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Job Opening: Student Assistant (m/f/d) for the research project "Reinterpreting the alternative script?" and research for Prof. Libman

SCRIPTS is seeking a student assistant (m/f/d) in the research project “Reinterpreting the alternative script?” by and research for Prof. Libman with 41 hours/month limited to 2 years. Reference code: SCRIPTS_Libman_SHK2022. DEADLINE: 22 Aug 2022.

News from Aug 03, 2022

About the Cluster of Excellence SCRIPT

The Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script (SCRIPTS)” is a research consortium that analyses the contemporary controversies about the model of liberal democracy and the market economy. The term “liberal script” relates to a set of ideas and institutional prescriptions about how society is organised based on the core principle of individual self-determination. The main purpose of SCRIPTS is to understand why the liberal model of order has fallen into crisis despite its political, economic, and social achievements.

SCRIPTS has been operating since 2019 and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) until the end of 2025. The Cluster is hosted by the Freie Universität Berlin and it unites eight major Berlin-based research institutes: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Hertie School, the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), the German Institute for Economic Research Berlin (DIW), the Leibniz Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), the Center for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) and the Leibniz Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO). Cluster research teams are made up of doctoral researchers, postdoctoral researchers, and professors from social and area studies. SCRIPTS is well connected with research institutes and knowledge exchange partners throughout the world, including political and cultural organisations, as well as civil society actors. In addition, SCRIPTS brings renowned visiting scholars from all over the world to Berlin.

The cluster's diverse research projects span the various partner institutions and thematic areas that the cluster researches and offer the opportunity to gain insight into the work of a large research network.

About the Research Project

Prof. Kostka and Prof. Libman's project analyses the construction of "alternative" narratives by authoritarian governments that compete with the liberal script and the way these narratives are perceived, reinterpreted and negotiated by the populations of their countries. We focus on Russia and China and the narratives their regimes provide in relation to the war in Ukraine and the development of new dividing lines, blocs and alliances in the world in the context of this war.

Read more about the project here.


  • Assistance with scientific research and bibliography work. Topics: Propaganda, International Politics, Ukraine Crisis, Social Media Analysis, China's Digital Transformation, Russia-China Comparison.


  • At least two completed semesters in a social, political or administrative science degree programme, preferably with a focus on "comparative politics";
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills
  • Structured and independent way of working;
  • Good knowledge of English;
  • Good knowledge of Russian (sufficient for reading press articles and for researching statistical data in Russian-language sources);
  • In addition, basic knowledge of quantitative empirical social research as well as knowledge of Word, Excel, preferably Stata, Python and/or R is desirable.Assistance with scientific research and bibliography work. Topics: Propaganda, international politics, Ukraine crisis, social media analysis, China's digital transformation, Russia-China comparison.

The selection is made according to the SCRIPTS diversity guidelines.


Applications should be sent electronically by e-mail until 22 August 2022 with relevant documents (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, references, and a valid certificate of enrolment) in PDF format and stating the reference code SCRIPTS_Libman_SHK2022 (preferably as one document) to Prof. Dr. Alexander Libman: sek-politik@oei.fu-berlin.de or via post to

Freie Universität Berlin

Zentralinstitut Osteuropa-Institut

Exzellenzcluster "Contestations of the Liberal Script" (SCRIPTS)

Herrn Prof. Dr. Alexander Libman

Garystr. 55

14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

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