Pre-Doctoral Researchers (f/m/d) Center for Labor and Demographic Economics

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

The ifo Center for Labor and Demographic Economics is seeking a Pre-Doc (f/m/d) to work under the supervision of Helmut Rainer. This position involves engaging in scientific work on new and ongoing empirical projects in labor and family economics.

The role offers exposure to a wide range of economic research topics and methods, making it an excellent preparatory step for pursuing a doctorate in economics. Selected candidates will develop valuable skills in analyzing large data sets and gain experience in applied econometrics.

Utilizing theoretical analysis, modern econometrics, and diverse data sources, the Center explores unresolved questions in family and labor economics. The goal is to produce causally identified research findings that inform policymakers and the public about the cause-effect relationships underlying today’s most critical social issues

If you would like to find out more about our department, take a look at our department website

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

Want to know more about us? Meet us at https://www.ifo.de/en/about-us/ifo-careers

In your new job you can expect...

  • Collaboration in the acquisition and implementation of scientific projects in the fields of labor market and family economics
  • Data acquisition, processing and analysis
  • Writing non-technical articles for publication
  • Internal support for scientific projects
  • Literature research and classification of scientific projects in the existing research literature

We look for you to have...

  • Master's degree in economics or a comparable degree program with very good results
  • A strong quantitative research background
  • Statistical/scientific programming experience, especially in Sta-ta, Python, ArcGIS or R
  • Ability to work independently and solve problems
  • German language skills (of advantage but not essential)

Our Team…


  • fulfils a task that creates meaning: you support the work of our scientists and thus contribute to our public mission.
  • has a part-time position (approx. 20 hours/week) with us, initially for a limited period of 2 years, with the prospect of further employment.
  • will be paid according to TV-L E 9, depending on your previous knowledge and experience.
  • will receive a company pension scheme (VBL) in addition to the statutory pension insurance.
  • will receive a so-called Munich bonus if the conditions for this are met.
  • will be provided with the best possible, modern and comprehensive equipment for your day-to-day work.
  • has the chance to take advantage of our further training opportunities and to develop professionally and personally.

Work-life balance

  • is supported by us in his work-life balance with flexible working hours.
  • can utilise our mobile working options.
  • takes advantage of our company "public holidays" during the year (half a day on Shrove Tuesday and a full day on 24 and 31 December).


  • is part of a professional team that supports and respects each other.
  • works in close proximity to the English Garden and the Isar.
  • can use our beautiful garden, which connects all the buildings, to relax during lunch breaks, for a coffee in between or to socialise with colleagues.


  • is entitled to a relocation allowance after passing the probationary period if the move is from a radius of 200 km or more to Munich or the surrounding area.
  • is supported with evening German courses if required.

In 2019, we received the "HR Excellence in Research" award by the European Commission. Our membership of the Bavarian Family Pact strengthens 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 are given equal consideration for employment regardless of their ethnic origin, skin color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

How to apply!

Have we sparked your interest? Then we look forward to receiving your application documents with the reference number 2024-011 AB-PreDoc by July 21, 2024 using the form here.

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

Your application should include a letter of motivation, CV, certificates and, if possible, references.

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If you have any questions, please contact recruiting(at)ifo.de.