Policy & Advocacy
Research Fellow on China
Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations
Posted on 23.09.2022 Deadline 14.10.2022
half-time, 2-year contract
Deadline for application: 14 October 2022
Start date: as soon as possible
China is an inevitable player in regional and global governance around the globe. Next to its diplomacy, China’s major importance in international trade and investment networks and its growing military capabilities have fashioned it with an increasingly powerful set of instruments to shape global issues. But China’s geoeconomic, geopolitical, and normative ambitions are increasingly experiencing friction and even resistance in places close and far to its shore. China’s actions are changing the international system in fundamental and complex ways. But equally important is the response to its actions, which is transforming China’s foreign policy trajectory. The Egmont Institute wants to consolidate its work on China’s foreign policy. For this, it is seeking a half-time Research Fellow who will undertake relevant policy research on key aspects of China’s global footprint and lead the implementation of an EU-funded research project.
Conduct policy research in relevant areas of Chinese foreign policy and EU-China relations
Lead the implementation of the ‘ReConnect China’ research project, which includes the writing of research reports, organisation of conferences and workshops, network coordination, and other tasks
Write reports and policy briefs as well as shorter commentaries and media pieces
Interact with Belgian and international news media
Planning, organisation and supporting implementation of events
Building and maintaining a network with relevant policy- and other stakeholders
Candidates must have a Master’s degree in sinology, international relations, international law, or related fields
Knowledge of the Chinese language is a strong asset. Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of French and/or Dutch is highly recommended
Relevant work experience in international institutions, think tanks, or diplomatic representations is a plus
Excellent research and analytical skills, the ability to devise and lead research projects, prepare detailed reports and briefing papers, setting out relevant research findings and policy recommendations
Ability to maintain and develop a substantial network of relevant stakeholders
Ability to work autonomously, sense of initiative, team spirit, intellectual curiosity, flexibility and adaptability.
A part-time employment contract (50%) for 2 years, with competitive renumeration
An exciting environment in one of Brussels’ key foreign policy think tanks
High level of autonomy and responsibility to develop the research project
Office space in the heart of Belgium’s foreign affairs district
Send a CV and a motivation letter compiled in a PDF file (no more than three pages in total) should be emailed to Prof. Dr Sven Biscop, Director, Europe in the World Programme, by 14 October 2022: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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