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Junior Researcher

Economics of Trade

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) seeks a

Junior Researcher (PhD student)

in the Economics of Trade (75% of FTE)


With support from the DLR Project Management Agency (www.dlr.de), we are about to begin the three-year project ROCHADE “Mitigation Policies in a Globalized and Developing World: The Role of Structural Change and Distributional Effects” which aims to investigate development and distributional trade-offs of climate policies.

Together with our research partners (Potsdam Institute for climate Impact Research PIK, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change MCC and the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade at the Leibniz University Hannover LUH) we will study the interaction of climate mitigation policy and climate change effects in the agricultural sector with structural change, that is, the transformation from an agriculture-based economy via an industry-, towards a services- and knowledge-based economy, focusing on India and Germany.

In particular the Kiel Institute will study how climate-induced yield changes in the agricultural sector affect the sectoral specialization patterns across and within countries and how these are mitigated by the regulation of international trade.

The successful candidate will work directly under the supervision of Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr and will liaise with the well-established research area The Environment and Natural Resources at the Kiel Institute. Furthermore, she/he will be part of a project team with several post-doctoral researchers distributed across the four partner institutes.

The successful candidate is expected to pursue a PhD degree in economics of trade and/or environmental economics. Kiel University runs a well-established PhD program in quantitative economics (https://www.quantitative-economics.uni-kiel.de/en) 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 the trade theory. The working language of the project is English; excellent 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 May 2019; 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 (https://www.ifw-kiel.de/institute/working-at-the-kiel-institute/equal-opportunity/). 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 19th of April 2019 (ID-No. “03_19_PhD_Rochade_01”) including a letter of interest, CV, an academic writing sample, and two letters of recommendation, using your family name as the file name.

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At a glance

  • 75% of a full-time position
  • The salary is based on the German public sector pay scale (EG 13 TV-L).
  • ID-No: 03_19_PhD_Rochade_01
  • Deadline for applications is 19th of April 2019

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