Postdoc project: The Geopolitical Drivers of Europe-China Tech decoupling

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 22 Apr 2024

16 Mar 2024
Job Information

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)
Research Field

Cultural studies
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

22 Apr 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

This postdoc position is part of the Vidi project “Globalization Unravelling? The Geopolitics of Europe-China Tech Decoupling”. In this project, we analyse and explain the geopolitical drivers behind emergent decoupling between Europe and China in the realm of technology. The project has three ‘workstreams’ to which you will contribute. In the project we place contemporary geopolitical competition over technology in a wider historical context by analysing ‘three waves of techno-nationalism’ going back to the Cold War as well as the competition with Japan in the 1980s (WS1). Against this background we will analyse how political and geopolitical drivers are shaping policies, practices and contestation around contemporary technological decoupling between Europe and China and explain (variation in) technological decoupling practices and responses in Europe and across different tech domains (WPS2). In addition, the project develops novel theorisation around technonationalism and the emergent topic of decoupling and recoupling in a globalized world (WS3).
You will be part of a team consisting of the Principal Investigator (PI), a PhD, and a research assistant.

Your duties

  • Be involved in the coordination of the project and its team
  • Collect and analyse data on geopolitical drivers and dynamics of technological competition and decoupling both historically and contemporary
  • Conduct field work in Europe (and perhaps China/US)
  • Contribute to the development of the research agenda and theory around techno-nationalism and decoupling/recoupling in a globalized world
  • Organize workshops with academic and societal stakeholders
  • Contribute to (joint) publications on the findings of the project

Specific Requirements


  • PhD in Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology, or a closely related field, expertise/background in International Political Economy and / or China studies and/or European studies is a plus
  • excellent advanced qualitative research skills and at least basic quantitative research skills
  • a proven track record in publishing in high-quality international refereed journals
  • willingness to work in a team and take on some coordinating duties

In addition, the following skills, competences and/or experiences are considered a plus:

  • competence and willingness to work with (social) network methodologies (e.g. SNA, DNA) and/or with large data bases (e.g. Bloomberg, Orbis)
  • experience in conducting and analyzing (elite) interviews
  • apprehension of Mandarin (written and or spoken)
  • relevant teaching experience and enthusiasm to teach

Additional Information

What are we offering?
A stimulating position in a highly committed team within a societally-engaged university and a vibrant international city. The position entails the optional extension from 0.8fte to 1.0 fte to gain more teaching experience (see below). The position also offers you the possibility to become an active member of the China in Europe Research Network (CHERN) .

The job profile is based on the university job ranking system researcher (UFO profile Onderzoeker 3 or 4) and is vacant for 0.8 FTE for the research. In consultation with the selected candidate, the contract can be extended to 1.0 FTE by adding teaching tasks.

Depending on the previous experience of the candidate, the remuneration on a full-time basis amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of € 3.226 (scale 10.0) up to a maximum of € 5.929 (scale 11.11). The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a total duration of 3 years.

The intended start date is preferably no later than 1st of September 2024

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

Given the current composition of the department, we especially welcome applications by women and members of underrepresented groups.

Additional comments

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 22/04/2024. Interviews are planned to take place in May 2024.

Submitting a diploma is part of the application process.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

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Work Location(s)
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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Postal Code
De Boelelaan 1105

Where to apply



De Boelelaan 1105
Postal Code

1081 HV


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