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Post-doctoral researcher in development economics with a focus on longitudinal data collection and analysis (f/m/d)
The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant, environmental and social sciences. IGZ is based in Großbeeren near Berlin and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts strategic and international research for the sustainable production and use of vegetables, contributing to food security, human well-being and the conservation of natural resources. At IGZ, researchers from different disciplines work together on core-funded and grant-funded projects, in collaboration with national and international research partners.
The research group "Economic Development and Food Security" in the programme area "Plant Quality and Food Security" at IGZ analyses the role of individuals, groups and institutions in creating, shaping and overcoming malnutrition and food insecurity and how food demand responds to rapidly changing institutions and environments. We do so collecting and analysing micro-level survey data, implementing impact evaluations and conducting behavioural experiments. We also build capacity, for example in the international expert network Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery (HG4RR), and promote inter-disciplinary research on economic development and food security, for example by co-hosting the annual Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS) and the Life in Kyrgyzstan Conferences (LiK). Our work hence uncovers how best to achieve food and nutritional security under challenging circumstances during socio-economic development.
Specifically, the research group pursues distinct work streams. First, we analyse how plant-based food value chains can adapt to produce more diverse, healthier diets, especially in times of climate change. Second, we investigate if and how interventions such as school and home gardens can strengthen economic development, gender equality, food and nutritional security in low income settings. Third, we study how consumers adapt their diets and related nutritional behaviours and preferences in rapidly changing food system.
To continue our work on plant-based food value chains collecting and analysing large scale longitudinal survey data, especially with the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study, we are looking for a
Post-doctoral researcher in development economics with a focus on longitudinal data collection and analysis (f,m,d)
Reference number: 12/2019/3
(Salary and benefits are according to public service regulations in Germany, E14 TV-L, salary domain Ost)
The successful candidate will
lead our research stream on plant-based food value chains
design, collect and analyse independently the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study data for coping strategies and welfare impacts at the individual and household levels
mobilise research funding, for example from the DFG, to extend the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study
design, collect and analyse other micro-level survey data and impact evaluations including randomized control trials on horticulture and food security
contribute to the design and writing of grant applications from donors like the DFG, EU and research foundations
present research findings at conferences and research seminars
co-organise the annual LEADS event
publish project results in leading journals in agricultural and development economics and in general-interest (multi-disciplinary) journals
interact with our academic and policy-oriented partners and collaborators
A PhD in development economics
An excellent academic record
Extensive experience in designing, collecting and analysing panel data in low income countries, preferably in Central Asia
Experience in international economic development, in particular at the micro level
Experience working on conflict-affected and fragile areas
Experience in working with panel data and impact evaluations
Excellent quantitative skills in advanced micro-econometric software like Stata and/or R
Experience in developing and writing grant proposals
An interest in horticultural production systems and processes
Excellent English and Russian communication skills
Additional language proficiency would be an advantage.
Employment for this position will be for three years. The preferred starting date is 1 June 2019.
A demanding job in an interdisciplinary environment
Support for developing your research profile
An attractive workplace in the Berlin area
Interested candidates should send a CV, a one-page statement of research interests and experience, copies of academic certificates and the names of two referees.
IGZ is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed preferentially. The IGZ wishes our staff to reflect the diversity
of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background.
Please send your application citing the reference number by 12/2019/3 of 31.03.2019 to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops,
Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online in pdf-format to firstname.lastname@example.org.