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

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.

We expect:

  1. MSc. degree or equivalent in agricultural or development economics, rural studies, rural plan-ning or related fields;
  2. Knowledge of agricultural sector reforms in Central Asia;
  3. Expertise in econometric /programming skills, for example, using STATA and GAMS, or readiness to develop these skills;
  4. Interest in microeconomic and econometric analysis;
  5. Proven experience in planning, designing and implementing field research and data analysis;
  6. Flexibility and interest in primary data collection, e.g. via farm and household surveys in the region;
  7. Individual commitment to research;
  8. Fluency in English reading, writing and presentation;
  9. Communication skills in Russian and one of the regional languages are desirable;
  10. Communicability, openness and integrability into team work;
  11. Research experience in Central Asia and in the proposed research topic is of advantage.

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 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:

  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. Martin Petrick (petrick[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 December 1, 2014. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview via email.

Contact address:
Prof. Dr. Martin Petrick
Leibniz-Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Transformationsökonomien (IAMO)
Theodor-Lieser-Straße 2
06120 Halle (Saale)

Please see the vacancy announcement here for download.