Call for a Student Assistant, RUB only

The DFG Research Training Group “East Asian Futures: Visions and Realizations on
National, Transregional and Global Scales”
(GRK 2833) offers

one position as a Student Assistant at Ruhr University Bochum, Faculty of East Asian Studies

The interdisciplinary research training group GRK 2833 solicits postdoctoral research on East Asian projections and conceptions of the future: how they emerged, on what premises they were based, and how they have been and continue to be applied to the paradigmatic fields of (1) language, religion, and ideology, (2) self and society, (3) resources and technology, and (4) sovereignty and governance. The temporal focus is on the modern and contemporary periods. Priority will be given to candidates whose postdoctoral research project include at least two East Asian regions or who have a strong area studies and methodological approach. The relevant fields of research are • Area studies: Sinology/Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies • and/or further disciplines with a strong focus on East Asia, such as Social Sciences (Political Science, Economics, Sociology), History, Religious Studies, Linguistics, Literary Studies The position is a fixed-term employment, limited to a maximum of five years. The postdoctoral studies will be conducted at the Faculty of East Asian Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) respectively its constituting faculties, with periods of field work and archival / library research in East Asia. The participating researchers cooperate and coordinate their activities in the Alliance for Research on East Asia (AREA) Ruhr. GRK 2833 is supported by a grant of the German Research Foundation DFG funded by the German federal government and the federal states. For further information on the research programme, please refer to the GRK 2833 website.

extent:10 h/week
duration:at least 1 year
beginning:October 1, 2024
application deadline:August 8, 2024

Your tasks:

  • Maintenance of Moodle courses
  • Contribution to the GRK website
  • Support for the RTG’s teaching and individual events (workshops, colloquia)
  • Support with the RTG’s public relations work
  • Support with internal coordination

Your profile:

  • Enrollment at the Ruhr-University Bochum
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English and German
  • Good command of the usual Office applications
  • Experience in using the Moodle and sciebo platforms is an advantage
  • Knowledge of Chinese, Korean and/or Japanese is an advantage
  • Interest in the subject matter of the Research Training Group

Our offer:

  • Flexible working hours with consideration for study times
  • Collaboration in a committed and appreciative team
  • Qualified induction training
  • Employment at one of the largest universities in Germany within the University Alliance Ruhr

Additional information:

Employment takes the form of a student assistant and is governed by Section 6 of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG). The hourly wage is € 13.25.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Nora BRASSE Tel.: +49 234 32 12116
Simone KORTUNG Tel.: +49 234 32 12279

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see: here (external link to

Please upload your application with the specification ANR 3582 until August 8, 2024 via the RUB job portal through this link.