At IAMO you will find an attractive working environment within an international team. You will have the possibility to complete your doctorate or qualify as a professor. The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies encourages qualified women to apply. Preference will be given to women and disabled persons with equal qualification and expertise.
Master thesis in (Agricultural and) Nutrition Sciences: Literature Analysis
The master candidate will support a team of researchers in the preparation of the Systematic Literature Review (SLR) "Association between measures of adherence to dietary recommendations and health outcomes". The team will systematically analyze scientific reports on studies which
- measure overall diet quality in terms of predefined ("a priori") diet quality indices, and
- assess the association of these indices with selected diseases.
Steps of work
- identification of all relevant research reports from the literature (screening)
- systematic compilation of the relevant content of all relevant research reports (data extraction)
- description of results: index specifiactions, compilation of study results including an evaluation according to quality criteria (narrative review)
steps 1 and 2 require extensive concentrated reading work carried out on many research reports. The master student is expected to participate substantially in this work. The master thesis will likely cover the process and the result of the SLR.
- integration in a small research team conducting an interesting research project. (This project is part of the activities of the Dedipac knowledge hub (https://www.dedipac.eu/)
- The bulk of the work required for your master thesis will be accomplished in this work. The master thesis (under Prof. Stangl and/or Prof. Glauben, both Institut für Agrar- und Ernährungswissenschaften) will cover diet quality measurement and the results of the SLR.
- Part of the work effort will be remunerated: wiss. Hilfskraft, 6 months à 48 h/month, paid at a rate of 9,05 Euro/h.
- You can use a working place at IAMO but are free to work elsewhere with your own computer (except for weekly meetings at IAMO).
- BSc in a field related to nutrition or health
- Very good English language skills, particularly reading skills
- Availability and willingness to work at least 20 hrs. per week on this project between December 2014 and March 2015
To get some idea on the type of article which we will produce see e.g. Wirt/Collins 2009 and our SLR Protocol.
For inquiries or application pls. contact Dr. Stephan Brosig, IAMO, brosig[at]iamo.de, 0345 2928-222
Please see the master thesis announcement here for download.
The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) in Halle (Saale), Germany, invites applications for a
PhD position in economic and institutional analysis of agricultural and water reforms in post-Soviet Central Asia
for a period of 36 months. The position is to be filled on January 1, 2015, or later.
The successful candidate will conduct his/her PhD in the department of External Environment for Agriculture and Policy Analysis under the supervision of Professor Dr. Martin Petrick. The research shall improve the understanding of agricultural land and water use evolution in Central Asia, via both qualitative and quantitative analysis. The selected candidate will conduct field research in several Central Asian countries and develop an economic model of land and water reforms in irrigated areas of the region.
- MSc. degree or equivalent in agricultural or development economics, rural studies, rural plan-ning or related fields;
- Knowledge of agricultural sector reforms in Central Asia;
- Expertise in econometric /programming skills, for example, using STATA and GAMS, or readiness to develop these skills;
- Interest in microeconomic and econometric analysis;
- Proven experience in planning, designing and implementing field research and data analysis;
- Flexibility and interest in primary data collection, e.g. via farm and household surveys in the region;
- Individual commitment to research;
- Fluency in English reading, writing and presentation;
- Communication skills in Russian and one of the regional languages are desirable;
- Communicability, openness and integrability into team work;
- Research experience in Central Asia and in the proposed research topic is of advantage.
- A unique research and qualification opportunity within a team of young scientists;
- Participation in the German Doctoral Certificate Programme in Agricultural Economics (www.agraroekonomik.de) with teaching in English language;
- Support to organization and collection of relevant data in the region;
- Support to model development, data analysis, simulations and thesis write-up;
- Financial support to participation in international and regional academic conferences;
- Support to the preparation of publications for topical peer-reviewed journals.
The successful candidate will become a member of the IAMO Graduate School and apply for a doc-toral degree from Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. During the analysis and writing-up period of the dissertation, the doctoral student will be based at IAMO in Halle (Saale), while the field research is supposed to be conducted in the study region. The scholarship is foreseen for 36 months and will cover living as well as operational (research) and travel costs. A standard scholarship is 1103,- EUR/month (tax exempt, excluding health insurance). The scholarship level is negotiable based on the qualification of the applicant and his/her research schedule. IAMO is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from female candidates. Physically handicapped persons with equal qualifications will be given preference.
Interested candidates should send a set of application documents in English language that include:
- Letter of motivation (maximum 1 page);
- Curriculum vitae;
- Copies of all relevant transcripts and certificates of bachelor, master or equivalent courses as well as English language certificates, if the MSc thesis was not written in English;
- Research concept on the proposed topic with the suggestion of objectives and methodology (maximum 2 pages);
- Names and contact information of two academic referees.
This set of application documents should be sent by e-mail as a single pdf-file to Prof. Dr. Martin Petrick (petrick[at]iamo.de). Applicants are requested to also submit electronic copies of their master/diploma thesis and (co-) authored scientific publications, if available.
IAMO is a public research institute that pursues basic and applied research in the field of agricultural economics. It is a member of the Leibniz Association, a German network of non-university research institutes.
Closing date for the application is December 1, 2014. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview via email.
Prof. Dr. Martin Petrick
Leibniz-Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Transformationsökonomien (IAMO)
06120 Halle (Saale)