Research Analyst (m/f/d): Political Discourse, Ideology and Media

Since its foundation in 2013, Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) has established itself as the leading European think tank on China. Employing more than 30 full-time staff from all over Europe and beyond, MERICS is currently the largest European institute focusing solely on the analysis of contemporary China. With its headquarters based in Berlin and offices in Brussels, the institute is regularly at the forefront of European and international public debates on China.  

MERICS has an established track record in analyzing Chinese politics and society, more specifically the development of party-state governance, ideology, and societal debates. In coming months, the institute will expand its research portfolio on related issues. MERICS therefore wishes to hire a

Research Analyst (m/f/d): Political Discourse, Ideology and Media

as soon as possible. As an analyst working on Chinese domestic politics and media you will report to the Head of Politics and Society and work under the overall direction of the Executive Team.


Research and project development

  • You will conduct original research and support the team’s efforts producing cutting-edge analyses on China’s changing media environment and domestic debates, covering both party-state narratives and critical voices from a variety of societal stakeholders by collecting and analyzing data, monitoring policies, and producing reports and other deliverables.
  • You will contribute to regular publications on Chinese domestic debates on key social issues as well as the party state’s domestic and international messaging and its relevance for Europe.
  • You will drive the delivery of external and internal projects and help shape new research endeavors
  • You will contribute to the management of ongoing research projects and coordinate with partner organizations.


  • You will serve as an expert commentator in the media and engage in public outreach through presentations, talks, social media and other outlets.
  • You will participate in impactful client and stakeholder interactions, including in consultative meetings with policy makers and other public and private sector decision makers.


  • You have strong knowledge of China’s political discourse and CCP ideology, media policy and functioning of party-state domestic and international propaganda as well as China’s public media landscape and social debates.
  • You have a graduate degree in Sinology / Chinese Studies, political science, media studies, journalism, or related fields.
  • You have a native or near native command of German, a very good command of written and spoken English and a strong knowledge of modern Chinese (minimally HSK 5 or equivalent).
  • You have demonstrated experience in working with Chinese primary sources and policy documents.
  • You have a minimum of two years of relevant professional work experience.
  • You are able to conduct research and produce assignments independently and at high quality.
  • You are flexible, willing to leave your comfort zone, willing to work as part of a team and ready to take on responsibility.

MERICS offers a flexible and stimulating work environment in a dynamic multi-disciplinary and international team. The position will be based in Berlin and comes with a competitive salary (commensurate with experience and qualifications) and excellent benefits.

You will be hired initially on a two-year contract, with a probationary period of six months.

If you are interested in becoming part of our team, please submit your application by December 15, 2021, in one PDF document, containing a motivation letter, CV, and contact information of two referees. Your application should be addressed to Katja Drinhausen, Senior Analyst and team coordinator Politics and Society, and sent by e-mail to Mr. Felix Rasche at [email protected].

Felix Rasche

Felix Rasche

Assistant for Administration and Personnel
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