2nd cohort – 15 PhD positions

For questions regarding your application and the positions please see the FAQ page before reaching out via email.

The University of Göttingen has position openings for

15 Doctoral Researchers in Food Systems Economics (all genders welcome)

to join the Research Training Group (RTG) 2654 “Sustainable Food Systems” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The positions should be filled by 1 September 2024. The regular working hours will be 65% (currently 25.87 hours per week) with a limited contract of three years to 31 August 2027. The salary is in accordance with the German public service salary scale E13 TVL (65%). These are qualification positions for junior researchers pursuing a PhD degree.
The positions involve interdisciplinary research on questions related to “Sustainable Food Systems”. Food and agriculture are playing key roles for many of the global challenges such as poverty, undernutrition, obesity, climate change, and biodiversity loss. It is obvious that the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cannot be achieved without major changes in food production, distribution, and consumption. But what types of changes are useful and how these changes can be implemented politically, economically, and socially are open questions that will be addressed in the RTG, focusing on both rich and poor countries. The Program is implemented in cooperation with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC and KU Leuven in Belgium. The positions are based in Göttingen (Germany), but will require international travel for data collection and exchange with collaborators.
Successful candidates will have an outstanding Master’s degree (or equivalent) in food and agricultural economics, development economics, general economics, sustainability studies, (food) marketing, or related social sciences disciplines, strong analytical skills, experience with relevant statistical methods, proven interest in topics related to sustainable food systems, strong computer skills, and excellent command of the English language. We also expect successful candidates to be active team players in the RTG. Experience with data collection in an international context will be a plus. As part of our work-life-balance strategy, financial support for childcare costs during travel is possible.
The University of Göttingen is an equal opportunities employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in fields in which they are underrepresented. The University has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The mission of the University is to employ a greater number of severely disabled persons. Applications from severely disabled persons with equivalent qualifications will be given preference.

Please submit your application until 20 March 2024.

Further questions can be directed to Dr. Melanie Grosse (phone: +49(0)551-39-20202, mgrosse@uni-goettingen.de). Please please check the FAQ page before getting in touch with us. Please note: With submission of your application, you accept the processing of your applicant data in terms of the data-protection law. Further information on the legal basis and data usage is provided in the Information General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) https://www.uni-goettingen.de/hinweisdsgvo. Further details about the application procedure are explained below. You can download the job opening as PDF here.

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