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Head of a Junior Research Group

application deadline:
31 01 2017
Please submit application to:
buero [dot] praesidentin [at] wzb [dot] eu

The WZB Berlin Social Science Center is a publicly funded institute and member of the Leibniz Association. Research at WZB has a focus on problems of modern societies in a globalized world. It is theory-basedand empirical, characterized by practice orientation, international comparison, and often long-term perspective. 

In 2017, the WZB is setting up a new Junior Research Group in the field of behavioral economics in the WZB Research Area ‘Markets and Choice’.

The establishment of the group would give a recent post-doctoral researcher the opportunity to carry out independent research for five years and to gain qualifications in leadership and research management.

We would like to invite candidates with a recent doctorate in economics to apply for the position of:

Head of a Junior Research Group

with his or her own research project in the area of
applied microeconomics with a strong focus on
behavioral/experimental economics.

What we expect:

You have completed your PhD in economics with excellent results and have already gained initial experience as a post-doctoral researcher at an internationally renowned institution.

Your theoretically well-founded empirical/experimental research is expected to contribute to the international discourse in the field of applied microeconomics.

Your research project fits well in with the research program of the WZB Research Area II “Markets and Choice”, encompassing the research units of Steffen Huck and Dorothea Kübler as well as the research professorships of Dan Friedman (UCSC) and Andy Schotter (NYU).

You are prepared to develop and manage your own small research team and to assume responsibility for the supervision of the doctoral researcher(s) in your team.

What we offer:

The WZB will fund the successful applicant’s full position for five years (in accordance with the terms of the German public service remuneration group EG 14 TVöD).

Based on the project proposal, in-house applications for the funding of a team of up to two doctoral researchers (EG 13 TVöD, 65% positions) is possible, along with a small additional budget (for small workshops, travel, material etc.).

WZB offers support in the application process for external funding (for experiments, larger conferences, extended research stays, etc.).

Rooms, IT equipment and -support, and secretarial assistance will be provided by the WZB.

The supervision of team member(s) in the pre-doc stage should be combined with the course program of the Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics & Management Science (BDPEMS).

Preference will be given to disabled candidates with equal qualifications.

The WZB expressly invites women and persons with a migration background to apply for this position.

Further information about the advertised position of Head of a Junior Research Group will be provided on request by the Research Area II research manager (babette [dot] hagemann [at] wzb [dot] eu).

Please send your application comprising

  • a project outline (max. five pages), to include a presentation of the status of the research, its objectives, and description as well as the research approach, methods, and hypotheses adopted,
  • a curriculum vitae with a list of publications,
  • a copy of the PhD certificate,
  • and two references from scientists with a proven track record in the relevant field

to the following address in the form of a single PDF file by January 31, 2017:

President of the WZB Social Science Center
Prof. Jutta Allmendinger, Ph.D.
Reichpietschufer 50
D-10785 Berlin

buero [dot] praesidentin [at] wzb [dot] eu