EVFplus Gunter Schubert: Sovereignty and International Law in the PRC

Call for Applications:

Graduate School of East Asian Studies at Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany) is inviting applications for a postdoctoral position

(limited until 31 Dec 2019)

Salary terms of E 13 TV-L in the German public sector


Job description:

The Graduate School brings together 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 within the working group on “Sovereignty and International Law in the PRC”, led by the GEAS Einstein Visiting Fellow Plus, Prof. Gunter Schubert (Tübingen). The postdoctoral fellow will conduct a research project investigating the relationship between Chinese discourses on International Law and the making of China’s foreign and/or security policy.

The postdoctoral fellow will coordinate the research activities of the working group in close cooperation with the Einstein Visiting Fellow and GEAS, including coordination of a group of graduate student-researchers and contributing to the working group's activities as much as to GEAS activities.

Description of tasks

  • Collaboration in the Einstein Visiting Fellow plus research project
  • Coordination of research activities in the EVFplus group
  • Conducting an individual research project in the working group on “Sovereignty and International Law in the PRC”


  • Completed PhD in Chinese Studies by the time of appointment
  • Disciplinary background in the Social Sciences or International Law
  • Fluency in Mandarin Chinese (speaking and reading) and English
  • Very good knowledge of qualitative or quantitative research methods
  • Interdisciplinary research experience

Additional qualifications:

  • Fluency in German
  • Empirical research focus on Chinese discourses on International law/law of Nations and Chinese foreign and/or security policy
  • Fieldwork experience in China
  • Teaching experience

Applications quoting the reference code GEAS/Postdoc/EVF+ should include a brief letter summarizing the applicant’s qualifications for the position, a current CV, and names of three references. 

Women are explicitly encouraged to apply. Handicapped applicants will be preferred in case of equal qualifications. Applications from people with a migration background who meet the recruitment requirements are desirable.

Interview costs cannot be covered by the Freie Universität Berlin. Application documents will not be returned. Please submit your documents only in copy.

All materials, including a private postal and e-mail address, must be received in pdf form and by email no later than January 2, 2017 (extended deadline) at


Graduate School of East Asian Studies

Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Verena Blechinger-Talcott

Professor of Japanese Politics and Political Economy

Hittorfstr. 18

14195 Berlin


Via Email: application@geas.fu-berlin.de