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   Currently there is one Job Placements for IfW and one for Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg




Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg (HSU/UniBw H), Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, Chair of Environmental, Climate and Development Economics (Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs), in cooperation with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, is looking to fill a vacancy from 1 August 2018 for a

Research Fellow
(pay grade: E 13 TVöD (German Public Service Collective Bargaining Agreement); 19.5 hours per week),
initially for a limited duration of three years.

Description of the professorship:
The new professorship, jointly established with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy
(IfW), analyzes research questions of relevance for economic and development policy in
Environmental, Climate and Development Economics from a political-economy perspective
and with quantitative methods. The professorship’s main research areas relate to
international trade, investment and development policy with a special focus on emerging
economies (e.g., China). The professorship also investigates the political economy of natural
disasters and takes part in interdisciplinary research projects, notably with political scientists.

Job description / We offer:
 Participation in the professorship’s research projects
 Presentation of research articles at international conferences and preparation for publication in leading  
    academic journals
 Teaching (of tutorials) in development economics and environmental economics for 1.5 contact hours per week
    each trimester
 Support with the supervision of students and organizational tasks of the professorship Possibility to acquire
    further academic qualifications (doctorate, postdoctoral lecture qualification) in one of the professorship’s
    areas of research

Qualification requirements:
 A university degree (graduate or Master's degree) preferably in Economics, Political Science, International
    Relations, Statistics, Industrial Engineering or Management, with the overall grade "good"
 Good knowledge of empirical methods and relevant statistical software (e.g., Stata, R, Matlab)
 Willingness and interest to acquire GIS software skills to process geodata
 Very good computer skills
 Very good knowledge of English and German
 Willingness to cooperate und joy in teamwork

For more detailed information, please contact Prof. Dr. Andreas Fuchs via email:
Should you have acquired a higher education degree abroad, please submit proof of the qualification's recognition by the “Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen” (ZAB; Central Office for Foreign Education) of the “Kultusministerkonferenz” (Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs).
Employment will be based on the provisions of the "Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst" (TVöD; German Public Service Collective Bargaining Agreement) in conjunction with the "Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz" (WissZeitVG; "Act regulating Fixed-Term Contracts in Higher Education and Research"). Classification in pay grade E 13 TVöD will be subject to the personal requirements being met and all the assigned activities being taken on.

Applications from women are expressly encouraged. Where aptitude, ability and professional merit are deemed equal, preferential consideration will be given to women in areas in which they are underrepresented, unless reasons relating to the person of a rival applicant prevail.
Applications from handicapped people are expressly encouraged. Severely handicapped people and those of equivalent status who are equal in aptitude will receive preferential consideration. They are required to have only minimum physical ability. Individual handicap-specific limitations will only preclude preferential consideration if particular abilities are absolutely essential for the position that is to be filled.

HSU/UniBw H has a campus atmosphere, student groups of manageable size, and a good infrastructure. It offers officer candidates and officers academic study courses at Bachelor and Master's degree level which are conducted according to the trimester system and complemented by interdisciplinary study elements.
The Kiel Institute is an international center for research in global economic affairs, economic policy consulting, and economic education. The Institute engages especially in creating solutions to urgent problems in global economic affairs. On basis of its research, the Institute advises decisiontakers in policy, business, and society and informs the broader public about important developments in international economic policy.
For more detailed information on the University, visit our Internet website at For more detailed information on the IfW, see The website presents the new holder of the professorship.
Please address your application along with the customary documentation in electronic form only (pdf file), stating reference number WiSo-1118, by 02 May 2018 to:
Helmut Schmidt University
Bundeswehr University, Hamburg
- Personaldezernat (Human Resources Dept.) -
Postfach 70 08 22
22008 Hamburg
NOTE: Failure to state the reference number will mean your application cannot be considered and will be promptly deleted for data protection reasons.


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

a Postdoctoral Researcher (full-time) in Environmental Economics

in its research area “The Environment and Natural Resources”. Research activities in the research area “The Environment and Natural Resources” 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”. 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 well-established 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 the further development the CGE model DART-BIO (Dynamic Applied Regional Trade) towards the explicit integration of water into the DART-BIO model, conducting the conceptual development of linking spatial water data with and integrating those into a numerical economic model, but also to interact with project partners and stakeholders over the course of the project.

We are looking for a candidate who meets the following conditions:

• She/he holds (or is close to completing) a doctorate degree in economics or a related field and has an excellent
   academic record.
• The position’s primary focus will be on the application of the DART model. Thus, interest and experience in
   numerical modelling (using e.g. GAMS or MATLAB) is required. Knowledge of CGE modelling is of advantage.
• The candidate should be interested in research on natural resource allocation. Prior knowledge of water
   allocation issues is an advantage.
• The working language is English; excellent English skills are therefore required. Some knowledge of German
   would be useful, but is not essential.

The preferable contract period is 2.5 years (expected start July 1 2018), it however depends on the individual qualification time according to (WissZeitVG § 2 Abs. 1 S. 2 and S. 3). The salary will be based on the German public sector pay scale at grade EG 14 TV L. The position is full-time, however part-time employment is possible.

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 April 30 2018, using your family name as the file name (ID-No: “Postdoc_Viwa”:

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 Ms. Angela Husfeld: ; phone: +49-431-8814-308. Please visit our homepage at:

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