Jacobs University Bremen seeks Post-Doctoral Researcher

Jacobs University Bremen is a private, English-medium campus university which is state-recognized by the State of 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, approximately 1,400 students from 110 nations live and study on our residential campus.

For a research project on “Challenges for the Stability of the Chinese Economic Model” the Department of Social Sciences & Humanities  invites applications for the following academic position as a


Post-Doctoral Researcher Chinese Economic Model (m/f/d)

(full time, limited for 2 years)

Job ID 19-29


The position is part of a research project, funded by the German Research Foundation DFG. The position in Bremen will start at the earliest possible date for two years (with a potential third year, subject to funding approval).


Project Title: “Challenges for the Stability of the Chinese Economic Model”


Research Topic:

The project examines if and to what extent current socio-economic and political challenges are destabilizing China’s state-permeated economic model. In particular, it asks whether recent reforms initiated under the Xi Jinping government tend to undermine or sustain the model. To take account of China’s regional heterogeneity, the research scope is not limited to aggregated national data.

Three comparative case studies are conducted, which focus on industrial metropolises in the highly developed coastal province of Guangdong (here: Shenzhen), in the late-developing inland province of Hubei (here: Wuhan) and the structurally weak province of Liaoning (here: Shenyang). The project expects new insights into China’s development as well as a better understanding of the processes enabling institutional stabilization and of an incremental, path-dependent adaptation of models of capitalism. The project employs a mixed-method design. It is headed by Tobias ten Brink.

Your tasks:

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 the Social Sciences
  • In-depth knowledge of Chinese economy and politics
  • 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@jacobs-university.de).

Applications including a cover letter (including the Job ID), CV, publication list, one representative publication, copies of degree certificates, should be submitted by March 31, 2019 electronically as a single PDF to: job-application@jacobs-university.de

The cost of application and presentation cannot be reimbursed.

Jacobs University is an equal opportunity employer.