PhD candidate (f/m/d) (75%) for the ifo Center for International Institutional Comparisons and Migration Research

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

To strengthen our team, we are looking for a

graduate student (f/m/d)

to complete a PhD in economics at the chair of the Center Director Prof. Panu Poutvaara, Ph.D. at the University of Munich and to work on research projects on Ukrainian refugees.

Our team analyzes migration and integration, with special focus on the role of institutions. Currently, the team is analyzing return plans and economic and social integration of Ukrainian refugees in Germany. Join us in this task!

The ifo Institute is one of the leading economic research institutes in Europe. It works on economic issues of international relevance at the highest scientific level and with an international impact and it develops research-based recommendations for politics, business and society. Through its five fields of action - research, promotion of young researchers, policy 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 debate on economic and environmental policy.
  • 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, and the possibility for research stays abroad.
  • Pleasant premises in a leafy neighbourhood, right next to the Isar river and close to the English Garden.
  • Our graduates are highly demanded on the national and international job market both in academia and industry and regularly receive top job offers.
  • Employees who move from abroad receive a relocation allowance.
  • We support non-German-speaking employees with German language courses.

Your area of responsibility

  • You conduct research on integration and return migration plans of Ukrainian refugees in Germany. The research is conducted by two ifo Centers (International Institutional Comparisons and Migration Research; Center for Social Market Economy and Institutional Economics). 
  • You will complete a PhD in economics at the chair of Center Director Prof. Panu Poutvaara, Ph.D. at the University of Munich (LMU).
  • You will participate in the structured doctoral student training program run by the Munich Graduate School of Economics (MGSE) of the LMU.

What we expect from you

  • You have a strong master’s degree in economics. 
  • You have sound knowledge of the foundations of economics and relevant empirical methods
  • With excellent English language skills, both written and spoken, you are able to interact confidently in the international network of researchers.
  • You have very good skills in Ukrainian, ideally as native speaker or speaking Ukrainian as second language.
  • Knowledge of the German language is a big advantage.
  • You are a team player who values professional exchange with your colleagues and likes 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.

Your application

Interested? Then please send us your application documents with the 2022-031 IVM-DOK by 18 December 2022 using the form here

We will consider also applications received after this date, until the position is filled.

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: 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(at)ifo.de.

For subject-specific information, please contact Panu Poutvaara (poutvaara@ifo.de; 089/9224-1372).