PhD Student (Doctoral Researcher, 100%) (f/m/d)

The Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association is offering a PhD Student (Doctoral Researcher, 100%) (f/m/d) assigned to the Department of Structural Change and Productivity and IWH’s Competitiveness Research Network (CompNet) group, starting at the earliest possible date. IWH is a leading economics institute with a focus on productivity research and a strong international perspective. CompNet is a research network covering researchers from the European System of Central Banks, the EU Commission and National Statistical Institutes of EU member states, as well as a number of distinguished scholars from world-leading academic institutions and international organisations. CompNet studies cross-country competitiveness while assuming that competitiveness originates, ultimately, at the micro-level.

The position is initially offered for two years but an extension by two additional years is intended. It is considered suitable for part-time work. The place of employment is Halle (Saale), Germany.   

deadline: June 27, 2019

What we offer

You will be part of a dynamic international team of economists regularly publishing its work in renowned international journals. You will find a well-equipped research infrastructure and an open-minded and cooperative working environment. The Halle Institute for Economic Research is closely linked with the national and international scientific community and offers excellent opportunities to gain academic qualifications. In particular, both CompNet and the EU-funded and IWH-led Horizon 2020 project MICROPROD ( provide plenty of opportunity to interact with excellent international scholars and leading European policy institutions. You will be given the opportunity to obtain a PhD.

What we expect

You hold a high-quality master’s degree in economics or related fields and have a solid background in microeconometrics. Ideally, you have some experience with empirical work and feel comfortable with programming languages like Stata or R. You have a strong interest in empirical productivity research. You possess the skills to present complex questions in English and you work independently and well organised. You are open to get in touch with the national and international scientific community and to cooperate with IWH researchers. Your main area of work will be in the CompNet group, which encompasses both empirical research and contributing to running the CompNet project. Participation in the IWH Doctoral Program in Economics (IWH-DPE) and the Central-German Doctoral Program in Economics (CGDE), which IWH organises jointly with neighboring universities, is obligatory.

Further information

IWH considers itself a family-friendly employer that guarantees equal opportunities for women and men and hereby strongly encourages women to apply for this position.

Remuneration and benefits correspond to the German public sector salary scheme (up to pay group 13 Tarifvertrag der Länder, TV-L).

Candidates with disabilities and their peers are encouraged to indicate a severe disability in their application.

 Application procedure

Your resume and CV with evidence of all qualifications should be addressed with indication 2019-04 by June 27, 2019 electronically in a single pdf file to For administrative inquiries, please contact Ms. Kristin Hüttner (, Tel +49 345 7753 831).

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