Empirical economist as a post-doctoral researcher

Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy (1129877)

We are a research institute of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science. The Munich Center for Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy studies, evaluates, anticipates and accompanies the micro- and macro­economic aspects of demographic change. For our research unit “Life-Cycle Decisions”, we are looking for an


Empirical economist as a post-doctoral researcher

with a sound knowledge of econometric theory and methods.

You will start as soon as possible and the initial employment contract will be for two years. An extension is intended.


Your Projects

You will work on empirical research questions concerning life-cycle time decisions of individuals such as: education, savings, labor market participation, retirement, and their impact on wealth, health and the need for long-term care, based on models that include time-inconsistent behavior. The analysis of the impact of policy reforms, in particular on inequality, will be the core of your research. You will use different worldwide databases, especially the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE).


Your Profile

  • Ph.D. in economics or close to finishing your Ph.D.,
  • Strong interest in public economics and economic policy analysis,
  • Profound knowledge of advanced econometrics and causal inference methods,
  • Programming experience in STATA,
  • Fluency in English is required.


Our offer

We are an open-minded, motivated team of young researchers. We offer a stimulating research environment with excellent contacts in our international research networks. Further studies towards postdoctoral qualification are welcome and explicitly supported.    The compensation will be in accordance with TVöD and the relevant experience of the candidate (“Entgeltgruppe 13”). The place of employment is Munich.

The Max Planck Society wants to increase its proportion of female staff in those areas where women are underrepresented. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply. The Max Planck Society strives to employ more disabled persons. Applications of disabled persons are therefore especially welcome.

For questions, please refer to Dr. Irene Ferrari (ferrari@mea.mpisoc.mpg.de) or to Dr. Duarte Nuno Leite (semedo-leite@mea.mpisoc.mpg.de). Your electronic application should include:

  • CV,
  • a cover letter detailing your research interests,
  • a list of references,
  • a paper that best describes your research,
  • and academic transcripts

Please send your electronic application in one single pdf file before March 15, 2019 stating reference number 03-19 to hr@mpisoc.mpg.de.


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