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Position Title    

Peking-Princeton Postdoctoral Program (PPPP): Postdoctoral Research Associate

Position Description      

Peking University (Funding: Boya Postdoctoral Fellowship of Peking University ) and Princeton University have established a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: Peking-Princeton Postdoctoral Program (PPPP), aiming at training highly-qualified, early-career postdoctoral researchers in studies of contemporary China so that they are positioned to become leaders in their respective academic fields. Princeton University and Peking University invite applications for two postdoctoral research associates in studies of contemporary China for the 2020-21 academic year.

Please see for the full instructions and details.

Preferred start date is September 1, 2020. The fellowship is open to highly qualified researchers of all nationalities who received their PhD no more than three years prior to the start of the appointment. The program is open to both internal and external candidates. Applicants holding tenure or tenure-track faculty positions are not eligible to apply. Selection is based on the academic excellence of the applicant, the quality of the proposed research project, compelling demonstration of the anticipated synergy of the appointed postdoc, and the commitment of the respective hosts at both universities. The research proposal should include information on how the project will benefit from the research environments of both institutions.

To apply for a postdoctoral position, please go to This position is subject to the Universities' background check policy. All application documents must be prepared in English and include:

  1. A research proposal and time plan (max. 10 pages in total, including tables/figures and references);
  2. Concise Curriculum Vitae (max. 4 pages in total);
  3. Contact information for two recommendation letters (including one from the applicant's doctoral supervisor);
  4. Contact information for two explicit endorsement letters by the potential supervisors, one at each university; and
  5. One writing sample (not to exceed 10MB).

Incomplete submissions will not be considered. 

Application deadline: March 31, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. EST

Please direct administrative questions to the respective universities:

PKU: Mr. Fan Deshang

Princeton: Ms. Yan Bennett,


Position Title

PIIRS Reimagining World Order Postdoctoral Research Associate

Position Description

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) at Princeton University invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship program for the 2020-21 year for the PIIRS Reimagining World Order Research Community. One postdoctoral fellowship will be awarded to an exceptional recent Ph.D. recipient who is researching issues relating to the theory, history, and politics of international order in the fields of history and political science. Areas of special interest include the rise and decline of international order, the order-building grand strategies of major states, the logic and character of liberal international order, and non-Western conceptions of world order. Appointment is for two academic years, with the possibility of renewal for a third year pending satisfactory appointment and continued funding. The appointment will be made through the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). Applicants must have already demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement and excellence in teaching. A Ph.D. is required.

The fellowship's responsibilities include teaching (co-teaching in first year, one full course each semester in second and third years), and actively participating in research, discussions, and scholarly collaborations within the Reimagining World Order Research Community. In addition, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to advise students in his/her specialty or related areas. When teaching, the successful candidate will carry a secondary teaching rank, and any teaching role is contingent on sufficient course enrollments and the prior approval of the Dean of the Faculty.

Appointments will be made at the rank of Postdoctoral Research Associate. In addition to salary and benefits, the program will provide fellow a research account of $3,000 a year and office space.

Applicants must apply online at The following application items should be uploaded by the applicant:

     1. Cover letter

     2. Curriculum vitae

     3. Dissertation abstract

     4. Writing sample: one chapter of the dissertation or one published article related to the dissertation topic

     5. Research proposal

     6. Two course proposals

     7. Details of prior courses taught and evaluation results if available

     8. Document confirming your completion of all requirements for the PhD degree

     9. Names and email addresses for three references, who will be automatically invited to upload their confidential letter of recommendation to the online portal once the application has been submitted

For fullest consideration applicants should apply by February 28, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, only final candidates will be contacted. Further information about PIIRS can be found at: For questions about this position, please contact Nicole Bergman at 

These positions are subject to the University's background check policy.


Position Title

Associate Research Scholar, Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China

Position Description

The Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) invites applications for a full-time Associate Research Scholar (functional title of Associate Research Scientist) with a preferred start date of September 1, 2020.

The Center conducts research that advances the study of contemporary China at Princeton University and provides substantive analysis from social science perspectives of the dramatic social shifts taking place in China today. The Research Scholar's duties include: working collaboratively with the Director to analyze multiple large datasets; coordinating, designing, implementing, and reporting on the results of such analyses; interfacing with collaborators or potential collaborators in research; potential course instruction pending departmental need, sufficient course enrollments and with the approval of the Office of the Dean of the Faculty; offering of workshops; preparing manuscripts for publication; training junior scholars and graduate students on research study design, methodology, and theory; guiding junior scholars and students in research projects; being familiar with quantitative data sources on China; providing data resource services on China to Princeton's scholars and students; and managing and participating in research conferences, seminars, and lecture series. The successful applicant will also contribute to the overall research agenda of the Center. There will be opportunities for authorship on publications and preparing applications for external funding. The appointment is for three years with reappointment contingent upon successful department and University committee review.

Required Qualifications: Qualified individuals will have a Ph.D. and have: strong data management, programming, and statistical analysis skills; ability to interpret data with coherent theory; strong methodological skills and interests; interest in quantitative research methods and theory; strongly motivated; and can work well in a team setting. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Chinese are required. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated productivity in terms of published journal articles and scientific conference presentations. Preference will be given to candidates who are interested in contemporary China.

This position is subject to the University's background check policy.

Applicants must apply online at: by the application deadline of April 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST and submit the following:

     1. A cover letter

     2. A current curriculum vitae

     3. Contact information for two references

     4. Two writing samples

Questions about the application process for this position may be directed to Yan Bennett at More information on the Center can be found at