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The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development e.V. in Dresden advertises the following position at the earliest possible date as fixed-term work contract for three years:

Research Assistant (Doctoral Student) in

Sustainability Economics

TV-L E-13, (20 hours per week)

The Institute

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) is a member of the Leibniz Association and with over 120 employees the largest spatial development research institute in Germany. It carries out interdisciplinary research into issues of sustainable spatial development from an ecological perspective across all spatial scales. This involves the comprehensive analysis of current trends and dynamics, the assessment of impacts, and the investigation of responses in terms of societal behaviour and policy. The IOER addresses a wide array of questions of regional, urban and landscape development, as well as building and housing. Of central importance to its research work is the review and further development of the policies, strategies, instruments, methods and tools needed for implementation.

Position Description

We are looking for a research assistant to strengthen our economics team. The key tasks will be to formulate research questions related to current issues in sustainability economics, to develop economic models for investigating such questions, and to perform empirical analysis using collected data. The research should lead to academic publications.

The successful candidate must suggest a specific topic, which would be a starting point of his/her research. The candidate is expected to join the doctoral program at the economics department of the Technical University of Dresden in parallel to the position at the IOER.

Possible topics could be related to:

  • Sustainability transitions
  • Integrated ecological-economic modelling at the urban and regional scale
  • Individual-level economic instruments of GHG emissions reduction
  • Welfare and well-being measurement at the local and regional scale
  • Assessment of economic and ecological urban-rural linkages (e.g. with the help of regional input-output modelling)
  • Investigation of land use patterns and dynamics and of sustainable land use policy instruments
  • Regional economic impacts of policies related to sustainable management of natural resources
  • Other issues in the domain of sustainability economics

Expected skills and competences

We expect an above-average Diplom or Master degree in environmental, ecological, natural resource economics or related field. Good programming and mathematical skills are expected. Practical experience in economic modelling, econometrics, and spatial economic analysis would be of advantage.

The ability to work individually on own initiative as a part of a team, good presentation skills and excellent English language skills are essential. It is expected that the successful candidate is able to prioritise and to meet deadlines and has the willingness to improve German language skills (for foreign applicants).

The ambition for further qualification (doctorate) at the Economics Faculty of the Technical University of Dresden is a necessary condition.

The offers for the qualification (e.g. workshops on qualitative and quantitative methods, international summer schools), which are organized within the framework of the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School are to be taken advantage of.

Women are particularly invited to submit their applications. Applications of disabled persons with a comparable qualification will be considered as priority.

Please submit your complete application documents including a 2-page research proposal (exposé) using the keyword "FBW" until April 12, 2019 via email to

Frau Dr. Wendebaum: a.wendebaum[im]ioer.de

or together with a postpaid envelope to the following address:

Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung e.V.
Kennwort: FBW
Weberplatz 1, 01217 Dresden (Germany)



Dr. Andrea Wendebaum

Phone +49 351 46 79 213

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