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Mercator Institute for China Studies: Analyst: Europe-China Relations, 7.5.

Since its foundation in 2013, the 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, 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 China’s foreign relations and EU-China relations more specifically. Over the coming months, the institute will further expand its research and advisory portfolio on issues related to these themes. MERICS therefore wishes to hire an

Analyst: Europe-China Relations

as soon as possible. As an Analyst working on Europe-China relations you will report to the coordinators of the Foreign Relations team under the overall direction of the Executive Team.


  • You will conduct original research on and support the team’s efforts producing cutting-edge analyses regarding Europe-China relations by collecting and analyzing data, monitoring policies, and producing reports and other deliverables.
  • You will contribute to regular publications on Europe-China relations, China’s international presence and its impact on European actors and interests.
  • You will drive the delivery of (externally funded) projects and help shape new research endeavors, including with the aim of acquiring external funding.
  • You serve as an expert commentator in the media and engage in public outreach through presentations, talks, social media, and other channels of communication and dissemination.
  • You participate in impactful client and stakeholder interactions, including in consultative meetings with public and private sector decision makers.


  • You have a graduate degree in international affairs, China/Asia studies, political science, international economics, law, or related fields.
  • You have demonstrated experience in working with Chinese primary sources and policy documents.
  • You have strong knowledge of the European policy landscape concerning China and of the current state of Europe-China relations. A specific focus on a particular aspect of Europe-China relations (such as, but not limited to, geoeconomics, China’s sharp power, or China-Europe competition/cooperation in third regions) will be an advantage.
  • You have a minimum of three years of relevant work experience.
  • You are able to conduct research and pursue assignments independently and to a high standard of quality.
  • You have a very good command of written and spoken English and
  • strong knowledge of modern Chinese (minimally HSK 4 or equivalent). Knowledge of or willingness to learn German or one other European language will be an advantage.
  • You are flexible, willing to leave your comfort zone, keen to work as part of a team, and to take on responsibility.

You will be hired initially on a two-year contract, with a probationary period of six months and a strong endeavor to make your position a permanent one.

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

If you are interested in becoming part of our team, please submit your application by 7 May 2021, in one PDF document, containing a motivation letter, CV, and contact information of two referees.

Your application should be addressed to the attention of Mikko Huotari and be sent by e-mail to Mr. Felix Rasche at felix.rasche@merics.de.


Felix Rasche

Assistant for Administration and Personnel

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