Angebot 397 von 463 vom 03.03.2023, 09:45


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

The Dresden branch, foun­ded by the ifo Insti­tute in 1993, con­ducts empir­ical eco­nomic research that is geared to the spe­cial con­cerns of the new fed­eral states and, in par­tic­u­lar, the Free State of Sax­ony and is inten­ded to provide poli­cy­makers with indic­a­tions for tar­geted action. For example, it exam­ines how struc­tural change can be sup­por­ted in a tar­geted and socially accept­able man­ner, which factors influ­ence eco­nomic devel­op­ment spe­cific­ally in the Free State of Sax­ony, and how cur­rent and future fiscal policy chal­lenges can be respon­ded to. The effects of demo­graphic change are also con­sidered as a cross-cut­ting topic. Many of the research find­ings can also be applied to other struc­tur­ally weak regions in Ger­many.

To strengthen our team in Dresden, we are look­ing for two PhD stu­dents to work in the research area "Busi­ness Cycle and Growth" or “Regional Eco­nom­ics” as well as for a PhD in Eco­nom­ics at the Fac­ulty of Eco­nom­ics at the TU Dresden.

The Dresden branch, foun­ded by the ifo Insti­tute in 1993, con­ducts empir­ical eco­nomic research. Your research is ori­ented towards the spe­cial con­cerns of the new fed­eral states and in par­tic­u­lar the Free State of Sax­ony and advises policy makers on the basis of evid­ence-based eco­nomic research. Many of the research find­ings can also be applied to other struc­tur­ally weak regions. The branch's research­ers exam­ine, for example, how poli­cy­makers can make struc­tural change socially accept­able, what factors influ­ence eco­nomic devel­op­ment and how to respond to cur­rent and future fiscal chal­lenges. The effects of demo­graphic change are also an import­ant cross-cut­ting topic at ifo Dresden. In addi­tion, the branch pro­duces reg­u­lar eco­nomic fore­casts for east­ern Ger­many and Sax­ony.

The ifo Insti­tute is one of the lead­ing eco­nomic research insti­tutes in Europe. It works on eco­nom­ic­ally and politico-eco­nomic issues of inter­na­tional rel­ev­ance at the highest sci­entific level and with an inter­na­tional impact and devel­ops research-based recom­mend­a­tions for action for polit­ics, busi­ness and soci­ety. Through its five fields of activ­ity - research, pro­mo­tion of young research­ers, polit­ical con­sult­ing, par­ti­cip­a­tion in pub­lic debates and inform­a­tion/ser­vices - it con­trib­utes 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? Meet us at

Two PhD can­did­ates (f/m/d) (75%)


for the Dresden branch

Working field:

  • Pos­i­tion 1: You will reg­u­larly mon­itor and ana­lyze eco­nomic devel­op­ments in east­ern Ger­many and Sax­ony and work inde­pend­ently on the branch's eco­nomic fore­casts. In addi­tion, you will sup­port the work of the branch office in other pro­jects rel­ev­ant to the topic.
  • Pos­i­tion 2: You ana­lyze regional eco­nomic devel­op­ments (for example: with respect to the effects of regional trans­fers or with respect to the regional and sec­toral effects of trans­form­ing tech­no­lo­gies). In addi­tion, you will sup­port the work of the branch office in other pro­jects rel­ev­ant to the topic.
  • As part of your doc­tor­ate, you will con­duct empir­ical or the­or­et­ical research on top­ics in the field of "mac­roe­co­nom­ics" and/or "sus­tain­able growth" or “regional eco­nom­ics”.
  • You will pub­lish your sci­entific res­ults in inter­na­tional journ­als.
  • You are involved in the trans­fer of know­ledge from research to prac­tice, e.g. by pub­lish­ing your sci­entific find­ings in a gen­er­ally under­stand­able way in our in-house journal "ifo Dresden berichtet" and, if desired, by par­ti­cip­at­ing in pub­lic dis­course.
  • You will par­ti­cip­ate in the struc­tured doc­toral train­ing of the TU Dresden (Uni­versity of Excel­lence).


  • You have com­pleted your mas­ter's degree in eco­nom­ics with very good res­ults.
  • You have a solid know­ledge of the basics of eco­nom­ics and the rel­ev­ant empir­ical meth­ods (know­ledge of STATA or R is advant­age­ous).
  • You have the abil­ity to express even com­plic­ated sci­entific issues in Ger­man in a gen­er­ally under­stand­able way.
  • With a good com­mand of writ­ten and spoken Eng­lish, you can move con­fid­ently in the inter­na­tional researcher field.
  • You are a team player, appre­ci­ate the pro­fes­sional exchange with your col­leagues and like to take respons­ib­il­ity for your­self and oth­ers.

We pro­mote pro­fes­sional equal­ity regard­less of eth­nic ori­gin, gender, reli­gion or belief, dis­ab­il­ity, age or sexual iden­tity. We strive to increase the pro­por­tion of women in research and there­fore expressly encour­age women to apply.

What we offer:

  • You can expect an inter­est­ing and chal­len­ging job at one of the lead­ing eco­nomic research insti­tutes in Europe.
  • You will con­duct policy-ori­ented empir­ical eco­nomic research.
  • You will profit from com­pre­hens­ive fur­ther sci­entific qual­i­fic­a­tion at one of Ger­many’s best eco­nom­ics fac­ulties.
  • In line with our claim "Shap­ing the Eco­nomic Debate", you will make your research res­ults access­ible to the gen­eral pub­lic and thus con­trib­ute to the eco­nomic debate.
  • Your work­ing con­tract will ini­tially be lim­ited to three years with an option to extend depend­ing on the pro­gress of your PhD.
  • Your salary is based on - the col­lect­ive agree­ment for the pub­lic ser­vice of the Länder (Ger­man pub­lic ser­vice pay scale TV-L E13, 75%).
  • Through our close con­nec­tion to the CESifo net­work with over 1,800 mem­bers from all over the world, you will have the oppor­tun­ity to net­work and to acquire enrich­ing inter­na­tional exper­i­ence.
  • We sup­port you in your work, per­sonal devel­op­ment and work-life-bal­ance with flex­ible work­ing hours, the oppor­tun­ity to partly work from home, many oppor­tun­it­ies for fur­ther train­ing and edu­ca­tion.
  • Employ­ees who move to Munich or the sur­round­ing area from a radius of 200 km or more receive a relo­ca­tion allow­ance after passing their pro­ba­tion­ary period.

How to apply:

Inter­ested? Then please send us your applic­a­tion doc­u­ments with the 2023-007 ND-Dok by 26 March 2023 using the form here:,id=17674400-e028-4027-a388-f18532b7d6ab,popup=y

Please attach a cover let­ter, your CV, ref­er­ences and other doc­u­ments rel­ev­ant to your applic­a­tion in the lower sec­tion of the form.

Let­ters of recom­mend­a­tion can be sent dir­ectly from the cre­ator to the fol­low­ing email address: The let­ters will then be added to your applic­a­tion in our sys­tem and for­war­ded to the appro­pri­ate people.

Please make sure to use only .pdf files, Word doc­u­ments and images in .jpg format. Please also ensure to use short file names. Long file names can lead to errors when send­ing the applic­a­tion. Please read the doc­u­ment "Inform­a­tion on attach­ment nam­ing" care­fully so that your applic­a­tion can be sent to us without errors.

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If you have any ques­tions, please con­tact For sub­ject-spe­cific inform­a­tion, please con­tact Prof. Dr. Joachim Rag­nitz (; 0351/26476-17).