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Post-Doctoral Researcher (m/f) (17-81)

Jacobs University is a private, state-accredited, English-language research university in Bremen. We are offering Bachelor, Master or PhD programs in three focus areas: Health, Mobility and Diversity. Our principles are first class research and teaching, international diversity and transdisciplinary cooperation. As an international university we attract highly talented and open-minded students from all over the world. Currently, more than 1,200 students from 100 nations live and study on our residential campus.
Jacobs University Bremen invites applications for the following academic position:

Post-Doctoral Researcher (m/f)
Start date: April 1, 2018.
The position is a fixed term fulltime position until December 31, 2021
Job ID 17-81

The position is part of the new 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: “B05. Dynamics of Chinese social policy: The interplay of national and international influences”

Project Description: The Collaborative Research Center comprises 16 projects and is divided into two sections. Projects in section A mainly rely on macro quantitative techniques to analyze and explain social policy dynamics in a global perspective. In the projects of section B, the mechanisms that link international interdependencies and national determinants to the spread, inclusiveness, and generosity of social policy dynamics are analyzed by applying qualitative case study analyses.

In project B05, led by Prof. Dr. Tobias ten Brink and Prof. Dr. Liu Tao (University Duisburg-Essen, two PhD Researcher positions are vacant here; see, the recent social policy expansion in China is analyzed. Even though Chinese social policy has its own traditions, its emergence and expansion has been highly influenced by external factors. The central question of this project is: How have internal and external factors influenced Chinese social policy and which were the most relevant mechanisms? The project employs a mixed-method design to address developments between 1990 and 2020 and focuses on three social policy fields: pension schemes, health insurance, and unemployment insurance.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities include original research and extended fieldwork in China, data collection and interpretation in the policy fields under scrutiny, project planning, and producing publications.

•    Completed Ph.D. degree in political science or sociology
•    In-depth knowledge of Chinese social policy and knowledge diffusion (not mandatory)
•    Expertise in quantitative and (if possible) qualitative methods
•    Excellent knowledge of English and Mandarin Chinese (written and spoken)
•    Working knowledge of German preferred (or strong interest and willingness to learn German)

Your application:

For further information regarding this position, please contact Prof. Dr. Tobias ten Brink (t.tenbrink@ [at] (subject: 17-81) ).

Applications including a cover letter (including the Job ID), CV, publication list, one representative publication, copies of degree certificates, should be submitted by January 31, 2018 electronically (including up to two PDF files) to: job-application [at] (subject: 17-18)

The cost of application and presentation cannot be reimbursed.
We are looking for highly motivated, creative and communicative employees with a keen interest in working in an international and dynamic environment. Jacobs University is an equal opportunity employer