Post-doctoral Research Position – China, Latin America and Sustainable Development

The Center for China and Asia-Pacific Studies at the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru is welcoming applications for the position of Full-Time Postdoctoral Researcher focusing on issues of China and Sustainable Development in Latin America.


This position is for a postdoctoral researcher who will join our team for a period of one to three years, with the possibility of annual renewal by mutual agreement. Our aim is to strengthen the center’s research capabilities in the areas of environment, energy, and sustainable development. This includes examining the environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts of Chinese investment in this region, as well as the potential for strategic collaboration towards a just energy transition. At least part of his or her time would involve participation in a multi-national project examining the challenges and opportunities presented by China´s role in the global energy transition and its investments in critical minerals and energy in Latin America.


– Conduct research and publish results in ranked academic journals or presses.
– Participate in a program of policy-oriented research and multi-stakeholder dialogue with colleagues in China and other Latin American countries.
– Teach one undergraduate or graduate course or seminar per year, on subjects of the
researcher´s specialty, and supervise students pursing theses on related subjects.
– Participate in conferences, workshops and other events organized by the Center.
– Collaborate with other colleagues and peers, including professors and researchers from the larger Research Center of the UP (CIUP), when opportunities arise.


– Competitive salary for the Peruvian/South American labor market.
– Access to research and/or travel funds associated with the line of research, field work, and/or collaboration with peers in other countries.
– Round trip airfare and modest moving expenses if coming from outside Peru, and
assistance with visa and migration processes if needed.


– Doctoral Degree (PhD or equivalent), in Economics, other Social Sciences,
Development, or related disciplines.
– Research focus on environment and sustainable development, and/or energy policy and energy transition, and/or extractive industry governance, involving the role of China in the Global South, preferably in Latin America.
– At least two prior publications of recognized academic quality on related issues.
– International academic or professional experience, preferably in China or Latin America.
– Advanced-level proficiency in English. Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese or Spanish
desirable but not required.

Documents to be submitted (in English)

– Cover letter with expression of interest.
– Curriculum vitae and list of publications.
– Teaching evaluations, if any.
– Two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation.
– Summary (1000 words) of relevant research experience and topics the candidate wishes to pursue in the framework of this announcement while at the Center.


Applications open: January 15 to March 11, 2024.
Start date: between April 1 and April 26, 2024
(flexible, depending on the duration of the candidate´s visa process if not a citizen or resident of Peru).

All documentation is to be emailed to Belen Palza ( with a copy to: José Carlos Feliciano (

The email subject line should be: Post-Doctoral Research Position – Center for China and Asia-Pacific Studies Universidad del Pacífico.

The Universidad del Pacífico and its Center for China and Asia-Pacific Studies are
committed to creating an inclusive work environment and upholding equal opportunities and non-discrimination during the selection and hiring process. Women and ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

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