Faculty/PhD Candidate, The Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) is searching for a junior researcher specializing in environmental economics beginning in November 2017.

Ph.D. Student in Environmental and International Economics (EG 13, 75% of FTE)

The research position is part of a wider initiative, the Kiel Centre for Globalization (KCG). The KCG is a 2.2 million initiative by the Christian-Albrechts-University (CAU) Kiel and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), funded by the Leibniz Association and the State Government of Schleswig-Holstein. The KCG focuses on evaluating global supply chains as an important aspect of globalization. It consists of four research teams that will analyze the relocation of production activities around the globe applying insights from the fields of Economics, Ethics and Management Science. It is envisaged that KCG senior and junior researchers located at the CAU Kiel and the IfW will interact with each other intensively.

For further information on the KCG, see

http://www.uni-kiel.de/pressemeldungen/index.php?pmid=2016-073-kcg&lang=en (in English) and https://www.ifw-kiel.de/medien/medieninformationen/2016/neuer-leibniz-wissenschaftscampus-zur-globalisierung (in German).

The successful candidate will work in KCG project #2 led by Aoife Hanley (IfW) and Katrin Rehdanz (CAU and IfW), aiming at investigating the relationship between global value chains and green innovation as well as the effect of globalization on firms’ energy use and emissions. The position will be allotted to the IfW research area “Global Division of Labor” headed by the speaker of the KCG, Holger Görg.

The successful candidate is expected to pursue a PhD. in Kiel’s Quantitative Economics program (see https://www.quantitative-economics.uni-kiel.de/en). The position has a three year term and the salary is according to the German public sector pay scale at grade TV-L13 (75% of FTE).

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) is an international center for research in Global Economic Affairs, Economic Policy Consulting, Economic Education and one of the leading and one of Germany’s most reputed think-tanks and economic research institutes.

Kiel city is located on the Baltic Sea within easy distance of Hamburg and Berlin, and with strong historic ties to Denmark. Kiel is Germany’s sailing capital and acts as an important shipping gateway to Scandinavia. The city and its surrounds boast a high quality of life and moderate living costs.


Candidates should hold or be close to completing a Master’s degree in economics or a closely related subject. They are expected to possess excellent academic records and be familiar with theoretical modelling or/and relevant empirical methods. Experiencing in working with large data sets would be a plus. Candidates are expected to be fluent in German and English.


Applications must contain the following items:

  1. A cover letter (maximum two pages) describing the candidates’ academic background, research interests and motivation for applying.
  2. A detailed curriculum vitae, including the names, addresses, telephone numbers and emails of three reference persons.
  3. At least two reference letters.
  4. Degree certificates, grade transcripts, and, if available, GRE or GMAT scores.

Candidates need to submit their application documents with their family names as the file names online by 03.11.2017 (ID-Nr. „Globalization-03“) (https://www.ifw-kiel.de/about-us/job-vacancies/Application_Form). The submission of an application photo is expressly waived.

IfW is an equal opportunity employer. Women with equivalent qualifications, competence and expertise will be given preference. We therefore strongly encourage women with appropriate qualifications to apply for the positions.

The IfW works individually with its staff to establish flexible working time schemes that allow staff members to maintain a good work-family balance (http://www.ifw-kiel.de/about-us/equal-opportunity-at-the-kiel-institute/).

IfW is committed to employing persons with recognized disabilities and will therefore give such individuals preference over persons without disabilities if they are equally qualified.

For information, please contact Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz ( ) or Prof. Aoife Hanley, PhD ( ).