RTG 1666: Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems

Jobs / PhD

***Postdoc position openings***

The Georg-August-Universität Göttingen announces a vacancy for a

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Agricultural / Development Economics

to join the Research Training Group (RTG) 1666 'Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems' (GlobalFood).

The position is immediately available and shall be filled as soon as possible (exact timing is somewhat flexible). The contract will have a duration until 31 March 2020, which is when the funding for the GlobalFood Program ends. The salary level is in accordance with the German public service salary scale TVL E13 (100%, full time position, 39.8 hours per week). The position is focused on research and has no regular teaching obligations.

The RTG GlobalFood focuses on restructuring agricultural markets, including the growing role of international food standards, changing consumer preferences, and the rapid expansion of supermarkets. RTG researchers analyze the implications for supply chain governance, international trade flows, and impacts on rural poverty and food security in developing countries. The RTG is carried out in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Further details about the RTG are available under www.uni-goettingen.de/globalfood. The postdoc will integrate into the team and carry out innovative research in relevant fields. Specific questions can be addressed to Prof. Matin Qaim (mqaim@uni-goettingen.de). The position is based in Göttingen (Germany), but may require international travel for data collection and exchange with collaborators. As part of our work-life-balance strategy, financial support for childcare costs during travel is possible.

Successful candidates for this position will have at least a Master degree (PhD degree preferred) in agricultural economics, development economics, or a related discipline, strong analytical skills, experience with quantitative research methods, proven interest in topics relevant to GlobalFood research, and excellent command of the English language. Experience with data collection in an international context will be a plus.

The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Application documents should include: a cover letter, CV, publication record, a short (up to two pages) description of a research idea with relevance to the position, full academic record (PhD certificate if degree completed, Master and Bachelor certificates and transcripts), a recent own article, and names and contact details of two academic references.

Screening of applications will start on 22 January 2018 and will end when the position is filled. Please submit your application using the Online Application Portal. Your electronic documents will be deleted after a period of three months.

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Melanie Grosse (mgrosse@uni-goettingen.de, Phone: +49 (0)551 39 20202).

You can download the job opening as PDF here: English Version or German Version

Applications are only possible using the Online Application Portal:

***PhD position openings***

We currently have no opening for funded PhD positions.

However, we welcome PhD students with own scholarships who are interested and qualified to work on topics related to GlobalFood. Note that you should have an outstanding degree (Master/Diploma) in agricultural economics, agribusiness, development economics, general economics, or a closely related discipline. If this is the case, you should contact the professor individually and directly with whom you would like to work. You can find the overview online:

Recommended documents for PhD students with own funding

The following documents and information are recommended if you have your own scholarship and plan to work on topics related to GlobalFood. We recommend to submit them as a single PDF.

  • Motivation letter (max 400 words), indicating your specific interest in the RTG and highlighting your personal strengths for the position.
  • Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications (if any) and experience with statistical software.
  • Full academic record (Certificates + Transcript of record of B.Sc. + M.Sc. or equivalent). Provide a copy of the original and an English translation if documents are not in English or German. If M.Sc. is still ongoing, provide an overview of grades.
  • Certificate and Transcript of record of final secondary-school examination (A-Level, Abitur, European Baccalaureate or equivalent).
  • Proof of English language skills: certificate (if language of instruction at university was other than English) or provide explanation (if language of instruction at university was English). The University accepts the following proofs:
  • Abstract (max 250 words) of last thesis written (B.Sc. or M.Sc. or equivalent), including thesis title.
  • One recent writing sample (for example working paper, full thesis).
  • Names and full contact details (incl. phone and email) of two academic reference persons.

***Student research assistant positions***
The RTG 1666 has currently no open positions. However, we welcome spontaneous applications. They should be submitted as a single PDF file in English language and include (i) CV (including information on knowledge of statistical and other software and languages), (ii) transcript of records of previous studies and grade overview of ongoing study program, (iii) motivation letter.