1 PhD Student Position (65%, E13 TV-L, 3 years) Mathematics / Statistics in China (19th–21st century)

Chen Qilu. 1928. Elements of Statistics for Higher Commercial Schools.
Chen Qilu 陳其鹿. Tongji xue 統計學 Gaoji shangye xuexiao jiaokeshu 高級商業學校教科書 (Elements of Statistics for Higher Commercial Schools). Shanghai: Shangwu yinshuguan 商務印書館. 1928.

1 PhD Student Position (65%, E13 TV-L, 3 years) Mathematics / Statistics in China (19th–21st century)


The Chair for Sinology with a focus on the Intellectual and Cultural History of China — Institute for Near Eastern and East Asian Languages and Civilizations — at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) invites applications for the position of a PhD student (f/m/d) related to mathematics or statistics in China (19th21st century).

The position is part of the interdisciplinary project sin-aps funded generously by the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation and free of teaching obligations. The topic of the PhD proposal must fit within the framework of the research conducted in this project, either in the history of mathematics or the politics of quantification in modern or contemporary China.

The successful candidate is expected to have

  • a Master degree in Chinese studies,
  • or, in the case of native speakers, a Master degree in a discipline related to mathematics, statistics, or the history of science
  • a strong interest either in the historical epistemology of mathematics or the political epistemology of statistics,
  • excellent knowledge of working languages English and Chinese, incl. Classical Chinese if relevant to the project.

FAU provides an innovative and supportive environment, a yearly travel budget is granted for participation in international conferences. The position is to be filled between May 1st, 2022 and October 1st, 2022.

FAU is a family-friendly employer and intends to increase the number of women in research and teaching positions and, therefore, strongly encourages female researchers to apply. In its pursuit of academic excellence, FAU is committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity.

Please apply by submitting by March 15, 2022

  • a letter of motivation,
  • your CV,
  • copies of your diploma,
  • proof of language skills,
  • a 4-5 pages project description (incl. bibliography),
  • and contact information for two academic references

to Prof. Dr. Dr. Andrea Bréard (andrea.breard@fau.de). Inquiries concerning the position may be directed to her beforehand.