Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy is seeking four junior researchers (PhD students) in Economics, especially Technology and GrowthInternational Finance, and Development especially International Trade. These candidates will join the Kiel Institute Africa Initiative and conduct research on African economies. The doctoral students will initially receive a three-year, renewable, fixed term contract, They will become part of the research centers Innovation and International CompetitionInternational Finance and Macroeconomics, and International Development

Candidates should hold (or be close to completing) a Master’s degree or equivalent in economics or a closely related field (e.g., quantitative social sciences, econometrics). They should have excellent knowledge of statistics, econometrics, experience in relevant software (e.g., R and/or Stata), and be interested in applying these skills to conduct economics research on Africa. Previous knowledge of the above mentioned topics is an advantage but not mandatory. The working language in research at the Kiel Institute is English; excellent English skills are therefore required. Knowledge of German would be helpful but it is not required. The Kiel Institute provides excellent support to those interested in a career in research or policy consulting.

The positions will be based in Kiel. The contract is initially limited to 3 years (with the next possible starting date) according to the law on limited employment contracts in research (WissZeitVG). The salary is based on the German public sector pay scale (EG 13 TV-L, 75% FTE, currently 29,025 weekly working hours). For doctoral students, the Kiel Institute usually offers - if necessary – contract extensions to finish the dissertation within a maximum of four years. Ph.D. students will be expected to pursue a doctoral degree in economics. Kiel University runs a well-established Ph.D. program in “Quantitative Economics” ( that junior researchers at the Kiel Institute may join.

The Kiel Institute is an equal opportunity employer with a certified family-friendly policy. We promote the professional opportunities of women and strongly encourage them to apply. Women with equivalent qualifications, competence, and expertise will be given preference. We are committed to employing persons with recognized disabilities and will therefore give them preference over persons without disabilities if they are equally qualified.

Please submit your application online until 5th of May 2021, including a cover letter describing why you are interested in the position, your CV, transcripts of your academic record, an academic writing sample, and one or two references, using your family name as the file name (ID-No. “03_21_Africa”). Letters of reference may also be e-mailed under separate cover to

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