The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant, environmental and social sciences. The IGZ is based in Großbeeren (close to Berlin) and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts strategic and international research for the sustainable production and use of vegetables, contributing to food security, human well-being and the conservation of natural resources. At IGZ, researchers from different disciplines work together on core-funded and grant-funded projects, often in collaboration with national and international research partners.
Horticultural plant systems are very relevant for economic development in low and middle income countries. The high labour demands and the high value added in the vegetable and flower sectors offer above average opportunities for employment creation and poverty reduction. Horticultural activity offers a unique opportunity to strengthen both income and food security for smallholder farmers. Moreover, people displaced by conflict and instability can turn to garden production to supplement incomes and diets. Small scale vegetable production by women can also help re-dress traditional gender norms. At the same time, vegetables are an important element of national and global value chains and play an increasing role in organic and fair trade production systems. Combining plant science and socio-economic approaches can then help to build horticultural production systems which make a sustainable contribution to human development.
The research group "Economic Development and Food Security" in the Programme Area Plant Quality and Food Security at IGZ analyses the role of individuals, groups and institutions in creating, shaping and overcoming malnutrition and food insecurity in low income countries, in countries in transition and in emergency situations. Using quantitative methods, we study how households engage in horticulture, both in formal markets and for subsistence including for home and school gardens. We do so collecting and analysing micro-level survey data. Our work hence uncovers how best to achieve food security under challenging circumstances during socio-economic development.
To continue our work in this field, we are looking for a
Post-doctoral researcher in applied micro development economics
Reference number: 19/2017/3
at the earliest possible date. Employment for this position will be initially for three years.
The salary will be based on qualification and research experience according to the wage agreement TV-L, salary domain east, up to EG 13. The position can be full-time or part-time.
The successful candidate will
  • collect and analyse micro-level survey data on horticulture and food security
  • analyse the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study data for coping strategies and welfare impacts at the individual and household levels
  • design, implement and analyse impact evaluations including randomized control trials
  • contribute to the design and writing of grant applications from donors like the DFG, EU and research foundations
  • present research findings internally and externally at conferences and research seminars
  • co-organise the annual LEADS event
  • publish project results in leading journals in agricultural and development economics and in general-interest (multi-disciplinary) journals
  • interact with our academic and policy-oriented partners and collaborators
We expect
  • A PhD in development economics
  • An excellent academic record
  • Experience in international economic development, in particular at the micro level
  • Experience working on conflict-affected and fragile areas
  • Experience in working with panel data and impact evaluations
  • Excellent quantitative skills in advanced micro-econometric software like Stata and/or R
  • Experience in developing and writing grant proposals
  • An interest in horticultural production systems and processes
  • Excellent English communication skills
  • Additional language proficiency would be an advantage.
We offer
  • A demanding job in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Support for young researchers
  • An attractive workplace in the Berlin area
Interested candidates should send a CV, a one-page statement of research interests and experience, copies of high-school and academic certificates and the names of two referees.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück (033701 78124; brueck@igzev.de, www.igzev.de).
IGZ is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed preferentially.
Please send your application under information of the reference number by 18th of October 2017 to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online in pdf-format to personal@igzev.de.

Bewerbungsschluss: 18.10.2017