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doctoral researcher (all genders welcome)

Einrichtung: Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development (ID 15089)

Ansprechpartner: Ms. Prof. Dr. Meike Wollni

Besetzungsdatum: 01.12.2020

Veröffentlichungsdatum: 16.07.2020

The Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at the University of Göttingen (Germany), Chair of Environmental and Resource Economics (Prof. Dr. M. Wollni), is recruiting a

doctoral researcher (all genders welcome)

in the field Agricultural/Environmental/Development Economics

The position will be limited for 3 years and has a tentative starting date of December 2020 or January 2021. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale (TVL-E13) with 65%, which corresponds to 25.87 working hours per week. The doctoral researcher will be associated with the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 990 “Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia)”, a large, interdisciplinary research project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Your duties
Rainforest areas in Indonesia have been subject to transformation towards more intensively managed land use systems including rubber and oil palm plantations. While this offers unique opportunities for local economic development, oil palm and rubber plantations often replace more complex land use systems like rubber agro-forest and forest that fulfill important ecosystem functions. The doctoral researcher will be part of the Scientific Project C08 “Designing effective policy instruments to induce sustainable land use” and conduct research related to the design of policy measures using survey and/or experimental methods.

Your tasks include:
- Design and implementation of field research (e.g. choice experiments, framed field experiments) in Sumatra, Indonesia;
- Empirical analysis of quantitative data using statistical and econometric methods;
- Active interaction with other researchers in the CRC 990 across disciplinary boundaries;
- Presentation and publication of research results;
- Limited teaching responsibilities

Your profile
- You hold a Master degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics or a related discipline
- You have a research focus on environmental and/or development economics
- You are able and willing to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration with other researchers of the CRC
- You are proficient in spoken and written English
- You are willing and able to work under field conditions in the tropics (Indonesia)
- Work experience in the tropics and strong quantitative research skills are a plus

The project will be based in Göttingen, but field work is done in Indonesia.

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 as they are underrepresented in this field. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored.

Please send your application containing the usual documents (motivation letter, full CV with the contact information of two referees, copies of university certificates and transcripts, and a 1-2 page summary of your Master thesis) in electronic form as a single pdf-file by August 31, 2020 to Ms. Torluccio (Email: ). If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Meike Wollni (Email:

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Please submit your application package only electronically via Email. After a holding period of three months, the documents will be destroyed.

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