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Research Associate Political Economy § 28 Subsection 1 HmbHG

As two-thirds of this position is funded by the internal Women’s Advancement Fund, Universität Hamburg specifically encourages qualified women to apply.

Your responsibilities

Research associates will be expected primarily to teach and conduct research. The research associate will also have the opportunity to pursue further academic qualifications, in particular a doctoral dissertation. At least one-third of set working hours will be made available for the research associate’s own academic work.

As part of your dissertation, you will write three to four scientific papers in the field of political economy and/or organizational economics, one of them in sole authorship, present them at conferences and submit them for publication in international peer-reviewed journals (Handelsblatt ranking A+ to C). You continue your education at at least one summer school and interact with the professor (primary reviewer), with other doctoral students and postdocs in the team, and with researchers in the department and faculty. This includes attending research seminars at the department. Funding is provided for conference travel and summer schools as well as submissions for publication. You will be involved in teaching by giving tutorials on lectures in B.Sc. Economics (e.g. Microeconomics I and II, Microeconomics for Business students) and other related tasks. Your teaching load is 3 LVS.


Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

You have the necessary training and motivation to design, program if necessary, and conduct theory-based experiments (in the lab, online via Prolific or access panels such as Bilendi, and in the field) to explain microeconomic issues in the fields of political economy and/or organizational economics. Ideally, you will have good to very good grades in relevant master's courses (e.g., Experimental Economics) and/or an experimental economics section in your master's thesis. An interest in microeconomic applied theory is also desirable. Very good English and good German language skills are required.

We offer

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Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
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Continuing education opportunities
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University pensions
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Attractive location
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Flexible working hours
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Work-life balance opportunities
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Health management

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Educational leave

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30 days of vacation per annum

You will be integrated into the team of a microeconomic professorship with a focus on political economy, which is powerful in both applied theory and experimental economics. A proposed interdisciplinary DFG research group on "Significant Structural Change" with a methodological focus on experiments will further enlarge the team if successful. The professorship is active in the acquisition of third-party funding, in particular also in the Excellence Initiative of the University of Hamburg, and can, if required, provide you with accompanying support on your career path in science beyond the dissertation.

Universität Hamburg—University of Excellence is one of the strongest research educational institutions in Germany. Our work in research, teaching, educational and knowledge exchange activities is fostering the next generation of responsible global citizens ready to tackle the global challenges facing us. Our guiding principle “Innovating and Cooperating for a Sustainable Future” drives collaboration with academic and nonacademic partner institutions in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and around the world. We would like to invite you to be part of our community to work with us in creating sustainable and digital change for a dynamic and pluralist society.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.


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