Three Doctoral Positions and Two Doctoral Stipends

Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Deadline: 1st Mar 2014

The DFG Research Training Group 1613 Risk and East Asia invites applications forThree Doctoral Positions and Two Doctoral StipendsThese positions are available from October 2014 for three years (subject to a satisfactory progress review after 12 months).

Following a successful review in 2013, the Research Training Group Risk and East Asia is entering its second funding period from April 2014 until the end of September 2018. The group is part of the inter-faculty Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) at the University Duisburg-Essen. IN-EAST offers degree programs at the BA and MA levels, combining disciplinary studies in Economics, Political Science and Sociology with Chinese and Japanese Studies. IN-EAST has recently been awarded funding by the German Ministry of Education and Research for a new School of Advanced Studies, with extensive support for post-doctoral research. The Research Training Group 1613 cooperates internationally with the White Rose East Asia Centre at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield in the UK, Renmin and Nankai Universities in China, the University of Tokyo in Japan and the German Institute for Japan Studies, Tokyo. In some training measures we cooperate with the FU Berlin Graduate School of East Asian Studies funded by the German Excellence Initiative.

The research program of the Risk and East Asia group is aimed at understanding how large processes of economic, political and social institutional change play out in East Asian, as compared to European, national and regional contexts. Participating researchers examine the impact of market transformations, individualization, decentralization and transnationalization processes on shifts in the responsibility for and governance of risks from states to markets, public to private bodies, and collective to individual actors. The doctoral curriculum in the first year provides extensive training in economic and social scientific methods. In the economics part of the program this includes extensive training in experimental methods.

We invite applications from highly qualified graduates from the fields of Economics, Business Administration, Political Science, Sociology or East Asian degree programs with a strong social-scientific component. Candidates must hold a Master’s degree in one of the aforementioned subjects or be very close to completion and demonstrate advanced language skills in Chinese or Japanese.

Doctoral scholarship holders receive a basic monthly stipend of 1,365 Euros, plus family allowances in accordance with DFG guidelines where applicable.

Remuneration for doctoral positions is based on Grade E 13 TV-L (50%) of the German Public Service Salary Scale.

Additional funding is available to support field research conducted in East Asia.

The Research Training Group 1613 is funded by the German Research Foundation. For information about this
program, see

The Doctoral degrees are conferred by the Faculty of Social Sciences (Political Science, Sociology) or the Faculty of Business Administration/Mercator School of Management.

The University Duisburg-Essen aims at promoting the diversity of its members (see It aims at increasing the share of female faculty members and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Women with equal qualifications will, in accordance with state equality legislation, be given priority. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply (see § 2 Abs. 3 SGB IX).

The application deadline is March 1, 2014. Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview within a month of the application deadline.For detailed information on the application procedure please see our homepage Applicants are encouraged to contact one of the Speakers about the preparation of their applications:Prof. Karen Shire, PhD and Prof. Flemming Christiansen, PhD

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