Doctoral Student (50%) in Development Economics/Political Economy



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The Chair of International and Development Politics (Prof. Axel Dreher) offers a position as

Doctoral Student (50%)

to be filled by January 1, 2021, or later

Job description: The doctoral student enters an interdisciplinary environment at the intersection of applied development economics and political science. Our areas of expertise include development economics, political economy, foreign aid, migration, and international organizations.

Job profile and requirements: We expect candidates to have an excellent university degree (master or equivalent, 1.5 or better on the German grading scale) in economics or political science with emphasis on applied methods. Proficiency in English in speaking and writing is essential (knowledge of German is helpful but not necessary). Excellent skills in econometrics are required. Knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS) software would be helpful.

We offer a three-year fixed-term contract, renewable for another two years. As a doctoral student, you are expected to write your dissertation in an area related to the research interests of the chair and contribute to the chair’s teaching activities (2 hours per week during term time). Participation in Ph.D. courses is expected (full-time during the first term). The salary is based on the collective bargaining agreement of the German federal states (TV-L E13).

Your application: Please e-mail your CV, transcripts, a letter in which you explain your interest in the position, and two letters of reference to:

Prof. Axel Dreher:

Applications are considered until the position is filled. We support the scientific career of women. Qualified women are therefore expressly encouraged to apply. Disabled applicants with equal qualifications and competence will be given preference. Please note that any printed documents submitted will not be returned. Also note that we cannot reimburse travel expenses related to job interviews.

For further information, please contact Prof. Axel Dreher ( or refer to

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