Application Deadline expired: Economist (f/m/diverse) “World Economy and Development Economics”

Application Deadline expired


The German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) is one of the world’s leading research institutions and think tanks for global sustainable development. It contributes, through research, policy advice and training, to finding answers to global questions affecting our future.


IDOS’ research programme "Transformation of Economic and Social Systems” is looking for a


Economist (f/m/d) – Position No. 2023-B-05

Full time 100% (39 hours/week)

Salary from € 55,000 p.a. up to € 80,000 p.a.

(German public sector tariff, up to TVöD Bund 14 depending on qualifications)


The position may be filled as of 1 January 2024 and is limited until 31 December 2026. The position is subject to final approval of funds.


As a member of the research cluster “World Economy and Development Economics”, the selected economist will contribute to research and policy advice on global economic challenges. In particular, we seek a scholar with expertise on international trade, global value chains (GVCs) and/or foreign direct investment (FDI).


Qualifications and requirements:

  • Excellent academic record based on a PhD in economics or related disciplines;
  • Proven knowledge and experience in one or more of the following issue areas, preferably with a focus on developing and emerging economies: international trade, global value chains (GVCs), foreign direct investment (FDI);
  • Publications in international peer-reviewed outlets on topics relevant for the position are a strong asset;
  • Strong quantitative methods skills; additional experience with mixed-method designs is an asset;
  • Willingness to engage in policy advice; previous experience is an asset;
  • Experience with third-party funding acquisition and applications submitted to various science-funding donors are an asset;
  • Very good written and spoken English skills; knowledge of German is an advantage;
  • Willingness and aptness to travel abroad, including countries with a tropical climate („Tropentauglichkeit“).


We offer:

  • Flexible working hours with a weekly working time of 39 hours (100%)
  • Possibility of mobile working (“Homeoffice” up to 60%)
  • Possibility to use a subsidized Deutschland-Job-Ticket for only €23.28/month and good access to public transportation;
  • Up to 30 days annual vacation plus 6 days company vacation
  • Special annual payment in accordance with TVöD Bund;
  • Trainings for further professional development;
  • Company pension scheme with the VBLU;
  • Many more social and monetary benefits


The IDOS offers an inspiring, family-friendly working environment at the interface of research and policy advice, with ample opportunities to engage in international discussions, political processes and scientific debates.


In the case of equal qualification, physically challenged persons will be given preference. We want to promote the diversity of our employees and would like applications from women, men and diverse people.


For further questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Clara Brandi (


Applications with the position number 2023-B-05 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 23 October 2023. Interviews (in person or online) are planned to take place 6 and 8 November 2023.

German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
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