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Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften - Ostasien und Vorderer Orient Japanologie

Research Assistant (praedoc) 75% part-time job Limited to 30.09.2023 Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU Kennung: Japanologie/Reiher/Rural migration_2020_1

Bewerbungsende: 29.06.2020

Applications are invited for a three-year period to work as Research Assistant (PhD candidate) on the project ‘Urban-rural migration and rural revitalization in Japan’ funded by the German Research Foundation at Freie Universität Berlin.
The project ‘Urban-rural migration and rural revitalization in Japan’, led by Prof. Cornelia Reiher, seeks to understand the impacts of urban-rural migration on rural revitalization in Kyūshū, Japan’s most southern main island. At the interface of social anthropology and political science, we empirically study interlinkages between urban-rural migration and rural revitalization as well as between local practices, urban-rural migration and larger societal, political and economic structures. The project will analyze how mobilities change social structures and orders, power inequalities between centers and their peripheries and central-local relations in Japan. For more detailed information on the project, see https://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/oas/japanologie/forschung/Forschungsschwerpunkte-des-Arbeitsbereichs-Gesellschaft-Japans/DFG-Projekt-RE-4234_2-1-Urban-rural-migration-and-rural-revitalization-in-Japan/index.html

Job description:
The research assistant will work in the subproject “The periphery and the center: Support schemes for urban-rural migration and their local appropriation” and explore the dynamics of rural-urban and central-local relations in Japan by focusing on the Japanese central government’s policies and support schemes for urban-rural migration and for rural revitalization, their conjunction, underlying ideas and objectives. The research assistant will analyze local actors’ dependencies on resources from the center, and their agency in exercising greater independence. The subproject's goal is to compare similarities and differences across different municipalities in Kyūshū with regard to their appropriation of central government programs and attracting in-migrants.
The successful candidate will conduct independent research and write a doctoral thesis on a particular subject within the subproject. The thesis can be written in English or in German. Part of the research will be undertaken through fieldwork in Japan. Additionally, the candidate will participate in joint research activities of the team, such as organizing workshops and contributing to the production of publications. Teaching will not be required.
The preferred start date is 1 October 2020. The salary range lies within the German civil service TV-L 13 salary group. The candidate will have access to funding for fieldwork and conference travel. The working language of the project is English (optionally also Japanese or German).

Requirements:
Master’s degree in Japanese Studies, Political Science or other relevant fields with a regional focus on Japan.

(Professional) Experience:
The doctoral researcher conducting this subproject ideally has a background in political science or Japanese studies, knowledge about Japanese politics, is experienced in qualitative social science methods and fluent in Japanese.

Desirable:
- Excellent Japanese-language skills
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
- Fieldwork experience in Japan
- Knowledge about qualitative social science research methods
The successful candidate should reside in Berlin or in commuting distance.

Stellenauschreibung vom: 07.06.2020