TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is seeking to hire a political economy expert amid heightened geopolitical risk.
The world’s largest chipmaker is hiring a “business intelligence analyst” with a doctorate in political economy or international relations on LinkedIn. The successful candidate will be responsible for research on “U.S.-China-Taiwan relations” among other analysis and will report directly to the company’s Vice President of Corporate Planning as per the job description.
More than 80 applications for the vacant position have been submitted as of Tuesday, February 15.
Austin Wang (王宏恩), assistant professor of political science at the University of Nevada, said on Facebook that Taiwanese companies taking political economy seriously were a welcome development. This will boost investment in Taiwanese think tanks and contribute to the study of relevant topics, he said.
Having earned the epithets of the “silicon shield” and the “diamond of hope of the semiconductor industry”, TSMC finds itself forced to navigate the growing tensions between the United States and China. The Economist wrote in a May 2021 article that the Taiwanese government has urged TSMC and the country’s other chipmakers to keep their advanced capabilities in the country to protect them from foreign interference.
The chipmaking giant is picking up the pace by establishing new factories in Taiwan. The proposal to expand semiconductor investment in the Central Taiwan Science Park in Taichung was approved in January.
The proposal would involve TSMC’s 2-nanometer processing facilities, though the company has yet to confirm that, saying only that it doesn’t rule out such a plan, per CNA.
TSMC job offer. (LinkedIn screenshot)