Junior Researcher (doctoral student) on China in Africa

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The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) is inviting applications for a

Junior Researcher (doctoral student) on China in Africa

for research focused on sovereign debt and debt crises

The researcher will be based in Kiel, and join our research center “International Finance and Macroeconomics”. We are a young, dynamic, research-oriented team with a large international network, focusing on international capital flows, financial globalization, financial history, and questions of international political economy, in particular geopolitics and geoeconomics.

The position requires a specific skill set, in particular a background in both political science and economics and previous experience in working with data on official (government to government) lending and/or development aid data.

Specifically, interested candidates should fulfill the following list of requirements:

  • Academic degrees in both Political Science/International Relations and Economics (Master required)
  • Experience with data on official creditors and official (government to government) lending and/or development aid data
  • Ambition to complete a very good doctoral thesis and interest in a career in academia
  • Interest in policy-relevant research
  • A track record of academic excellence and very good grades
  • Relevant work experience in Germany and/or abroad
  • Experience as a research assistant, with data management, data coding, and programming (in particular good knowledge of Stata and maybe Python)
  • Expertise on China and Africa is a plus
  • Basic knowledge of Chinese is a plus
  • Excellent English skills and some knowledge of German

The contract is initially limited to 3 years according to the law on limited employment contracts in research (WissZeitVG). The salary is based on the German public sector pay scale (EG 13 TV-L). The contract is part time (75%, corresponding to 29,025 hours per week). The Kiel Institute usually offers – if necessary – contract extensions to finish the dissertation within four years. The start date of the position should be in the summer of 2023.

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy values diversity. We welcome applications regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. The Kiel Institute is an equal opportunity employer with a certified family-friendly policy (http://www.ifw-kiel.de/about-us/equal-opportunity-at-the-kiel-institute/ ). We promote the professional opportunities of women and strongly encourage them to apply. Women with equivalent qualifications, competence and expertise will be given preference. We are committed to employing persons with recognized disabilities and will therefore give them preference over persons without disabilities if they are equally qualified.

Please submit your application online, using your family name as the file name, including a letter of interest, your CV, academic transcripts, a writing sample (e.g. a Master thesis), as well as proofs of relevant work experience (ID-No. “PhD China in Africa”). The deadline for applications is the 6th of June 2023. Application photos should not be included. For questions regarding this position please contact Prof. Dr. Christoph Trebesch (christoph.trebesch(at)ifw-kiel.de ).

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) is inviting applications for a

Junior Researcher (doctoral student) on China in Africa

for research focused on sovereign debt and debt crises

The researcher will be based in Kiel, and join our research center “International Finance and Macroeconomics”. We are a young, dynamic, research-oriented team with a large international network, focusing on international capital flows, financial globalization, financial history, and questions of international political economy, in particular geopolitics and geoeconomics.

The position requires a specific skill set, in particular a background in both political science and economics and previous experience in working with data on official (government to government) lending and/or development aid data.

Specifically, interested candidates should fulfill the following list of requirements:

  • Academic degrees in both Political Science/International Relations and Economics (Master required)
  • Experience with data on official creditors and official (government to government) lending and/or development aid data
  • Ambition to complete a very good doctoral thesis and interest in a career in academia
  • Interest in policy-relevant research
  • A track record of academic excellence and very good grades
  • Relevant work experience in Germany and/or abroad
  • Experience as a research assistant, with data management, data coding, and programming (in particular good knowledge of Stata and maybe Python)
  • Expertise on China and Africa is a plus
  • Basic knowledge of Chinese is a plus
  • Excellent English skills and some knowledge of German

The contract is initially limited to 3 years according to the law on limited employment contracts in research (WissZeitVG). The salary is based on the German public sector pay scale (EG 13 TV-L). The contract is part time (75%, corresponding to 29,025 hours per week). The Kiel Institute usually offers – if necessary – contract extensions to finish the dissertation within four years. The start date of the position should be in the summer of 2023.

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy values diversity. We welcome applications regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. The Kiel Institute is an equal opportunity employer with a certified family-friendly policy (http://www.ifw-kiel.de/about-us/equal-opportunity-at-the-kiel-institute/ ). We promote the professional opportunities of women and strongly encourage them to apply. Women with equivalent qualifications, competence and expertise will be given preference. We are committed to employing persons with recognized disabilities and will therefore give them preference over persons without disabilities if they are equally qualified.

Please submit your application online, using your family name as the file name, including a letter of interest, your CV, academic transcripts, a writing sample (e.g. a Master thesis), as well as proofs of relevant work experience (ID-No. “PhD China in Africa”). The deadline for applications is the 2nd of June 2023. Application photos should not be included. For questions regarding this position please contact Prof. Dr. Christoph Trebesch (christoph.trebesch(at)ifw-kiel.de ).


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