Jobs / PhD students

Open positions

We have position openings for 15 Doctoral Researchers in Food Systems Economics. The positions should be filled by 1 September 2024. The application deadline is 20 March 2024. Further details can be found here regarding the application process and material. For questions regarding your application and the positions please see the FAQ page before reaching out via email.

General structure

The RTG is generally organized in cohorts of doctoral researchers (i.e. PhD students), of 36 months per cohort funded by the DFG. The first cohort has started 1 September 2021. The starting date of the second cohort will be 1 September 2024. Besides the PhD students, two Postdocs are also members of the RTG.
In addition to funded positions, we welcome PhD students (and Postdocs) with own funding or scholarships (e.g. from DAAD) who are interested and qualified to work on topics related to Sustainable Food Systems. The starting date for these scholarship positions is flexible, i.e. could be any time. For details on the different categories please see below.

  • We currently have no opening for funded Postdoc positions. The job openings for new postdocs will be around late 2024 or early 2025.
  • However, we welcome Postdocs with own funding such as scholarships (e.g. from DAAD) who are interested and qualified to work on topics related to Sustainable Food Systems. Please see below for details (similar procedure as for PhD students with own funding)


We have position openings for PhD students and welcome applications, namely:

  • We have 15 Doctoral Researchers positions in Food Systems Economics.
  • The positions should be filled by 1 September 2024.
  • The application deadline is 20 March 2024.
  • Further details can be found here regarding the application process and material .
  • For questions regarding your application and the positions please see the FAQ page before reaching out via email.
  • Besides funded positions, we welcome PhD students with own funding such as scholarships (e.g. from DAAD) who are interested and qualified to work on topics related to Sustainable Food Systems. Please see below for details.


In addition to funded positions, we welcome PhD students (and Postdocs) with own funding or scholarships (e.g. from DAAD) who are interested and qualified to work on topics related to Sustainable Food Systems.

  • Note that you should have an outstanding Master’s degree (or equivalent) in food and agricultural economics, development economics, general economics, sustainability studies, (food) marketing, or related social sciences disciplines, strong analytical skills, experience with relevant statistical methods, proven interest in topics related to sustainable food systems, strong computer skills, and excellent command of the English language. We also expect SustainableFood members to be active team players in the RTG.
  • If this is the case, you have to contact the professor individually and directly with whom you would like to work, not the coordination office. Please take a look at the professors involved as principal investigators and their subprojects within the RTG.
  • Please do not contact the coordination office directly.

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 Sustainable Food Systems. We recommend to submit them as a single PDF. Only after having found a professor who has agreed to become your supverisor, your supervisor can start the process to integrate you into the RTG.

  • 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 Bachelor and Master degree. or equivalent). Provide a copy of the original and an English translation if documents are not in English or German. If the Master program 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, high school leaving certificate, or alike).
  • Proof of English language skills: Certificate (if mother tongue or language of instruction at university was other than English) or provide explanation (if mother tongue or language of instruction at university was English).
  • Abstract (max 250 words) of last thesis written (Bachelor or Master 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.

The procedure mentioned above holds for postdocs similarly.


We currently have no open positions. However, we always welcome spontaneous applications. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file in English language and include

  • CV (including information on knowledge of statistical and other software and languages) in English
  • A cover letter emphasizing relevant skills, experiences and interests (in English) with student's availibility in terms of monthly working hours
  • Transcript of records (for Bachelor students: of ongoing program; for Master students: of completed Bachelor and ongoing Master program)

Only students currently enrolled in a Bachelor or Master program in Göttingen in subjects related to the RTG topics qualify as applicants. It is not possible to do a PhD on such a position.


RTG 2654: Sustainable Food Systems

Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Meike Wollni

Vice Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Tobias Plieninger


Coordination Office
Dr. Melanie Grosse
Heinrich-Düker-Weg 12
D-37073 Göttingen
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 20202
Email: mgrosse@uni-goettingen.de