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Two Researchers (m/f, PhD positions)

Posted on: 
Apr 13, 2017
Application Deadline: 
May 12, 2017

Type of position

Faculty PhD Candidate


Tulpenfeld 6
53113 Bonn

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading research institutes on development policy. Through excellent research, policy advice and training, the Institute contributes to finding solutions to global challenges.

Department II “Sustainable Economic and Social Development” is seeking

Two Researchers (m/f, PhD positions)

Part time 65%/ up to 27,3 hours/week,

Salary from € 30.000 p.a. up to € 35.000 p.a. depending on qualifications

(German public sector tariff, EG TVöD 13)

Position Nr. 2017-II-01

Subject to final approval of funds, the position may be filled as of 01 July 2017 and is limited to four years with a possible extension of five years.

The researchers will carry out research and policy advice in the interdisciplinary research group „Sustainable Middle Classes in Middle Income Countries: Transforming Carbon Consumption Patterns“, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. They contribute to the development of the project’s conceptual and methodological frameworks to analyze consumer behavior of the growing middle classes in developing countries, and each conduct household surveys and qualitative case studies in Ghana, Peru or the Philippines. The sought-after researchers will be charged with the collaboration with the local research partners and will produce joint publications and policy advice products with them. Furthermore, they will contribute to the organization of project workshops and the communication to relevant target groups.

The researchers will pursue a PhD thesis within the project and will be part of the regular institutional life.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • One person with a Master with very good grades in development economics and/or behavioral economics;
  • One person with a Master with very good grades in psychology with a focus on social psychology;
  • Proven knowledge and experience with quantitative methods, knowledge of experimental methods and first experience with qualitative methods are an asset;
  • Research or work experience in developing countries is an asset;
  • Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team and proven organizational skills;
  • Fluent written and spoken English, good knowledge of Spanish is an asset;
  • Willingness and aptness to travel abroad, including countries with a tropical climate („Tropentauglichkeit“).

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) offers an inspiring, family-friendly working environment at the interface of research and policy advice, with ample opportunities to engage in scientific debates, international discussions and political processes.

As the DIE is committed to increasing the share of female staff members, women are particularly encouraged to apply. In the case of equal qualification, physically challenged persons will be given preference.

For further questions, please contact Dr. Babette Never.

When applying, please note the position number 2017-II-01. Applications, also possible by E-Mail, including all necessary documents (motivation letter, CV, relevant certificates), should be submitted by 12 May 2017 at:

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn/Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)228 94927-0  |

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