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Postdoctoral Research Position (Chair Prof. Wrona)

Application until 15 November 2021
Postdoctoral Research Position, pay grade E13 TV-L, full time

The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is located in the heart of Europe, in the middle of the Ruhr metropolitan region. We are one of the youngest and largest universities in Germany and think in terms of possibilities rather than limitations. We are strong in research and teaching, live diversity, promote potential and are committed to upholding genuine equity in education.

The University of Duisburg-Essen invites applications for a

Postdoctoral Research Position

pay grade E13 TV-L – Application No. 704-21

at the Chair for New Economic Geography and East Asia ( ), which is affiliated with the Mercator School of Management (MSM, ) and the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST, ).

The Mercator School of Management, in partnership with the Institute of East Asian Studies, are offering a full-time postdoctoral research position for candidates (m/f/d) who already hold or are close to completing a PhD in the fields of international economics or urban/regional economics. The fixed-term position is limited to 3 years (with the option of an extension) and is intended to offer early career researchers the opportunity to develop their research portfolio within an excellent research environment prior to entering the academic job market for tenure-track positions at major research universities.

The postholder is required to perform the following duties:

  • to engage in research of a quality commensurate with publication in leading economics journals;
  • to develop, manage, and promote an independent research program;
  • to present his/her research at international conferences and research workshops;
  • to provide up to four hours of graduate or undergraduate teaching per week (during term-time);
  • to cooperate in the administration of teaching and research.

Your Profile:

  • You will hold a PhD or be close to completing a doctoral degree in economics (in particular international or urban/regional economics);
  • You will possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English (proficiency in German is not required, but advantageous);
  • You will have the ability to develop new ideas, to work effectively with your academic colleagues, and to present your research findings convincingly;
  • You will be interested in East Asian economic studies (preferably with a focus on Japan);
  • You will be willing to play an active role in the intellectual life of the MSM and the IN-EAST.

We Offer:

  • Excellent research environment (Research Training Group: Regional Disparities and Economic Policy, );
  • Generous travel funds for research (e.g. conferences) and qualification (e.g. summer schools);
  • Additional benefits (e.g. company ticket for public transportation, sports and health activities).

Expected Start date: 1 March 2022

Contract period: 36 months (with the option of extension for another 36 months)

Working time: full time

Application deadline: 15 November 2021

Preferably, submit a full online application specifying the reference number 704-21 via by the closing date above. Alternatively, applications can be sent via E-mail to Prof. Dr. Jens Wrona ( , ). Your application should include: a letter of motivation (max. 2 pages), your curriculum vitae, including a list of all publications/working papers, your job market paper (or max. 3 working papers to be considered in the assessment), diplomas and all relevant certificates, two letters of reference (separately submitted/sent by the referees). Interviews for the selected candidates will be held online during the European Job Market (15–18 December 2021, ).

The University of Duisburg-Essen is an equal opportunity employer and aims to increase the diversity of its workforce (see ).
It also aims to increase the number of women among its academic staff and therefore encourages women with pertinent qualifications to apply. Women with equal qualifications will be preferred in accordance with state equality legislation.
Applications of qualified disabled persons as defined by Section 2 (3) of the German Social Code, Book IX (SGB IX) are also encouraged.