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Junior Researcher (PhD) student in Economics of International Trade

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy seeks a

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

This vacant position will be integrated in a Trade Policy Task Force directly under the supervision of the Institute’s President Professor Gabriel Felbermayr.

The task force will support the President in his policy advice activities for national and international decision makers in the area of international trade policy by further developing, maintaining and using quantitative models (such as modern computable general equilibrium models), econometric tools (such as the gravity equation) and data sets (e.g., on trade barriers). Members of the task force contribute towards short research and policy reports on current economic policy issues. Thus, excellent communication skills are required.

Apart from working closely with task force team members, the successful candidate will liaise with junior and senior researchers of the various Institute’s Research Areas and the policy centers in particular the Kiel Center for Globalization.

The successful candidate is expected to pursue a PhD degree in economics of international trade. 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 (e.g. econometrics). They should have some knowledge of the relevant literature and an excellent academic record, in particular in micro-econometrics and trade theory. The working languages are German and English; excellent German and English skills are therefore required.

The position will be based in Kiel and is initially funded for three years at 75% of full-time equivalent, starting on 1 June 2019 and can be prolonged; we may negotiate an earlier or later start date. The salary will be based on the German public sector pay scale at grade EG 13 TV-L.

The Kiel Institute is an equal opportunity employer with a certified family-friendly policy. We promote the professional opportunities of women and strongly encourage them to apply. Women with equivalent qualifications, competence and expertise will be given preference. 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 05/20/2019 using the form below (ID-No. 04_19_PhD_Trade_01) including a letter of interest, CV, an academic writing sample, and two letters of recommendation, using your family name as the file name.

Letters of reference may also be e-mailed under separate cover to

For information, please contact:
Sandra Martini
+49 431 8814-265


Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr

For questions regarding this position please contact

At a glance

  • 75% of FTE position based in Kiel

  • The salary is based on the German public sector pay scale (EG 13 TV-L).

  • ID-No: 04_19_PhD_Trade_01

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