Ph.D. research position (m/f)

(part-time 65%)

Job ID JU-17-58

The position is part of the research project “Public-Private Collaboration in China´s Innovative Rise: Effects and Mechanisms“, which is jointly organized by the Chair of Chinese Society and Business at Jacobs University Bremen (Prof. Tobias ten Brink) and the Chair of Institutional and Innovation Economics, especially Japan/East Asia at Goethe University Frankfurt (Prof. Cornelia Storz). In order to understand the sources of China’s recent rise in innovation capacities, the research project focuses on public-private collaboration between actors from industry, university and (local) government. It aims at unpacking main mechanisms that drive public-private networking. The research departs from theoretical insights into the potentially beneficial effects of collaboration in the industrial policy and the innovation systems literature.

The research will be funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The position in Bremen will start at the earliest possible date for two years (with a potential third year, subject to funding approval).

Activities include original research and fieldwork in China (Guangdong province), participating in the day-to-day activities of the project, presentation of project findings in conferences, and producing both sole-authored and co-authored publications. The position provides a great opportunity for independent research and for preparing a doctoral dissertation.

Requirements are an excellent university degree in the Social Sciences (Master or equivalent), related to Chinese studies and/or innovation studies and public policy analysis. The successful candidate has relevant research experience and a very good methodological background (primarily in qualitative methods). Excellent knowledge of English and Mandarin Chinese (written and spoken) are required. 

Your application should be in English and include a cover letter (including your motivation), CV, copy of your master thesis or equivalent final thesis, further representative sample of research work, copies of your university certificates including grade transcripts and two academic references (i.e. their names, positions and email addresses). Please submit your application electronically in two PDF files (application in one file; master thesis and further research work in another file) until October 6, 2017 to Prof. Tobias ten Brink: For further information please follow this link:

We are looking for highly motivated, creative and communicative employees with a keen interest in working in an international and dynamic environment. Jacobs University is an equal opportunity employer.