Vacant position: Doctoral Researcher

Cologne, Germany
Deadline: 15th Mar 2015

The Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology at the Arts and Humanities Faculty of the University of Cologne seeks to appoint a for a period of three years starting on 1st June 2015. The doctoral researcher will work in the interdisciplinary research project Chinese immigration law and policy reforms: perspectives of lawmakers, administrators and immigrants that is headed by Prof. Dr. Björn Ahl (Department of Chinese Studies) and Prof. Dr. Michaela Pelican (Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology). The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It forms part of the larger research co-operation of European and Chinese universities focusing on the topic of Immigration and the Transformation of Chinese Society, which is funded by the relevant national funding organisations under the Europe-China Collaborative Research Programme on Understanding Population Change.

The project will investigate the transformation of Chinese immigration legislation and policy on the national and local levels by looking at the perspectives of state and non-state actors, including lawmakers, administrators and immigrants. It will further analyse the negotiation, implementation and enforcement of the new national immigration legislation with regard to different immigrant groups as well as immigrants’ responses to these changes. The focus of the advertised position will be on the role of immigrants and immigrant representatives in shaping national and local policies.

We invite applications of PhD candidates and researchers with a completed outstanding Master’s degree (or an equivalent degree) in cultural and social anthropology or Chinese studies. Applicants must be fluent in English and Chinese and fulfil the prerequisites to be enrolled as PhD students in the University of Cologne. The PhD candidate will be part of the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology and will work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Michaela Pelican.

The successful applicant will be appointed for up to 3 years (depending on the starting date and based on the regulations of the German Research Foundation). The salary is on the German scale TV-L 13, 50% (if terms and conditions under collective bargaining law are fulfilled). The University of Cologne is an equal opportunities employer. Applications of women are thus especially encouraged; applications of disabled persons will be given preferential treatment to those of other candidates with equal qualifications.

Applications (in English only) should include a full CV, a copy of the Master’s certificate, an electronic copy of the Master thesis (not necessarily in English) and an exposé of the proposed research (max. 1,500 words, in English). Applications should be submitted by e-mail as a single PDF-document by 15 March 2015 to Monika Boeck, Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Cologne:


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