PhD Position in the Political-Economic Analysis of the EU Agricultural Policy, Germany

Publish Date: Jan 26, 2016

Deadline: Feb 28, 2016

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

PhD position in the political-economic analysis of the EU agricultural policy for a period of 36 months. The position is to be filled in April 2016, or later.

The successful candidate will conduct his/her PhD in the department of External Environment for Agriculture and Policy Analysis under the supervision of Professor Dr. Thomas Herzfeld. The research shall improve the understanding of the formation of agricultural policies at the EU level and their implementation through EU member states. The explanation of the emerging renationalization of the Common Agricultural Policy and the determinants of EU member states’ choices of specific policy instruments like coupled payments, top-up payments or cultivation restrictions are of special interest.

We expect:

  1. MSc. degree or equivalent in agricultural economics, economics or political sciences;
  2. Interest in microeconomic and econometric analysis;
  3. Proven experience in planning, designing and implementing field research and data analysis;
  4. Flexibility and interest in primary data collection;
  5. Individual commitment to research;
  6. Fluency in English reading, writing and presentation;
  7. Communicability, openness and integration into team work;

We offer:

  1. A unique research and qualification opportunity within a team of young scientists;
  2. Participation in the German Doctoral Certificate Programme in Agricultural Economics ( with teaching in English language;
  3. Support to organization and collection of relevant data;
  4. Support to model development, data analysis, simulations and thesis write-up;
  5. Financial support to participation in international and regional academic conferences;
  6. Support to the preparation of publications for topical peer-reviewed journals.

The successful candidate will become a member of the IAMO Graduate School and apply for a doctoral degree from Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. During the analysis and writing-up period of the dissertation, the doctoral student will be based at IAMO in Halle (Saale). The position is fully financed according to the German TV-L payment scheme scale E13 (65%) and is foreseen for 36 months. IAMO is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates. Physically handicapped persons with equal qualifications will be given preference.

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

  1. Letter of motivation (maximum 1 page);
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. Copies of all relevant transcripts and certificates of bachelor, master or equivalent courses as well as English language certificates, if the MSc thesis was not written in English;
  4. Research concept on the proposed topic with the suggestion of objectives and methodology (maximum 2 pages);
  5. Names and contact information of two academic referees.

This set of application documents should be sent by e-mail as a single pdf-file to Prof. Dr. Thomas Herzfeld ( Applicants are requested to also submit electronic copies of their master/diploma thesis and (co-)authored scientific publications, if available.

IAMO is a public research institute that pursues basic and applied research in the field of agricultural economics. It is a member of the Leibniz Association, a German network of non-university research institutes.

Closing date for the application is February 28, 2016. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview via email.

Contact address:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Herzfeld
Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)
Theodor-Lieser-Straße 2
06120 Halle (Saale)

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