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Leib­niz-Insti­tut für Gemüse- und Zier­pflan­zen­bau Groß­bee­ren/Erfurt e.V.

The Leib­niz-Insti­tute of Veget­able and Orna­mental Crops (IGZ) aims for excel­lence in hor­ti­cul­tural research and related plant, envir­on­mental, nutri­tional and social sci­ences. IGZ is based in Groß­beeren close to Ber­lin and is a mem­ber of the Leib­niz Asso­ci­ation (WGL). IGZ con­ducts stra­tegic and inter­na­tional research for the sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion and use of veget­ables, con­trib­ut­ing to food secur­ity, human well-being and the con­ser­va­tion of nat­ural resources. At IGZ, research­ers from dif­fer­ent dis­cip­lines work together on core-fun­ded and grant-fun­ded pro­jects, in col­lab­or­a­tion with national and inter­na­tional research part­ners.

The research group “Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment and Food Secur­ity” in the pro­gramme area “Plant Qual­ity and Food Secur­ity” at IGZ ana­lyses the role of indi­vidu­als, groups and insti­tu­tions in cre­at­ing, shap­ing and over­com­ing mal­nu­tri­tion and food insec­ur­ity and how food demand responds to rap­idly chan­ging insti­tu­tions and envir­on­ments. We do so by col­lect­ing and ana­lys­ing micro-level sur­vey data (for example as part of the Life with Corona con­sor­tium), imple­ment­ing impact eval­u­ations and con­duct­ing beha­vi­oural exper­i­ments. We also build capa­city, for example in the inter­na­tional expert net­work Home Gar­dens for Resi­li­ence and Recov­ery (HG4RR), and pro­mote inter-dis­cip­lin­ary research on eco­nomic devel­op­ment and food secur­ity, for example by co-host­ing the annual Leib­niz Envir­on­ment and Devel­op­ment Sym­posium (LEADS) and the annual Life in Kyrgyz­stan Con­fer­ence (LiK). Our work hence uncov­ers how best to achieve food secur­ity under chal­len­ging cir­cum­stances dur­ing socio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment.

The research group “Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment and Food Secur­ity” leads the social sci­ence work pro­gramme of the pro­ject Food4Future (F4F), which is fun­ded by the Ger­man Fed­eral Min­istry of Research and Edu­ca­tion (BMBF) under its call “Agri­cul­tural Sys­tems of the Future”. The F4F pro­ject is based on a novel and rad­ical approach: We pos­tu­late that two mega trends, namely “Designed Food” and “Nat­ural Food”, may act as “cre­at­ive dis­rupters” which will not only dom­in­ate future diets but also replace tra­di­tional agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion. This will be done against the back­ground of two pro­found scen­arios, namely “No Land” and “No Trade”. Chal­lenged by these extreme set­tings, the over­all object­ive of the F4F pro­ject is to develop innov­at­ive solu­tions in the food and agro-sec­tor for the sus­tain­able secur­ing of adequate and healthy nutri­tion. As part of a lar­ger social sci­ence work stream, the research group will con­trib­ute a series of beha­vi­oural exper­i­ments to the F4F pro­ject test­ing how con­sumers react to extreme and rap­idly chan­ging insti­tu­tions and envir­on­ments.

To under­take the micro-eco­nomic research in this pro­ject, we are look­ing for a

Post-doc­toral researcher in agri­cul­tural or devel­op­ment eco­nom­ics (f,m,d)

Ref­er­ence num­ber: 12/2021/3

Working field:

Salary and bene­fits are accord­ing to pub­lic ser­vice reg­u­la­tions in Ger­many, up to EG 13 TV-L, full time.

Employ­ment for this pos­i­tion will be avail­able from 1 Novem­ber 2021 until 29 Feb­ru­ary 2024.

The suc­cess­ful can­did­ate will:
  • con­duct and ana­lyse online sur­veys and beha­vi­oural exper­i­ments on food demand and con­sumer beha­viour under rap­idly chan­ging and extreme insti­tu­tional and envir­on­mental cir­cum­stances;
  • con­trib­ute to the other aca­demic activ­it­ies of the research group;
  • lead the design and writ­ing of grant applic­a­tions from donors like the DFG, EU and research found­a­tions;
  • present research find­ings intern­ally and extern­ally at con­fer­ences and research sem­inars;
  • co-organ­ise the annual LEADS (Leib­niz Envir­on­ment & Devel­op­ment Sym­posium) event;
  • pub­lish pro­ject res­ults in lead­ing journ­als in beha­vi­oural, agri­cul­tural and devel­op­ment eco­nom­ics and in gen­eral-interest (multi-dis­cip­lin­ary) journ­als;
  • co-super­vise junior research­ers; and
  • inter­act with our aca­demic and policy-ori­ented part­ners and col­lab­or­at­ors.

Requirements:

We expect:
  • a (near) com­pleted PhD in agri­cul­tural or devel­op­ment eco­nom­ics;
  • an excel­lent aca­demic record, includ­ing peer reviewed pub­lic­a­tions;
  • proven exper­i­ence con­duct­ing online sur­veys and/or beha­vi­oural exper­i­ments;
  • long-term exper­i­ence in inter­na­tional eco­nomic devel­op­ment, in par­tic­u­lar at the micro level;
  • excel­lent quant­it­at­ive skills in advanced micro-eco­no­met­ric soft­ware like Stata and/or R;
  • exper­i­ence in devel­op­ing and writ­ing grant pro­pos­als;
  • an interest in hor­ti­cul­tural pro­duc­tion sys­tems and pro­cesses;
  • excel­lent Eng­lish com­mu­nic­a­tion skills; and
  • addi­tional lan­guage pro­fi­ciency would be an advant­age.

What we offer:

  • a stim­u­lat­ing job in an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research envir­on­ment;
  • extens­ive sup­port for postdoc­toral research­ers; and
  • an attract­ive work­place in the Ber­lin area.

Inter­ested can­did­ates should send a cover let­ter research interests and exper­i­ence, a detailed CV, cop­ies of high-school and aca­demic cer­ti­fic­ates and the names of two ref­er­ees.

Con­tact: Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück, Head of the Research Group “Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment and Food Secur­ity” (brueck@igzev.de, www.igzev.de).

We encour­age a healthy work-life bal­ance. The IGZ attaches great import­ance to equal oppor­tun­it­ies. Applic­ants with dis­ab­il­it­ies will be given pref­er­ence in case of equal qual­i­fic­a­tions. The IGZ embraces diversity in its work­force, and wel­comes applic­a­tions from all qual­i­fied can­did­ates, irre­spect­ive of age, gender, sexual ori­ent­a­tion, reli­gion, belief or eth­nic ori­gin. In an effort to increase the pro­por­tion of female employ­ees in this area, we spe­cific­ally urge women sci­ent­ists to apply for the pos­i­tion.

How to apply:

We prefer to receive applic­a­tions by email to personal@igzev.de in pdf format by 26.10.2021. Please cite the above ref­er­ence num­ber in the sub­ject line of your email and in the cover let­ter. Our postal address is: Per­son­al­büro, Insti­tute for Veget­able and Orna­mental Crops, Theodor-Echter­meyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Groß­beeren.