Post-doctoral researcher position: Modelling economic and environmental effects of trade in the global bioeconomy

The Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the Institute for Food and Resource Economics (ILR) at the University of Bonn invite applications for a full time postdoctoral researcher position in model-based trade and environmental policy analysis starting October 1st (2016) for 1 year and 8 months (extension for further qualification possible). The selected candidate will conduct research in the project “Sustainable trade and innovation transfer in the Bioeconomy” funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project aims at developing a better understanding of how and under what conditions bio-based transformation can lead to reducing the environmental footprint of the global bioeconomy with a particular focus on socio-economic and environmental effects in ecologically sensitive landscapes of the global South. Research will be conducted in collaboration with research groups at the University of Bonn, the NRW Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC) and international partners using existing global trade models, such as GTAP. A focus lies on spatially disaggregating land use impacts of global trade scenarios at subnational levels in selected regions in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America.


• Doctoral degree in economics, agricultural economics, or related fields

• Demonstrated modelling/programming skills, for example using GAMS, and experience working with Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) or environmentally extended MultiRegion Input-Output models.

• Willingness to engage in collaboration across scientific disciplines

• Excellent English oral and writing skills

• Good intercultural communication and teamwork skills.

Remuneration will be according to TV-L (E13) (German salary system for university-based researchers). Please send your letter of interest, a detailed resume, a relevant recent research product, and names and contact information of two academic references in a single PDF document by E-mail to Mr. James Henderson at:

Application deadline: Until position is filled

The Center for Development Research ( is an international and interdisciplinary academic research institute within the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Bonn, Germany. ZEF is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates. Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.