Post-doctoral position for ERC project: 'Green Industrial Policy in the Age of Rare Metals

ISS is looking for 1 Post-Doctoral Fellow on China’s resource-based industrial strategy.

The objective is to offer a unique opportunity to create a team which will become leading in the field of political economy of mining and industrial policy with some clear regional/empirical expertise.

The successful candidate will join Dr Jewellord T. Nem Singh to work on his ERC funded research project ‘Green Industrial Policy in the Age of Rare Metals: A Trans-regional Comparison of Growth Strategies in Rare Earths Mining’

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Job description summary

As post-doctoral fellow, you will be responsible for studying the industrial restructuring of the critical minerals — especially rare earths elements — and its linkages to advanced manufacturing sectors in China. You will be expected to incorporate a distinctive perspective on the New Silk Road campaign and the nascent body of scholarship on ‘Global China’ in order to analyze the global restructuring taking place in the context of China’s ascent in the international order.

To contribute substantially on the project, the Fellow is expected to be well-versed in multiple techniques, which includes but is not exclusive, elite interviewing, surveys or other research techniques for micro-level analysis, and global value chains (GVC) analysis.

It is expected that extensive fieldwork will be conducted in China, which will be supported by Tsinghua University. The prospective candidate may propose different pathways for his/her own research, for example, by exploring potential comparative analysis within China, proposing a distinctive yet complementary approach to analyze industrialization, or undertaking value chain analysis of specific critical minerals and end user manufacturing/high technology sectors.


  • A completed PhD degree (or recently submitted PhD thesis) in political science, political economy and/or development studies;
  • Evidence of a track record or working in the field of political economy and economic policy analysis, with emphasis on industrial policy, global value chains and/or natural resource governance and politics;
  • Proven track record of conducting fieldwork research at both national and regional levels, employing multiple methodological techniques;
  • Fluency in English and Chinese is a requirement;
  • Excellent communication skills to work in a team setting, and a proactive, versatile and independent attitude to completing tasks;
  • Work experience and/or contacts with government, international organizations or research institutions is an advantage;
  • Experience in organizing high impact research activities is highly desirable.
Thursday 11 Aug 2022, 23:59

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