Postdoctoral Position, 2018, Leibniz Institute, Halle, Germany


July 06, 2018


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The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) in Halle (Saale), Germany, invites applications for a Postdoc position (m/f)

Development and application of novel methods to study the occurrence and development of bioclusters in Europe

The post-doctoral researcher will work within the project: “The Role and Functions of Bioclusters in the Transition to a Bioeconomy” (TRAFOBIT), funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). TRAFOBIT investigates the role of so-called bioclusters in which businesses, governments, research institutes and universities work together with the aim to replace our current fossil based sources of carbon with renewable ones.

The TRAFOBIT project aims to explore the innovation and transition processes that occur inside bioclusters and the interaction of bioclusters at different societal levels: local, regional, national and international. The project holds an interdisciplinary perspective aiming to combine theoretical insights and methods from sociology, innovation science, economic geography, ecological economics and mathematics.


The post-doctoral researcher will develop and apply novel methods to study the occurrence and development of bioclusters within different European contexts. This means that he or she will:

  • Lead the efforts to identify and characterize different types of bioclusters based on their development phase, and their potential to generate radical innovations;
  • Offer methodological support of PhD students working within Trafobit.


  • Suitable candidates will have a PhD degree in economic geography, econometrics, innova-tion studies or related fields.
  • A strong publication record and the capacity to work in a multidisciplinary team are re-quired. 
  • Experience in working with large databases (like Amadeus) is considered an asset.
  • Proven familiarity with bioclusters, or the general concept of the bioeconomy is considered an asset.

Terms and conditions

The successful candidate will conduct his/her research at the IAMO department of Structural Development of Farms and Rural Areas in Halle (Saale). The salary is calculated according to TV-L 13 based on the full time basis. The position is for approximately 3 years and the preferred starting date is September 1st 2018.

IAMO ( is a public research institute that pursues basic and applied research in the field of agricultural economics and related fields. It is a member of the Leibniz Association, a German network of non-university research institutes. IAMO is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates. Physically handicapped persons with equal qualifications will be given preference. Generally part-time employment is an option.

Application Interested candidates should send a set of application documents in English that include:

  1. Letter of motivation (maximum 1 page);
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. Names and contact information of two academic referees.

This set of application documents should be sent by e-mail to Dr. Frans Hermans (hermans(at)

Closing date for the application is July 6th 2018.

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

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Publish Date
June 15, 2018
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