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Post-doctoral scientist (economist)

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant and environmental sciences. The IGZ has sites in Großbeeren (close to Berlin) and Erfurt, and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts strategic and international research for sustainable production and use of vegetables and ornamentals, contributing to healthy nutrition, human well-being and the conservation of natural resources. At IGZ, researchers from the different areas of science work together across disciplines.
 
Horticultural plant systems can have a high relevance for the economic development process in low and middle income countries. The high labour demands and the high value added in the vegetable and ornamental sectors offer above average opportunities for employment creation and poverty reduction. Horticultural activity offers a unique opportunity to strengthen both income and food security for smallholder farmers. Moreover, people displaced by conflict and instability can turn to garden production to supplement incomes and diets. Small scale vegetable production by women can also help re-dress traditional gender norms. At the same time, vegetable and ornamental crops are important elements of national and global value chains and play an increasing role in organic and fair trade production systems. Combining biological and economic knowledge can then help to build horticultural production systems which make a sustainable contribution to socio-economic development.
 
In this context, we are starting a project on
 
Food security and nutrition in areas of conflict - the role of home gardens and local horticultural production
 
We are looking for a
Post-doctoral scientist (economist)
Reference number: 06/2015/D
 
(Salary and benefits are according to public service regulations in Germany, EG 13 TV-L, salary domain Ost, 100% of the regular working time. Employment will be initially for two years.)
 
The successful candidate will
  • participate in the project
  • interact with with partners and collaborators
  • contribute to grant applications in the subject area
  • publish project results
 
We expect
  • a graduate degree in economics
  • an excellent academic record
  • experience in international economic development, in particular at the micro level
  • an interest in horticultural production systems and processes
  • excellent English communication skills
  • additional language proficiency is an advantage
 
We offer
  • a demanding job in an interdisciplinary environment
  • an attractive workplace in the Berlin area
 
Interested candidates should send a CV, a one-page statement of research interests and experience, copies of high-school and academic certificates and the names of two referees. Selection process will start immediately until the position is filled.
 
Contact: Prof. Dr. Eckhard George (033701 78 131; george@igzev.de, www.igzev.de).
 
IGZ is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed and trained preferentially.
 
Please send your application under information of the reference number by the 20 of February 2015 to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online to personal@igzev.de

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Please send your application under information of the reference number by the 20 of February 2015 to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online to personal@igzev.de

Job profile


Working hours
Full-Time
Contract duration
Temporary
Type of job
Postdoc
Work experience
jobexperience is required
Region
Germany (Brandenburg)
Working place
14979 Großbeeren
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences
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