Senior Research Fellow (Post-doc) in Public Economics (f/m/d)
Advertiser: Public Economics, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance
Field(s) of specialization: Public Economics
Position type(s): Postdoctoral Scholar
Location of job: Marstallstrasse 8, Marstallplatz 1, Munich, 80539, Germany (map)
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: 3 years
Letters of reference required: 3
Application deadline: 22 Nov 2021 midnight UTC (no longer accepting applications)
Current search status: Interview scheduling completed
Posting end date: 22 Nov 2021
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting December, 2021.
Ad text:

The Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance is a member institute of the Max Planck Society. It provides access to an outstanding research infrastructure and sound financial resources for research. It has two academic departments. The department of Public Economics consists of researchers whose professional background is economics and who have their professional training in this field. The Department pursues basic research in the area of Public Economics / Political Economy - described as the study of the origin, the functioning and the financing of the state and other polities or private groups, and their interaction.

The Department announces the opening of a position as
Senior Research Fellow (Post-doc) in Public Economics (f/m/d)

The department of Public Economics, headed by Prof. Kai A. Konrad invites applications by researchers with excellent skills in economic theory as well as in experimental internet-survey-based research to apply for a position as postdoc. Candidates are expected to hold a Ph.D. in economics, or be close to finishing their PhD, and ideally have a strong background in internet based survey experiments. The working language is English. Basic knowledge of German language is nevertheless desirable/useful.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute are expected to collaborate on ongoing as well as future basic research projects in various subfields in public economics / political economy of conflict, participate in the design of projects, take up responsibility for survey design and implementation, and pursue the publication of their research in leading international scientific journals.

A non-exhaustive but illustrative set of current/ongoing example topics/projects is

• International conflict and competition between nation states

• Intergenerational and international equity and conflict

• Individual attitudes towards state paternalism – its quantification, its causes and its effects

We offer a full-time position. The term of appointment is three years, but can be extended to a maximum of six years. The position does not include teaching obligations. We offer competitive salaries and generous funding for experiments and any other research-targeted activities. Remuneration is in accordance with the collective agreement for the public service (TVöD-Bund), EG14 - depending on qualifications and professional experience.

The deadline for applications is 22 November 2021. We will be interviewing selected candidates via Zoom during the week of 6-12 December 2021. All applicants are required to submit their application online at A complete application will include an application letter, a current CV with a list of publications, the job market paper and three reference letters.

For further information on the institute, please visit our website at

You may also contact the office by phone at +49-89-24246-5251 or via email at

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are under-represented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.

Submission materials required
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Job market paper
  • Video presentation of job market paper (optional)
  • Additional paper (optional)
  • Reference letter (optional)
  • Additional paper (optional)
  • Letters of reference: 3
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