University of Freiburg, Germany Doctoral or Postdoctoral Researchers

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The Chair of Environmental Economics and Resource Management at the University of Freiburg, Germany, Prof. Dr. Stefan Baumgärtner, is seeking two

Doctoral or Postdoctoral Researchers
in Ecological, Environmental and Resource Economics

beginning October 1, 2018 or the earliest date thereafter. The position is in the BMBF-funded project RUINS, remunerated under state salary scheme TV-L E13 (100% for PostDoc, 75% for Pre-Doc), and limited to a term of three years.

The project RUINS studies preferences and decision under Knightian uncertainty / ambiguity. The case study is land management and ecosystem services under climate change at the German North Sea coast. One of the two positions studies the theory of uncertainty preferences and insurance against uncertainty; the other one studies empirically – in a survey and behavioral experiments in the lab and in the field – the actual uncertainty preferences of stakeholders in the study region.


  • cutting-edge research in one of the two RUINS-subprojetcs mentioned above
  • exchange and integration of research results with other RUINS-subprojects
  • publication of research results in academic journals and presentation at international
  • presentations and reports to the funding agency

Ideal profile:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in economics or another relevant field
  • strong research motivation in one of the research areas mentioned above
  • very good expertise in microeconomics, preferably about risk, uncertainty and
    insurance and/or experimental preference elicitation
  • at least good German and English language proficiency (oral and written)
  • for the empirical preference study: the social and practical skills to carry out a survey
    and experiments with stakeholders in the study region
  • independence, reliability and good communication skills

We offer:

  • an attractive work environment within an interdisciplinary and international team at
    one of the best universities of Europe
  • support for building your own independent scientific career (networking, mentoring,
    projects, habilitation, funding and leading a junior research group, etc.)

For questions, you may contact: Stefan Baumgärtner by email at or phone +49 761 2033753.

Send your application (including cover letter, CV, transcripts, names and contact information of two academic references) as one single PDF via email to

Screening of applications begins on July 25, 2018; the position remains open until filled.


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