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Osnabrück University’s Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship for Environmental Economics invites applications for the position of

Postdoctoral Research Position in Behavioral Economics for the Environment (f/m)
(salary grade E 13 TV-L, 100%)

starting April 1, 2018, for three years, with the possibility of extension for another three years.

Description of responsibilities:
The successful candidate will

  • be responsible for designing economic experiments (lab and field), their implementation and analysis, in the area of behavioral economics of environmental policy
  • participate in writing third-party grant proposals
  • co-advise PhD students
  • have the opportunity to work towards a German-style habilitation (i.e. post-doctoral lecturing qualification), or equivalent scientific qualification
  • Participate in teaching and supervision of bachelor and master theses

    Required qualifications:
    Candidates are required to

    • hold a PhD degree in economics, with a focus on environmental economics, experimental or behavioral economics
    • have experience in the planning, implementation and analysis of economic experiments
    • show interest in the theme of social preferences
    • have excellent English skills

      Desirable qualifications:
      Ideally, candidates also

      • have experience with field experiments
      • have experience with environmental policy-related themes
      • have experience with the theme of social proferences
      • have very good knowledge of game theory
      • have experience with statistics software (e.g. STATA or R)
      • have good knowledge of an experimental programming language (e.g. ztree, oTree, SOPHIE or other)
      • are interested in working in an interdisciplinary environment
      • are capable of working independently
      • have some knowledge of German

        We offer:

        • at the Alexander von Humboldt-Professorship for Environmental Economics (led by Prof. Stefanie Engel) an excellent scientific environment, a dynamic international team, and the possibility for exchange in international networks
        • at the Institute for Environmental Systems Research an interdisciplinary research environment on policy-relevant environmental themes
        • participation in a large research project on the role of behavioral economics for the design of environmental policy
        • Collaboration with the department of economics and a network of researchers interested in experimental economics (further information can be found at
        • no formal teaching obligations until September 2019

        Osnabrück University has been certified as a family-friendly university committed to helping working/studying parents and carers balance their family and work life.

        The university aspires to ensure equal opportunities for men and women and strives to work towards a gender balance in schools or departments where new appointments are made.

        If equally qualified candidates apply, preference will be given to those with special needs.

        Applications should be submitted as a PDF document, including cover letter, CV, a one-page summary of your research interests and relevant experience, a copy of your best (experimental) paper and a letter of reference. Applications should be send to Eva-Maria Tolzmann ( to arrive no later than February 07, 2018. We look forward to receiving your application.

        For further information, please contact Dr. Ann-Kathrin Kössler ( Further information on the research team and the activities of the professorship can be found at