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Post-doctoral researcher in development and/or agricultural economics with a focus on longitudinal data collection and analysis

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The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant, environmental 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” led by Professor Tilman Brück 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 collecting and analysing micro-level survey data, 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 interdisciplinary research on economic development and food security, for example in the Food for the Future project (F4F), by co-hosting the annual Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS) and the Life in Kyrgyzstan Conferences (LiK). Our work hence uncovers how best to achieve food and nutritional security under challenging circumstances during socio-economic development.

In a new BMBF-funded collaborative research project, LifewithCorona-Africa (LwC-Africa), we aim to generate new evidence and policy guidelines on how African citizens respond to and cope with the profound global shock to their lives and livelihoods caused by Covid-19. The goal is to advance understanding of how the pandemic is affecting food, health, work, gender and social cohesion outcomes in order to better prepare communities and governments to respond to the challenges ahead as the pandemic spreads across the continent. Building on the global Life with Corona online survey (LwC), the LwC-Africa project will collect and analyse four quarterly repeated cross-sectional phone-based surveys over twelve months in five African countries.

To coordinate the research and study design, data collection, analysis, management and outreach of LwC-Africa, we are looking for a

Post-doctoral researcher in development and/or agricultural economics with a focus on longitudinal data collection and analysis

Reference number: 12/2020/3

Employment for this position will be available as soon as possible and will be initially until 31. December 2021. The salary will be based on qualification and research experience according to the wage agreement TV-L, salary domain east, up to EG 13.

The successful candidate will:

  • coordinate on the research and study design, data collection and analysis of phone survey data in 5 African countries and the corresponding management and outreach of LwC-Africa
  • contribute to conceptual framework and data analysis of micro-level phone survey data of the LwC-Africa project
  • present research findings at conferences and research seminars
  • lead on uptake of the research outputs, outreach and management of LwC-Africa
  • publish project results in leading journals in agricultural and development economics and in general-interest (multi-disciplinary) journals
  • interact with our academic and policy-oriented partners and collaborators

We expect:

  • A completed PhD in development or agricultural economics or related field
  • An excellent academic record
  • Experience in designing, collecting and analysing panel (phone) data in low income countries, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Experience in international economic development, in particular at the micro level
  • Experience working on food and nutritional security
  • Experience in working with panel data
  • Excellent quantitative skills in advanced micro-econometric software like Stata and/or R
  • An interest in horticultural production systems and processes
  • Excellent English communication skills
  • Some knowledge of German would be an advantage
  • Additional language proficiency (especially French or other languages spoken in Africa) would be an advantage.

We offer:

  • A demanding job in an interdisciplinary research environment
  • Support for developing your research profile
  • An attractive workplace in the Berlin area
  • Flexible work practices in line with current health and safety regulations

Interested candidates should send an informative CV, a detailed cover letter, copies of academic certificates, and the names of two academic referees.

Contact: Professor Tilman Brück ( or Dr Hanna Freudenreich (

The IGZ is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed preferentially. The IGZ wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background.

Please send your application citing the reference number by 4 of October 2020 to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online in pdf-format to

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