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Postdoctoral Research Fellow (m/f/d)

GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Location: Hamburg - Germany
Salary: Commensurate with TV-AVH / TVöD EG 13
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th January 2020
Expires: 10th March 2020
Job Ref: GIGA-20-02

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies / Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien is an independent social-science research institute based in Hamburg. It analyses political, social, and economic developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, and links this knowledge to questions of global significance. It combines region-specific analysis with innovative comparative research on accountability and participation, growth and development, peace and security, and power and ideas. The GIGA seeks to appoint a

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (m/f/d) 

Applications are invited for a full-time position starting as soon as possible, with a contract up to 4 years. The salary is commensurate with TV-AVH / TVöD EG 13. Employment is contingent on the award of third-party funding.

The research fellow will contribute to a project in the CRC 990 (Collaborative Research Center 990, EFForTS, that investigates the ecological-socioeconomic trade-offs in different land-use systems in Sumatra, Indonesia. Specifically, the project will (1) develop a comprehensive accounting framework (Environmental and Social Accounting Matrix) to aggregate, synthesise, and link existing and future EFForTS data on socio-economic and ecosystem functions at the level of a local rural economy, and (2) evaluate the effects of land-use change scenarios and policies (e.g. certifications schemes, land management regulations) on ecological and socio-economic functions and on the trade-offs between them. The research fellow will be based in Hamburg, but will travel to the University of Göttingen, where the CRC is based, frequently. Further, some field research in Indonesia may be required.

The successful candidate will

  • collaborate with the different teams of the CRC to establish an integrated socio-economic-ecological database,
  • analyse and compare Environmental and Social Accounting Matrices, e.g. by applying multiplier analyses,
  • pursue a targeted publication strategy,
  • be an active member of the GIGA, affiliated to the Research Programme “Growth and Development” and its Institute of Asian Studies
  • conduct research-based knowledge transfer. 

Your qualifications:

  • Outstanding doctorate in economics or agricultural economics (can be completed in the first year of this position)
  • Relevant academic record, experience in inter-disciplinary work
  • Knowledge on Indonesia and/or the relevant agro-ecological systems (oil palm, rubber) is an advantage
  • Excellent quantitative methodological skills, ideally relevant modelling experience
  • English-language proficiency

Part-time options will be considered, if so desired by the successful candidate. Diversity and the reconciliation of work and family life are of great importance to the institute. The GIGA promotes the equality of all genders.

Please fill out the GIGA application form (found at and send it with your full application (Ref.-No. GIGA-20-02) including relevant supporting documentation (CV, Master thesis, credentials/university records/diplomas/certificates) to:

Gabriele Tetzlaff, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies,

Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, 20354 Hamburg, Germany
(email applications are particularly welcome). 

Screening of applications will begin on 31 January 2020. 

For further information, please contact Prof Jann Lay (email:, phone: +49 (0)40 – 42825-763).

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