Application Deadline expired: Doctoral Researcher in Development Economics / Health Economics (f/m/diverse)

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


Doctoral Researcher in Development Economics and/or Health Economics (f/m/diverse)

Part time 70% (27.3 hours/week)

German public sector tariff, EG13 TVöD Bund

Salary from € 36.930 p.a. up to € 39.910 p.a.

Position No. 2023-B-01



The position is to be filled from 01 May 2023 for the duration of 3 years. A contract extension may be possible.


The doctoral researcher is a member of the project “Gender inequality, child labor, and schooling: Evidence on social policies to mitigate the impact of economic shocks” which is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and implemented jointly with the Institute of Health Economics (IHE) of the Leibniz University Hannover (Prof. Dr. Reichert).


The project aims at measuring the causal effects of various social policies in order to mitigate the implications of economic shocks and the extent to which they affect gender disparities in child labor, education, and health in low-income countries. It also aims to advance the understanding of the underlying mechanisms and sources of gender inequality. The generated knowledge is critical for the design of future gender-sensitive social policy interventions in low-income countries and of high relevance for policy makers. The researcher will conduct field research and have research stays at the University of Ghana and University of Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. Activities are embedded in IDOS’ long-standing work on social policies, poverty, and inequality.


The position is aimed at doctoral students who seek to combine the acquisition of professional experience with the completion of a dissertation in development economics or health economics. The doctorate will be conducted as part of the project and in close cooperation with Dr. C. Strupat and Prof Dr. A. Reichert.


Qualifications and requirements:

  • A completed academic university degree (Diplom/Master's degree) in economics with excellent grades
    (a focus on development economics, health economics or gender economics is an asset).
  • Master's thesis which documents advanced knowledge in and application of econometric methods.
  • Knowledge of statistical software (e.g., STATA, R, Python).
  • Experience with policy advice and research/work experience in sub-Saharan Africa are additional assets.
  • Effective interpersonal and intercultural communication skills including ability to work in a team.
  • Very good written and spoken English skills. Good command of German is an asset.
  • Willingness and aptness to travel abroad, including countries with a tropical climate (“Tropentauglichkeit”).


We offer:

  • Flexible working hours with a weekly working time of 27.3 hours (70%).
  • Possibility of mobile working (“Homeoffice”).
  • Participation in research and policy advice activities in an experienced team.
  • Possibility to use a subsidized job ticket and a good connection to public transport.
  • Trainings for further professional development.
  • Company pension scheme with the VBLU.
  • Many more social and monetary benefits.


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 Dr. Christoph Strupat



Applications with the position number 2023-B-01 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates and one selected scientific study such as the Master thesis) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 15 February 2023. The expected date for interviews is 6 March 2023.

German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Germany)
Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn
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