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ifo Institut – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung an der Universität München e. V.

ifo Postdoctoral Researcher / Economist (f/m/d): Public/Behavioral Economics

90762 Fürth
Veröffentlicht am 15.05.2024 Festanstellung Homeoffice möglich

We are looking for a postdoc (f/m/d) to join our team in Fürth for up to six years starting as soon as possible. The possible research areas are public economics, behavioral economics, and other economic research fields relevant to the development of the social market economy.

At the Ludwig Erhard ifo Center for Social Market Economy and Institutional Economics in Fürth, we investigate how markets and government action should be designed to meet current challenges - such as demographic change, climate change, and economic inequality. What is the impact of the institutional framework, e.g., the tax and transfer system or the pension scheme, on behavior? When do individuals break the rules? What do people know about economic mechanisms and how can their knowledge be improved? We would like to answer these and other questions. Join us in this task!

We seek a team member who is passionate about high-quality research on policy-relevant questions, hase a strong drive to further her*his own research agenda, and is willing to give guidance for doctoral candidates and to communicate her*his research to the public and media.

We, the ifo Institute, are one of the leading economic research institutes in Europe. We work on issues relevant to economics and economic policy at the highest scientific level and with an international reach, and develop research-based recommendations for action for policymakers, business and society. Through our five fields of activity - research, promotion of young researchers, policy advice, participation in public debates and information/service - we contribute to maintaining and increasing sustainable economic prosperity and social participation under constantly changing conditions.

Do you want to know more about us and your career opportunities? Check us out at https://www.ifo.de/en/about-us/ifo-career.


Your new job includes...

  • research in the field of public economics, behavioral economics, and other fields related to the development of the social market economy, contributing to solutions for current societal challenges with experimental methods or applied econometrics.
  • conceiving, acquiring, managing, and working on third-party funded projects.
  • guidance for doctoral candidates.
  • publishing your research results in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals.
  • making your research results accessible to the general public.


What we expect from your profile...

  • You have a degree in economics with a focus on public economics, behavioral economics, applied microeconomics or a related field and have completed your PhD by job start.
  • You have already proven your relevant knowledge and experience through articles in internationally recognized refereed journals or working papers suitable for publication.
  • You contribute in-depth knowledge of methods of experimental economics (field, lab, survey) or applied microeconometrics, and applied economics.
  • You have experience with big data and machine learning methods? This would be a particular asset!
  • With excellent English language skills, both written and spoken, you are able to interact confidently in the international network of researchers.
  • Knowledge of the German language is an advantage.
  • You are a team player and like to take responsibility for yourself and others.


Our junior faculty members…


  • work on exciting questions in virtually all fields of economics
  • regularly publish in top general interest and field journals
  • cause impact because they bring scientific findings into policy debates
  • contribute to the debate on economic and educational policy in line with our claim "Shaping the Economic Debate"
  • are highly demanded on the national and international job market, both in academia and in industry, and achieve placements as full or associate professors at top universities


  • are part of a team of about 111 economists
  • are embedded in a vibrant economics community in Fuerth, Nuremberg and Munich
  • are connected to the Department of Economics at FAU Nuremberg
  • can participate in the structured Junior Faculty Development Program and have the opportunity to teach at FAU Nuremberg and LMU Munich
  • engage with international top-class economists within our CESifo network with over 1,800 members from all over the world


  • have access to an excellent data infrastructure and other supporting services


  • have an initial three-year employment contract, with the option to be extended
  • receives its salary according to TV-L E 13 or E 14 (incl. special annual payment) depending on publications and are part of the company pension scheme (VBL) (in addition to the statutory pension insurance).
  • are supported in their professional and personal development with flexible working hours, the possibility of mobile work and many opportunities for further trainings and development programs, and is equipped for this in the best possible, modern and comprehensive way.
  • take up our company "holidays" during the year (a half day on Carnival Tuesday and the 24th and 31st of December, each full day).
  • are entitled to a relocation allowance after passing their probationary period if they move to Fuerth or the surrounding area from a radius of 200 km or more (like all our employees).
  • will be supported with German courses if needed.

We were awarded the "HR Excellence in Research" award in 2019 by the European Commission. Our membership in the Familienpakt Bayern (Bavarian Family Pact) reinforces our measures to reconcile family and career. We are committed to equal rights for all employees and ensure a working environment free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment regardless of ethnicity, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability. We strive to increase the proportion of women in research and therefore expressly encourage women to apply.


How to apply!

Interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application with the reference number 2024-006 SMI-PostDoc until May 12, 2024 using the application form here:


Please note that applications will only be accepted and considered via the portal. Applications sent by e-mail or via other portals are deemed not to have been received and cannot be considered.

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, job market paper, and at least three reference letters. Reference letters can be sent directly from the creator to the following email address: E-Mail schreiben. The letters will then be added to your application in our system and forwarded to the appropriate people.

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ifo Institut – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung an der Universität München e. V., Gartenstraße 6, 90762 Fürth, Deutschland