Application Deadline expired: Economist (m/f/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


Economist (m/f/diverse) – Position number 2023-B-02

Full time 100% (39 hours/week); permanent position

Salary from € 55.000 p.a. up to € 80.000 p.a.

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


The position may be filled as of July 1, 2023.


The selected economist will contribute to research and policy advice on global economic challenges with a focus on developing and emerging economies. In particular, we seek a scholar with expertise on international trade, global value chains (GVCs), foreign direct investment (FDI), international finance and/or financial sector development. A track record of excellent empirical research and experience with third party funding are key criteria. We also require excellent communication skills for advising policy-makers on implications of research findings and building networks at the science-policy interface.


Qualifications and requirements:

  • Masters degree and a completed PhD (thesis at least submitted) in economics; candidates with equivalent scientific achievements in other social sciences may be considered;
  • Substantial 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), international finance, financial sector development, sustainable/climate finance;
  • An excellent academic record with international peer-reviewed publications on topics relevant for the position;
  • Strong quantitative methods skills; additional experience with mixed-method designs is an asset;
  • Proven skills in policy advice;
  • Proven commitment to third-party funding acquisition; applications submitted to various science-funding donors are an asset;
  • Ability to build and maintain networks at the science-policy interface;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Fluent written and spoken English and German (or willingness to learn German); good knowledge in another major international language 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 39 hours (fulltime)
  • Possibility of mobile working (“Homeoffice”)
  • 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


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-02 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, lists of publications, third party funding experience, relevant certificates) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 26 March 2023. Interviews (in person or online) are planned to take place 13 of April.

German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn
Telefon +49 (0)228 94927-0, Telefax +49 (0)228 94927-130