PhD Research Fellow (75%) in the field of Development Economics

The new Chair of Development Economics (Prof. Dr. Andreas Landmann, starting in April 2020) at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg is looking for a qualified candidate with a research interest in development economics from April 1, 2020 onwards. This is a 75% position (3,75 weekly teaching hours) and limited to three years with the option of renewal.


Job Description:

  • Independent research and participation in the Chair’s research projects
  • Presentation of ongoing research at international conferences and preparation for publication in leading academic journals
  • Teaching at the Institute of Economics, particularly in support of classes offered by the Chair
  • Support with the supervision of students and organizational tasks of the Chair


Required Qualifications:

  • A university degree (graduate or Master’s degree) in Economics or another relevant discipline (e.g., Political Science or Statistics) with the overall grade “good” or better
  • Strong interest in development economics, in particular in the research areas of the Chair
  • Good  knowledge of empirical methods and relevant statistical software (e.g., Stata, R)
  • Willingness to travel to low-income countries for field research (corresponding experience is a plus) 
  • Aptitude to acquire further software skills (e.g. survey coding, GIS software)
  • Strong writing and communication skills in English
  • German language skills are a plus


The development and implementation of a PhD project in one of the research areas of the professorship and the participation in the Bavarian Graduate Program in Economics ( are desired. The Chair has a strong focus on the empirical analysis of individual behavior in the areas of risk and insurance, health, and pro-social preferences. This regularly involves running randomized control trials (RCTs) and behavioral experiments in the field. Currently, many projects are running in Pakistan, but field activities also take place in other countries of South and South-East Asia, as well as in Sub-Saharan Africa. Further information about the research agenda of the new professor can be found online at:


How to Apply and Deadline:
The application deadline is January 31, 2020. Please send the usual documents (cover letter, CV, certificates of university-entrance diploma and university degrees, other relevant certificates) as a single pdf file (max. 8 MB) as well as a separate writing sample (e.g. M.A. thesis) to Ms. Olga Pfarherr ( with the subject line [PhD Landmann 2020]. Job talks are scheduled for the week of February 10, 2020.


Additional Information:
In its pursuit of academic excellence, FAU is a family-friendly employer and committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups. We therefore, strongly encourage female researchers to apply. Disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualification.


For questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Andreas Landmann (

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