Postdoc in Experimental Economics

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Applications are invited for a full-time post-doctoral researcher position at the Department of Economics at Heidelberg University. The postdoc will be affiliated with the Research Center for Environmental Economics and carry out and publish research on the economics of monitoring and enforcement in international climate agreements. The position is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the COMPLIANCE project and is funded until September 2021.  The intended start date as soon as possible.

This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a distinguished research team composed of researchers at Heidelberg, Mannheim, and Kassel. In COMPLIANCE, experimental and empirical economists jointly investigate how effective monitoring and enforcement regimes can arise out of international negotiations and how institutions can be designed to make these regimes as successful as possible.

You will conduct, together with the principal investigators and guided by a distinguished panel of international experts, pioneering research on the determinants of successful monitoring and enforcement regimes in climate treaties. As a research economist, you will have the opportunity to work with a wide array of external, international partners.


  • Composition and publishing of high-quality academic papers on project results.
  • Econometric analysis of existing international treaty data.
  • Development of theoretical models of monitoring and enforcement in international treaties.
  • Design, implementation, and evaluation of laboratory experiments.
  • Collaboration with project researchers.
  • Liaising with project partners, end-user community, advisory board, and project sponsor.
  • Management of research assistants.
  • Contributions to management, communication, and dissemination.
  • Proposal and project report writing.
  • Teaching duties of one to two hours per week during term time.



Candidates should have, or be about to receive, a PhD in Economics, be enthusiastic about intellectual challenges in applied theory and experimental economics, and

  • Possess demonstrable experience in designing, executing, and analyzing  laboratory experiments;
  • Have research experience in applied theory, ideally in applied microeconomics, game theory, and/or environmental economics
  • Have experience in conducting, analyzing, and interpreting empirical data;
  • Have an excellent command of English. A working knowledge of German would be a plus.

Remuneration is according to the TVL-13 scale.

To apply, send your application to as a single pdf file containing (1) a letter of motivation, (2) a current CV, and (3) a writing sample. Include at least two letters of recommendation in your file or instruct your referees to send them before the deadline to the email address above.  

The closing date for application is May 30, 2019.

For informal inquiries, contact Prof. Timo Goeschl at

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