Postdoc in Biodiversity Economics (Germany) Deadline: March 22, 2019

University of Leipzig

Application Deadline

March 22, 2019

Program Commencement

As Soon As Possible

Duration of the Program

1 Year (Possible Extn)

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Program Details

The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig is a National Research Centre funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Its central mission is to promote theory-driven synthesis and data-driven theory in this emerging field. The concept of iDiv encompasses the detection of biodiversity, understanding its emergence, exploring its consequences for ecosystem functions and services, and developing strategies to safeguard biodiversity under global change. It is located in the city of Leipzig and it’s a central institution of the Leipzig University, jointly hosted by the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). Furthermore, it gains support by the Max Planck Society, the Leibniz Association and the Free State of Saxony.

The Biodiversity Economics Research Group established in 2018 at iDiv and the Faculty of Economics and Management Science at Leipzig University aims at improving the scientific basis for sustainability in human-nature relationships, studying the sustainable use of renewable natural resources (e.g. marine fisheries, rangelands, forests) and conservation of biodiversity from regional to global. Our research group is internationally well connected. The Group engages in integrative interdisciplinary research with natural and social scientists and researchers from the humanities. Former doctoral researchers of Martin Quaas’ group have now professorships at leading universities in North America and Europe; work for the government, or in the private sector.

The research group is searching for a specialist with expertise in Environmental and Resource Economics or Ecological Economics documented by publications in leading international journals. The successful candidate shall contribute to the core research of the group as described above, and initiate new interdisciplinary collaborations with other research groups at iDiv. For the duration of the iDiv funding, the position comes without teaching obligations, but contributions to teaching in the Economics Master program at Leipzig University are welcome.


  • interdisciplinary, independent research on major questions of biodiversity economics, using cutting-edge methods of quantitative ecological-economic modelling, dynamic optimization, statistics or economic experiments
  • writing proposals for research grants in competitive calls
  • writing and publishing of scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • collaboration as specialist with and consulting of decision-makers in policy, administration, and the private sector
  • presenting results at national and international conferences
  • initiating integrative collaborations with further research groups at iDiv

The position is initially limited until 30 September 2020, which is the end of the current iDiv funding period. Extension up to a permanent position is possible and will be decided upon 6 months before the end of the iDiv funding period. Criteria for extension are research output measured in publications or papers published in leading international journals, research profile and plans fitting to the group of Biodiversity Economics, the initiation of promising new research projects, preferably in interdisciplinary collaboration with further research groups at iDiv. 

Eligibility/ Requirements


  • excellent Ph.D. in Resource Economics or a closely related field of research
  • expertise in Environmental and Resource Economics/Ecological Economics documented by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • experience in independent processing of complex ecological-economic methods
  • experience in third-party funding and writing grant proposals
  • profound knowledge of resource economic theory and modelling, quantitative skills (modelling, statistics, econometrics)
  • research profile and plans fitting to the group of Biodiversity Economics
  • the ability of interdisciplinary collaboration with biologists
  • excellent English communication skills (speaking and writing)
  • innovative, able to work on his or her own initiative
  • team-oriented and strong organizational skills

Application Process

Send your application with reference file number 60/2019 via the application portal.

Applications should include a cover letter (English or German) describing the motivation for the project, research interests & relevant experience; a complete curriculum vitae including names and contact details of at least two scientific references; a digital copy of Ph.D. certificate and a PDF of up to three publications in peer-reviewed journals.

For queries on the application process, please contact our HR Department (; for research project questions, contact Professor Dr. Martin Quaas (

Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability. 

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