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 The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as

Junior Researcher (PhD student 75% of FTE) in Environmental Economics

on a three year project in its research area “The Environment and Natural Resources”. Research activities in the research area focus on the allocation of environmental and natural resources. The research area analyses the interconnectedness of factors influencing this process by evaluating international and national aspects of environmental policy measures.
The project “VirtualWaterValues – Multi-scale Monitoring of Global Water Resources and Options for an Efficient and Sustainable Use” ( aims at generating information to support progress in achieving water-related goals of the Agenda 2030. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the research program “GROW – Global Resources Water” over a period of 3 years. As part of the team, the candidate will work in close collaboration with hydrologists, geographers, agricultural economists, environmental economists, computer scientists, and climate modelers of the IfW and six other research institutions in an inter- and transdisciplinary research project.

Working environment
The successful candidate will be part of a project team with several post-doctoral researchers and PhD-students. At the IfW, the successful candidate will join the research area “The Environment and Natural Resources”. Being internationally renowned in research and policy consulting, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy provides excellent support to potential candidates who are interested in developing their career in research and policy consulting.

Job description
Main tasks of this position include – in cooperation with the modeling team at the IfW – (1) the further development the Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model DART-BIO (Dynamic Applied Regional Trade), which has been used for several research projects in the field of climate, environmental, and agricultural policies, (2) the analysis of global virtual water trade, and (3) an economic analysis of different water uses at the regional level.

Requirements for the PhD position
The successful candidate for the PhD position is expected to pursue a PhD degree in environmental economics or in a closely related field. For example, the Kiel University runs a well-established PhD program in quantitative economics ( that junior researchers at the IfW may join.
• Candidates should hold (or be close to completing) a Master’s degree or equivalent in economics or in a closely related field.
• They should be familiar with relevant empirical methods and possess an excellent academic record.
• Prior knowledge of CGE modeling, including the software GAMS would be an advantage.
• The working language of the project is English; excellent English skills are therefore required. Some knowledge of German would be useful, but is not essential.

The position is initially funded for three years at 75% of full-time equivalent, with a planned start on September 1 2017. We intend to extend the contract to allow the successful candidate to complete her/his PhD in a timely manner. The salary will be based on the German public sector pay scale at grade EG 13 TV L.

The IfW is an equal opportunity employer and works individually with its staff to establish flexible working time schemes that allow staff members to maintain a good work-family balance and to parent their children optimally ( We are committed to employing persons with recognized disabilities and will therefore give them preference over persons without disabilities if they are equally qualified.

Please submit your application online by July 23 2017, using your family name as the file name: (ID-No.: Environment_01).

Please include a letter of interest, your CV, transcripts of your academic record, an academic writing sample, and two letters of recommendation. Letters of reference may also be e-mailed under separate cover to

For information on the position in environmental economics, please contact Dr. Ruth Delzeit:  or Franziska Sch√ľnemann . Please visit our homepage at:





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