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The Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) is a Berlin-based, independent think tank and leading European provider of policy-oriented research on contemporary China. Founded by Stiftung Mercator, MERICS analyzes current trends in China’s international relations, economy, politics, and society and their implications for Europe.

In the second half of 2019, MERICS will start a new research cluster on China and global challenges. The world faces a number of critical long-term challenges, including climate change and environmental sustainability, diseases and public health, food security, inequality and poverty, migration and aging. In dealing with such challenges, China must not only be viewed as part of the problem, but also as a necessary part of the solution. In order to develop this new cluster, MERICS seeks to fill the following position as soon as possible.


The analyst will the central team member of the new research cluster. She or he will work under the guidance of a member of the MERICS Management Team who acts as the coordinator of the cluster. The team will be completed by several other research analysists from across MERICS who will contribute their expertise to specific projects of the cluster where required.


Research and analysis

  • Conduct original research on China and one or more global challenges, with a strong focus on their implications for business, government and civil society actors in Europe and elsewhere in the world
  • Produce authoritative reports, policy analyses, academic publications and other written products related to China’s contribution to global challenges and their solutions, including a focus on Chinese policy-making and implementation
  • Develop specific research projects together with external partners and funders

Project development and outreach

  • Initiate and develop research project proposals, also for acquiring external funding
  • Serve as an expert commentator in the media and engage in public outreach through op-eds, public talks, social media and other outlets
  • Participate in public events and engage in consultative meetings with policy makers and stakeholders                                                                                            


  • Strong academic background in the social sciences, public health, law or humanities with a China focus (MA or PhD)
  • Minimum of three years of relevant professional work experience (excluding internships)
  • Experience in living in China and/or working on China-related issues
  • Fluent professional English skills, a strong knowledge of modern Chinese (minimally HSK 4 or equivalent); knowledge of or willingness to learn German or one other European language will be an advantage
  • High degree of flexibility and willingness to work as part of a team

MERICS offers a stimulating work environment in a dynamic multi-disciplinary and international team. The positions will be based in Berlin. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications and excellent benefits.

If you are interested in becoming part of our team, please submit your application by 30 June 2019, in one PDF document, containing (in this order) a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and contact information for two references. Pleased do not at this stage submit any references or written work yet. Application should be directed to the MERICS management board and sent by e-mail to Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in the second half of July and interviews will be scheduled for the end of August.