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.

PhD position "Analysis of agricultural policies in the Russian Federation"

The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) in Halle (Saale), Germany, invites applications for a

PhD position "Analysis of agricultural policies in the Russian Federation"

for a period of 36 months. The position is to be filled on July 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 joint supervision of Professor Dr. Herzfeld and Professor Dr. Petrick. The research shall improve the understanding of agricultural policy formation and impacts in the Russian Federation, via both qualitative and quantitative analysis.

We expect:

1. MSc. degree or equivalent in agricultural economics, economics, political sciences or related fields;

2. Interest in microeconomic, econometric and political economy analysis;

3. Individual commitment to research;

4. Fluency in English reading, writing and presentation;

5. Communication skills in German and Russian are desirable;

6. Expertise in econometric modelling, e.g. using STATA, or readiness to develop these skills;

7. Experience in planning, designing and implementing stakeholder research in a transition environment is desirable;

8. Knowledge of agricultural policy reform in Russia is desirable;

9. Ability and openness to work in an international team.

We offer:

1. A unique research and qualification opportunity within a team of young scientists;

2. Participation in the German Doctoral Certificate Programme in Agricultural Economics ( with teaching in English language;

3. Support to organization and collection of relevant data in the region;

4. Support to model development, data analysis, simulations and thesis write-up;

5. Financial support to participation in international and regional academic conferences;

6. 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 doctoral 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). 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:

1. Letter of motivation (maximum 1 page);

2. Curriculum vitae;

3. 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;

4. Research concept on the proposed topic with the suggestion of objectives and methodology (maximum 2 pages);

5. 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. Thomas Herzfeld (herzfeld[at] 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 May 30, 2015. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview via e-mail.

Contact address:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Herzfeld
Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)
Theodor-Lieser-Str. 2
06120 Halle (Saale)

Senior Researcher or Post-Doc

The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) is a leading international research center on agricultural, agribusiness and rural development in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, China and the EU. The department of Structural Development of Farms and Rural Areas seeks to strengthen its capacity within its research area Economics of Structural Change with an outstanding

Senior Researcher or Post-Doc

The candidate is expected to pursue own research ideas, though priority will be given to candidates whose interests complement one or more areas of the department. Core research areas of the department comprise analysis of farm performance, vertical and horizontal cooperation, land markets, investment, large farm management and economics of agroholdings. Relevant methodological approaches include agent-based modelling, experimental economics, econometrics, as well as efficiency and productivity analysis. Results are published in internationally recognized journals and disseminated to decision-makers in the business and policy spheres.

The ideal candidate will fulfil the following requirements:

  • Exceptional doctoral degree in agricultural economics or a related field.
  • Strong analytical skills, if possible including agent-based modeling, experimental or econometric methods.
  • Experience in project management, leadership skills, and high ability to work in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated expertise including a strong publication record in relevant research areas.
  • Proficiency in oral and written English.

The contract is initially limited to 3 years, but may be renewed. Based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications, the salary is determined by the E14 / E13 levels of the German TV-L pay scale.

IAMO is an equal opportunity employer. Female researchers are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications from disabled persons will be preferred in cases of equal qualification. IAMO offers an excellent infrastructure and a stimulating research environment in an international, ambitious, and multidisciplinary team.

For further information, please contact Dr. Franziska Schaft (schaft[at] or visit our website

Applications with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list and contact information of two academic references should be sent via email to:

Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)
Prof. Dr. Alfons Balmann
Email: balmann[at], cc: schaft[at]

Applications will be considered until April 30, 2015 or until the position is filled. The preferred starting date is June 1, 2015. Solicitation costs cannot be reimbursed.

At the moment there are no vacancies.