PhD candidate (f/m/d) (75%) for the Dresden branch

Ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich

To strengthen our team in Dresden, we are looking for a PhD student to work in the research area "Business Cycle and Growth" 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 https://www.ifo.de/en/about-us/ifo-career.

Why ifo?

  • 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 in a top-class research team.
  • 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 remuneration is analogous to  the collective agreement for the public service of the Länder (German public service pay scale TV-L E 13, 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 acquire enriching international experience and networking.
  • 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, and the possibility for research stays abroad.
  • Employees who move from abroad receive a relocation allowance.

Your area of responsibility

  • 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.
  • As part of your doctorate, you will conduct empirical or theoretical research on topics in the field of "business cycles" and/or "sustainable growth".
  • 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 by participating in public discourse.
  • You will participate in the structured doctoral training of the TU Dresden (University of Excellence).

What we expect from you

  • 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, e.g. time series analysis (knowledge of STATA is advantageous).
  • You have the ability to express even complicated scientific issues in German in a generally understandable way. 
  • With a very good command of written and spoken English, you can move confidently in an international network of researchers.
  • You are a team player, appreciate the professional exchange with your colleagues and like to take responsibility for yourself and others.

With us, you will find an ideal working environment for excellent research. This was also confirmed by the European Commission, which awarded us the "HR Excellence in Research" award in 2019. 

Our membership in the Familienpakt Bayern (Bavarian Family Pact) reinforces our measures to reconcile family and career.

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.


Then please send us your application documents with the 2022-028 ND-Dok by 4. December 2022 using the form here

Please attach a letter of motivation, 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: Recruiting(at)ifo.de. The letters will then be added to your application in our system and forwarded to the appropriate people.

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If you have any questions, please contact recruiting@ifo.de

For subject-specific information, please contact Prof. Dr. Joachim Ragnitz (ragnitz(at)ifo.de; 0351/26476-17).