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Starts 2024-10-01. Duration: 3 years
Mercator School of Management www
University of Duisburg-Essen www
Research Assistant  •  Doctoral student
Various fields
International Trade  •  Labor; Demographic Economics  •  Macroeconomics; Monetary  •  Microeconomics  •  Public Economics  •  Urban; Rural; Regional Economics  •  Health; Education; Welfare
22 Mar 2024
2 Jun 2024
2 Jun 2024

“Regional Disparities and Economic Policy”

Research Training Group funded by the German Research Foundation

Up to 7 Fully-funded Doctoral Research Positions, 75% TVL E13

The causes and consequences of regional disparities are subject to a lively debate both in academia and in public. Our Graduate Program in “Regional Disparities and Economic Policy” aims to provide an outstanding education for doctoral students in its research area while at the same time contributing to frontier research in the fields of labor, public, macro, gender, health and regional/urban economics.

Combining the expertise of eleven professors with different methodological skills, data access and institutional knowledge from the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Ruhr-University of Bochum and the Technical University Dortmund, our research training group promises internationally visible scientific output and an excellent academic training environment for PhD candidates.

Application deadline June 2, 2024. For the full-text of the Call for Applications and Application Instructions, please visit

We offer up to 7 fully-funded doctoral research positions (75%, TV-L E13, 3 years with the possibility of continuation funding) for the cohort of students to enter in October 2024.

What we offer:

  • A tailor-made qualification program, enabling high-quality PhD dissertations in three years, including targeted course-work, funding for (international) research stays, conference and summer school participation, as well as an excellent supervision environment and job market support.
  • A unique research environment and infrastructure in the dynamic Ruhr Valley Region in Germany, with principal investigators from four different economics departments, an extensive network of local and international expertise that is regularly tied into the qualification and research program.
  • We are dedicated to the promotion of equal opportunity and diversity and therefore encourage applications from females, minority groups, parents, and people with different national backgrounds.
  • The program is in English and we support accepted international students in obtaining visa, housing, etc.

What we expect from successful candidates:

  • A master’s degree in Economics or a related field completed by October 2024. A strong background in Economics is desired, but can to some extent be compensated by a strong background in Mathematics or Statistics.
  • Advanced skills in econometrics as well as experience in programming and in dealing with large data sets is advantageous.
  • A strong passion for research and a willingness to engage in one or more sub-fields within economics, including labor, public, macro, gender, or health economics, with the purpose of capturing and analyzing regional disparities in the selected field.

The RTG subscribes to the principles outlined in the Code of Ethics of the German Economic Association. We cherish values of professional and intellectual integrity, honesty, care, and transparency—and oppose any discriminatory behavior or harassment.

To apply, send a message to (See posting for details.)

Location of job: See advertisement
Degree required: Masters
Job start date: 2024-10-01
Job duration: 3 years
Letters of reference required: 2
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting June, 2024.

Zürich, Switzerland
Flexible start date. Duration: 2 years
Department of Economics www
University of Zurich www
Research Assistant (Pre-Doc)
Any field
28 Mar 2024
22 Apr 2024
27 Apr 2024

The Department of Economics of the University of Zurich invites applications for the position of a Full-Time Predoctoral Research Associate in Economics. The Research Associate receives an appointment of two years at the Department of Economics and will work closely with Prof. David Dorn.

The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in developing cutting-edge empirical research. It will support research projects on labor markets, globalization, technological change, and political economy.

Specific responsibilities include obtaining, organizing and cleaning data, analysing data using statistical software, presenting results, and writing documentation and reports. See for past research projects and data outputs.

Job Qualifications:

  • Experience: Candidates should have hands-on experience with statistical software, ideally including Stata and possibly Matlab or R. Formal post-undergraduate professional experience is not required.
  • Education: This position is usually filled by those with a Bachelor's or Master’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, mathematics, statistics, or related fields. Training in microeconomics, econometrics, and statistics is required.
  • Communication: Good oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of German is not required.
  • Time Management: Proven ability to handle several different projects/tasks at one time, successfully complete tasks assigned, and meet deadlines. A willingness to work hard, be self-motivated and learn will be essential for doing well in this position.
  • Citizenship: Both EU citizens and non-EU citizens are welcome to apply.

The Pre-Doc is a full-time position with a flexible start date around September 2024 and end date in summer 2026. It offers a competitive salary. The successful candidate will join a motivated team of young researchers in Zurich who work in a dynamic environment that offers frequent interaction with other research assistants, PhD students, faculty members, and access to seminar series (see Alumni of the University of Zurich’s Pre-Doc program have subsequently gone on to many prestigious PhD programs in Europe and the United States.

Complete applications including motivation letter, CV, and academic transcripts should be uploaded via this application link. Applicants should also arrange for two reference letters, ideally written by supervisors of past research-related activities. The screening of applications will start on April 22, 2024. If you have questions please contact

To apply, visit (See posting for details.)

Location of job: Schönberggasse 1, Zürich, 8001, Switzerland
Degree required: Bachelors
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: 2 years
Letters of reference required: 3
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting May, 2024.