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Freie Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin - Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kul­tur­wis­senschaften - Ostas­ien und Vor­derer Ori­ent Insti­tute of Chinese Stud­ies

Research Assist­ant (Prae­doc) (m/f/d)

65%-part-time job | lim­ited until 31.10.2023, sub­ject to alloc­a­tion of funds | Ent­gelt­gruppe 13 TV-L FU | Ref­er­ence code: World­mak­ing/Prae­docTP1A

Work­ing field:

This call for applic­a­tions invites applic­ants for a pre-doc­toral research pos­i­tion (doc­toral can­did­ate) (m/f/d) in the joint pro­ject “World­mak­ing from a Global Per­spect­ive: A Dia­logue with China” (fun­ded by the Fed­eral Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and Research, BMBF). The pro­ject ques­tions exist­ing notions of “world” and approaches pro­cesses of world­mak­ing – the cre­ation, trans­form­a­tion and dis­ap­pear­ance of “worlds” – from transna­tional and transcul­tural per­spect­ives. It is jointly con­duc­ted by research­ers at uni­versit­ies in Ber­lin, Göt­tin­gen, Heidel­berg, Munich and Würzburg.

We are seek­ing applic­ants for a pos­i­tion in pro­ject 1A “A Trans­lin­gual Con­cep­tual His­tory of Chinese Worlds”. In Chinese, many terms denote the semantic field of world, includ­ing neo­lo­gisms like quan­qi­uhua (glob­al­iz­a­tion), and terms like tianxia (all under heaven) and datong (great unity), which have exper­i­enced a revival in recent years. This pro­ject ana­lyses which con­cepts of world par­tic­u­lar terms con­vey, how terms and con­cepts have moved across lin­guistic bor­ders, and how the use of terms and their inclu­sion into new nar­rat­ives cre­ate worlds of their own. The can­did­ate’s doc­toral pro­ject should relate to one of these top­ics.

The early-career researcher will work in a team with a postdoc­toral researcher and Chinese and Ger­man research fel­lows in Ber­lin. The can­did­ate will receive fund­ing for con­duct­ing research in the PRC, Taiwan or Hong Kong and for par­ti­cip­at­ing in inter­na­tional work­shops and con­fer­ences.

Job descrip­tion:

  • Con­trib­ut­ing to the research on Chinese his­tory and cul­ture at the Insti­tute of Chinese Stud­ies, Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
  • Par­ti­cip­at­ing in the pro­ject “A Trans­lin­gual Con­cep­tual His­tory of Chinese Worlds” within the joint pro­ject „World­mak­ing in Global Per­spect­ive: A Dia­logue with China”, fun­ded by the BMBF
  • Col­lab­or­at­ing with pro­ject mem­bers and fel­lows, and fos­ter­ing the exchange between Ger­man and Chinese research­ers
  • Assist­ing the organ­isa­tion and imple­ment­a­tion of the pro­ject’s con­fer­ences, work­shops and trans­fer activ­it­ies


  • Com­pleted MA-level uni­versity degree (Mas­ter/Magister/Dip­lom) in Sino­logy/ Chinese Stud­ies, (Global) His­tory, Philo­sophy, Transcul­tural Stud­ies or a related dis­cip­line with a focus on China by the time of employ­ment.

  • Flu­ency in Chinese and Eng­lish
  • Excel­lent aca­demic record and the ambi­tion to con­duct a doc­toral pro­ject
  • Strong interest in con­cep­tual his­tory, transcul­tural stud­ies and global his­tory
  • Exper­i­ence in the ana­lys­ing terms and con­cepts from a his­tor­ical and trans­lin­gual per­spect­ives
  • Exper­i­ence in study­ing abroad in China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong
  • Interest in archival research
  • Abil­ity to work inde­pend­ently in an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary team of research­ers

For fur­ther inform­a­tion, please con­tact Mrs. Susanne Eber­mann ( / 030 838 75034).

How to ap­ply:

All applic­a­tions (includ­ing a short cover let­ter out­lining your back­ground, a detailed CV includ­ing pos­sibly some ref­er­ences, and all rel­ev­ant cer­ti­fic­ates) quot­ing the ref­er­ence code should be dir­ec­ted prefer­ably elec­tron­ic­ally in one PDF-file no later than Octo­ber 5th, 2020 to Mrs. Prof. Dr. Elena Meyer-Clem­ent: or postal to

Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin
Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kul­tur­wis­senschaften
Ostas­ien und Vor­derer Ori­ent
Insti­tute of Chinese Stud­ies
Mrs. Prof. Dr. Elena Meyer-Clem­ent
Fabeck­str. 23-25
14195 Ber­lin (Dah­lem)

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Freie Uni­versität Ber­lin is an equal oppor­tun­ity employer.