Doctoral Position (75%) / Postdoctoral Position (100%) - Political Economy

We are seeking at the Chair of Political Economy (Prof. Dr. Nora Szech) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) to fill a

Doctoral Position (75%) / Postdoctoral Position (100%)

We work theoretically and empirically (via experiments) on questions of institutions and morals, information design, and market engineering. You are free in choosing your own research topics, yet there should be some relation to our focus topics. For this position, some interest in behavioral economics would be important. Details you can find on

Our students mostly stem from the selective program of Economics and Engineering. The courses we teach at the chair cover topics from behavioral economics and market design. Teaching duties are as light as possible: As a doctoral student, you would be involved in 3x45 min. of teaching per week during the semester. As a postdoc, it would be 4x45 min. per week during the semester.

At the KIT, we have built up a state-of-the-art laboratory for economic experiments, the KD2 Lab, with 40 cubicles. Of course, you can use this facility.

Next to our local research seminar, we participate in regular workshops (HeiKaMax, HeiKaMaxY) with the universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim in order to foster the regional exchange, with a specific focus on behavioral economics.

The following qualifications are required seeking your consideration for this position:
•    Excellent academic results
•    Interest in teaching behavioral courses
•    Team player
•    Enthusiasm and professional attitude
•    Reliable and independent worker
•    Good communication skills
•    Very good English language skills

The position can start on April 15th, 2019 or later and is limited to one year with a possibility of continuation according to the WissZeitVG (Fixed-Term Contracts in Science Act). The Remuneration is based on the Collective Agreement for the Public Service Sector (TV-L, E13 provided that personal preconditions are given).

We offer an attractive and modern workplace with access to excellent facilities of KIT, diverse and responsible tasks, a wide scope of advanced training options, supplementary pension with the VBL (Pension Authority for Employees in the Public Service Sector), flexible working time models, a job ticket (BW) allowance, and a cafeteria/canteen.

We prefer to balance the number of employees (m/w/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job. If qualified, severely disabled persons will be preferred.

Please apply by email to the secretary Sibille Hackel: before February, 28th 2018, with standard documents (cover letter, CV, grades from Abitur or equivalent, university degrees). Applicants for a PhD position should ask their references to send at least one reference letter, postdoc applicants should make sure that three letters of reference are sent directly. For further information, please contact Sibille Hackel.

Further details can be found on our website:

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