Postdoctoral Researcher (full-time) in Environmental Economics

Application Deadline: Jul 30, 2017
The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as
Postdoctoral Researcher (full-time)
in Environmental Economics

on a three year project in its research area “The Environment and Natural Resources”. Research activities in the research area focus on the allocation of environmental and natural resources. The research area analyses the interconnectedness of factors influencing this process by evaluating international and national aspects of environmental policy measures.
The project “VirtualWaterValues – Multi-scale Monitoring of Global Water Resources and Options for an Efficient and Sustainable Use” ( aims at generating information to support progress in achieving water-related goals of the Agenda 2030. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the research program “GROW – Global Resources Water” over a period of 3 years. As part of the team, the candidate will work in close collaboration with hydrologists, geographers, agricultural economists, environmental economists, computer scientists, and climate modelers of the IfW and six other research institutions in an inter- and transdisciplinary research project.
Working environment
The successful candidate will be part of a project team with several post-doctoral researchers and PhD-students. At the IfW, the successful candidate will join the research area “The Environment and Natural Resources”. Being internationally renowned in research and policy consulting, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy provides excellent support to potential candidates who are interested in developing their career in research and policy consulting.
Job description
Main tasks of this position include the further development the CGE model DART-BIO (Dynamic Applied Regional Trade) towards the explicit integration of water into the DART-BIO model, conducting the conceptual development of linking spatial water data with and integrating those into a numerical economic model, but also to interact with project partners and stakeholders over the course of the project.
We are looking for a candidate for the postdoctoral position who meets the following conditions:

  • She/he holds (or is close to completing) a doctorate degree in economics or a related field and has an excellent academic record.
  • The position’s primary focus will be on the application of the DART model. Thus, interest and experience in numerical modelling (using e.g. GAMS or MATLAB) is required. Knowledge of CGE modelling is of advantage.
  • Candidates should be interested in research on natural resource allocation. Prior knowledge of water allocation issues is an advantage.
  • The working language is English; excellent English skills are therefore required. Some knowledge of German would be useful, but is not essential.

The preferable contract period is three years (expected start October 1, 2017), it however depends on the individual qualification time according to (WissZeitVG § 2 Abs. 1 S. 2 and S. 3). The salary will be based on the German public sector pay scale at grade EG 14 TV L. The position is full-time, however part-time employment is possible.
The IfW is an equal opportunity employer and works individually with its staff to establish flexible working time schemes that allow staff members to maintain a good work-family balance and to parent their children optimally ( We are committed to employing persons with recognized disabilities and will therefore give them preference over persons without disabilities if they are equally qualified.
Please submit your application online by July 30, 2017, using your family name as the file name and the ID “ViWa_Postdoc_01”
Please include a letter of interest, your CV, transcripts of your academic record, an academic writing sample, and two letters of recommendation. Letters of reference may also be e-mailed under separate cover to
For information on the position in environmental economics, please contact Dr. Ruth Delzeit: or Franziska Schünemann Please visit our homepage at: