Research Associate / Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in (salary level TV-L E 13)

Be a part of the most innovation-driven University in Germany with around 38.300 students, 267 study programs and around 6.500 employees in science and non-scientific fields. The interdisciplinary Elite Master's program "Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures" (SDAC) is looking to fill the following position as soon as possible:


As part of a German Research Foundation (DFG) project, is researched either a predoctoral candidate (TV-L E13 at 78% for 25 months), or a postdoctoral candidate (TV-L E13 at 100% for 19 months).

The contract can be later extended for one additional year.

The position will remain opened until fulfilled. Starting date: negotiable/as soon as possible.

No teaching obligation is associated with the contract, but teaching experience will be offered if desirable.

Your tasks:

  • Participation in research (English language).
  • Carrying out of several months autonomous research fieldwork in a coastal area of southern China or of a country neighboring the South China Sea.
  • Analysis of data and preparation of publications and/or dissertation.
  • Preparation of a PhD or Postdoc project for submission to a third-party founding institution.


Necessary qualifications:

  • MA in sinology, social and cultural anthropology or a related discipline.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Good command of written and spoken Chinese mandarin and/or Cantonese.
  • Interest for human-nonhuman anthropological research in a marine environment.
  • Interest for the anthropological study of Chinese Medicine.
  • Interest for the anthropology of morality and ethics.
  • Demonstrated experience in ethnographic methods and empirical research.
  • Ability to work in a team, good communication skills, strong organizational skills and an independent working style.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Previous experience of life or research in China or in a country neighboring the South China Sea
  • Knowledge of Hakka, Cantonese, Hainanese, or another coastal language or dialect of the South China Sea.
  • Previous experience in writing a research project.
  • Teaching experience.
  • German language skills.

Supplementary description

FAU offers an outstandingly productive research environment as well as a passionate and multi-disciplinary scholarly community within a vibrant institutional network.In its pursuit of academic excellence, FAU is committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity. FAU is a family-friendly employer and responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

This position remains available as long as this announcement is still online.

Please send your application with a cover letter (including mention of potential research topic), curriculum vitae, earlier publications (if applicable) and certificates in one PDF file to

Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen NürnbergStandards of Decision-making Master ProgramProf. Dr. Jean-Baptiste


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Release date: 06.02.2024