research focus on institutions
  • experience in qualitative research methods
  • teaching experience

Applications quoting the reference code GEAS/PostDoc/J should include a brief letter summarizing the applicant’s qualifications for the position, a current CV, and names of three references. Applications will be considered soon after the deadline.

All materials, including a private postal and e-mail address must be received no later than 10 July 2017 at


Prof.Dr. Verena Blechinger-Talcott
Graduate School of East Asian Studies
Freie Universität Berlin
Hittorfstr. 18
14195 Berlin


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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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