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October 13, 2010

Postdoctoral research fellowship position at Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

A postdoctoral fellowship is available at the Centre for Chinese Studies for full-time research for a two-year contract period.

The Centre for Chinese Studies (CCS) is devoted to the study of China in Sub-Saharan Africa. As Africa’s political economic interaction with China increases, the need for greater analysis of underlying economic dynamics in China and of the Chinese trade and investment in Africa grows. Chinese policies and activities in Africa require a methodologically sound empirical research in African states, a clear understanding of inner-Chinese dynamics, and a comparative perspective to other role-players’ engagement. The CCS covers these three areas of research.

We are seeking to strengthen our team with a postdoctoral research fellow with expertise in Chinese economic relations with Africa, particularly in the areas of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) or trade policies. The research aims at identifying drivers in Chinese economic engagement in specific African economies and sectors, and will particularly look into the distribution of gains in interactions between Chinese and African role-players.

A PhD in Economics or related Social Science discipline (such as Political Science, International Relations or Development Studies) obtained in the past five years, and with a clear focus on China and/or Chinese economic activities in Africa. Working knowledge of Mandarin will be a particularly strong asset for the position. The position is likely to involve empirical research in African countries; the willingness and ability to travel are therefore assumed.

Applications, comprising a cover letter and a full curriculum vitae including all research outputs, must be sumitted to Dr Sven Grimm, Centre for Chinese Studies, P.O. Box 3538, Matieland 7602, South Africa, or via e-mail to sgrimm@sun.ac.za.

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Applications close on 31 December 2010.

Posted by zzhu at October 13, 2010 09:54 PM