The Institute of Asian Research in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia welcomes applicants for the Chevalier Junior Chair (Postdoctoral Fellowship) in Transportation and Development in China.
The successful candidate will show promise as an emerging scholar of Chinese policy, focusing on economic policy, development policy, industrial policy, trade policy, economic statecraft and/or foreign policy. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to policy-oriented research and policy engagement. The postdoctoral fellow should have an innovative program of research focused on some aspect of China’s development policy related to the transportation sector. This might include, for example, research on China’s industrial policies for transportation industries, such as conventional and electric vehicles, high-speed rail, aviation, ocean engineering and high-tech ships; China’s efforts to develop and control related supply chains (e.g., rare earths, semiconductors, and batteries for electric vehicles and other high-tech applications); the Made in China 2025 strategy to foster transportation-related industrial upgrading and indigenous innovation in high-tech industries; or the expansion of Chinese manufacturing production overseas in transportation sectors such as the automotive industry. It might also involve research on China’s investment in transportation and other infrastructure projects through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to foster enhanced trade and deeper economic integration and development within the Asian region and beyond. Thematic engagement with social justice, poverty reduction, and/or environmental sustainability is strongly encouraged.
This is a two-year position. Applicants must hold, or be near completion of, a Ph.D. degree in a relevant field and have the ability to engage with Chinese counterparts; Chinese language ability preferred but not required. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to maintain an active research program, teach one course per year, organize an annual workshop for academics and policymakers, and engage with policy communities in Canada, Asia and globally.
The position is available from now until it is filled. The review of applications will begin on March 31st, 2021. Applications can be sent to Timothy Cheek, Director of the Institute of Asian Research, SPPGA, c/o Yoko Nagao (email@example.com).
Applications must include:
- A short cover letter that includes a description of the current and proposed research,
- A curriculum vitae,
- Proof of Ph.D. completion prior to the start date
- Three letters of reference to be sent directly by referees to firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply?
Applicants should send materials by email to email@example.com and refer to reference C-PDF.