Post-doctoral Researcher (m/f/d) | Applied Economics

Scientist Munich
Social Sciences

Job Code: Reference Number 05-21

Job Offer from March 16, 2021

We are a research institute of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science. The Munich Center for Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy studies, evaluates, anticipates and accompanies the micro- and macro­economic aspects of demographic change. For our research unit “Life-Cycle Decisions”, we are looking for a Post-doctoral Researcher in Economics (m/f/d) with a strong knowledge of modelling. As a candidate, you will have expertise or an interest in the economics of aging and complement the research interests and skills of other members of the unit.

You will start as soon as possible. The contract will last until 31 December 2022.

Your Profile

  • Ph.D. in economics or close to finishing your Ph.D.,
  • Strong interest in public economics and economic policy analysis,
  • Demonstrated capacity or potential for high-quality publications in economics,
  • Ability to work independently – and willingness to collaborate with other members of the research unit – on projects related to the economics of aging (see below),
  • Strong knowledge of economic theory, econometrics and/or expertise in structural estimation are an asset,
  • Experience with Matlab, STATA and/or similar programming languages, e.g. FORTRAN
  • Fluency in English

Your Projects

We expect you to work on research questions concerning life-cycle decisions of individuals such as: savings, labor market participation, retirement, and their impact on wealth, health and the need for long-term care. The analysis of policy reforms and their distributional impacts will form the core of your research. You will have excellent opportunities to work with the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), which is managed by MEA.

Our offer

We are an open-minded, motivated team of researchers. We offer a stimulating research environment with excellent contacts in our international research networks. MEA is part of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy and is based in the heart of Munich, a vibrant city home to many excellent researchers in economics. Further studies towards postdoctoral qualification are welcome and explicitly supported.

The compensation will be in accordance with TVöD and the relevant experience of the candidate (“Entgeltgruppe 13”). The place of employment is Munich.

We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from men and women, including disabled people, from all cultural backgrounds and ethnic origins.

For questions, please email Dr. Ivo Bakota () and/or Dr. Todd Morris (). Your electronic application should include:

  • CV,
  • a cover letter detailing your research interests,
  • a list of a minimum of two references (or, submit the letters of reference directly),
  • one or two papers that best describe your research,
  • and academic transcripts

 Please send your electronic application in one single pdf file before April 18, 2021 stating reference number 05-21 to

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Interviews will be held virtually in the end of April 2021.

Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy
Amalienstr. 33
80799 Munich

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