Postdoctoral Researcher in Productivity Dynamics and Growth (f/m/x, 100%) [2024-06]

The Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association is seeking qualified candidates to fill two positions at the rank of Postdoctoral Researcher in Productivity Dynamics and Growth (f/m/x, 100%, JEL Classification: L, M, O).

Successful candidates will be assigned to the Competitiveness Research Network (CompNet) that is part of the IWH Department of Structural Change and Productivity, starting at the earliest possible date.

Deadline: April 15, 2024

We expect the candidate to possess an excellent research profile in microeconomic productivity research using the latest theoretical and/or quantitative methods. The successful candidate will be expected to further develop the productivity hub at IWH consisting of excellent international networks such as CompNet or Microprod. A profile geared towards resource (re-)allocation on labour and capital markets and the micro foundations of growth as well as a close cooperation with the IWH research group led by Professor Javier Miranda, Professor Ufuk Akcigit and Professor Eric Bartelsman are of particular interest. The contract is initially for two years – conversion to a permanent position is a possibility. The main office will be in Halle (Saale).

The candidate has a willingness to work in a highly dynamic environment, and to cooperate with national productivity boards and high-profile policy institutions (e.g. European Commission) across Europe. They will help manage the development and maintenance of CompNet and Microprod and help coordinate the activities of a team of Master and PhD students. Leadership skills and experience in (co-)supervision of PhD students are advantages.

What we offer

The Halle Institute for Economic Research is connected to a large community of international scientists, research departments, and policy institutions and, through that, promotes a flourishing environment that directly connects our research on European firm and market performance to actual policy questions within leading European policy institutions.

Your profile/Your motivation

You hold a high-quality doctoral degree in economics or are close to completing it. You have a sound background in applied econometrics. We value good knowledge of relevant firm micro data. You have a strong interest in applying empirical economics to policy-relevant research questions.

Further information

The IWH considers itself a family-friendly employer that guarantees equal opportunities. Remuneration and benefits correspond to the German public sector salary scheme (up to pay group 13 Tarifvertrag der Länder, TV-L).

We highly appreciate diversity and are thus pleased to receive any application ‒ irrespective of gender, nationality, disability, or ethnic and social background. Applications from disabled persons will be given priority in the case of equal suitability, ability and professional expertise. Please indicate a severe disability in your application. The IWH aims to increase the proportion of female researchers and specifically encourages women to apply. The hiring committee will conduct a first set of interviews online.

Application procedure

We will review applications on an ongoing basis until the closure of this vacancy on April 15, 2024. We recommend to send your application until March 15, 2024, to be considered for the first round of interviews. Your application should include your CV, list of publications, references, teaching experience and evaluation, list of conference talks and successfully acquired third-party funds. Please address it with indication 2024-06 and submit it electronically in a single pdf file to For inquiries, please contact Javier Miranda (

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