Project SIMPLE - Erasamus+ EU programme for education

New career opportunities at ATSAF (Jan 2020)

1.     »Doctoral Research Position in Agricultural Economics (all genders welcome) Georg-August-University
Doctoral Researcher Position in Agricultural Economics/Development Economics (all genders welcome)
    Organisation/Funding Institute: Georg-August-University Goettingen - Faculty of Agricultural Science
    Deadline: 23.01.2020

The Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of the University of Goettingen has an opening for a doctoral researcher, starting March 2020. The position is part of the Chair of International  Food  Economics  and  Rural  Development (Professor Dr. MatinQaim). The  doctoral student  will  work  under  the  supervision  of  Professor  Qaim  and  Dr.  Bethelhem  Legesse  Debela. The position is for three years and the candidate is paid according to salary scale TVL-E13 (65%).

Your tasks
The doctoral researcher will analyze economic aspects of agricultural value chains in the context of developing  countries. The  research  involves  analyzing  gender aspects,  nutrition,  health,  and dimensions  of  human welfare. The  position  is part  of a  project  funded  by the German  Research Foundation  (DFG) and  carried  out  jointly  with  international  partners.  The  project  involves  data collection  in  Ethiopia  and  requires travelling  for  extended field research  stays.  Analyses  typically employ applied econometric techniques with the collected microdata. The doctoral researcher will be  based  in  Goettingen  (Germany)  and  will  participate  in  the  PhD  Program  of  the  Faculty  of Agricultural  Sciences. Concrete  questions  can  be  addressed  to  Dr.  Bethelhem  Legesse  Debela (

Your profile
The applicant should have a Masters’ degree in agricultural economics or ar elated discipline with very good results, be familiar with   quantitative research techniques in applied economics (especially econometrics), and have excellent oral and written English language skills. Experience with field work in developing countries would be an asset.

The University of Goettingen is an equal opportunity employer (F/M/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). In  many   areas   of   the University of Göttingen, women are underrepresented. Therefore, applications from women are especially appreciated and will be treated preferentially in domains where women are particularly underrepresented (if the appropriate qualification profile is met and legal constraints permit). The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The university firmly intends to raise the number of disabled persons in its employment. In the case of equally qualified applicants, disabled persons will be preferentially considered.

Application documents should include: a coverletter, CV, Master and Bachelor level certificates and transcripts,a summary of the Master thesis, and names and contact details of two academic references. Please  submit your application electronically by 23 January 2020 to Ms. Ilona Hoepfner ( as a single PDF document.

Please note:
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2.     »Scientist (m/f/d) with focus on silviculture, forest management and restoration of tropical forests
    Organisation/Funding Institution: Thünen Institute Hamburg
    Deadlines: 19.01.2020


The Thünen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, in Hamburg invites applications for a fulltime position in the working area “Forestry Worldwide” as
Scientist (m/f/d)  with focus on silviculture, forest management and restoration of tropical forests.
The position is limited to a fixed term of three (3) years and is to be filled as soon as possible. The position offers the opportunity for further development of scientific occupational skills with the goal to qualify for prominent tasks in scientific policy advice and applied research. The fixed-term employment is in accordance with §2 (1) 2 of the German Temporary Science Employment Law (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG).

The Thünen Institute of International Forestry is currently conducting the interdisciplinary research project “Landscape Forestry in the Tropics” (LaForeT, together with partners in Ecuador, Zambia and the Philippines aiming at findings for science based policy advice to reduce tropical deforestation.

Deforestation and degradation of tropical forest landscapes often result in negative outcomes for the provisioning of important ecosystem services for different land-user groups. They also represent the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions during land-use and land-use change. Therefore, research at the Thünen Institute aims at the elaboration of comprehensive analyses of silvicultural options for tropical natural forests, restoration and reforestation derived from examples in Ecuador, Zambia and the Philippines.

Within this project different silvicultural options for the improvement of forest land-use potentials shall be identified and proposals for appropriate management guidelines shall be derived. The holder of the position will have the opportunity to qualify scientifically in time-series analyses or modelling techniques.

•    Analyses of data sets from forest inventories in different forest types (primary, logged secondary forests, succession phases, forest plantations incl. soil data)
•    Analysis and assessment of effects from different silvicultural scenarios on potential forest use and selected ecosystem services
•    Cross-country data analyses for Ecuador, Philippines and Zambia
•    Development of a concept for the establishment and management of permanent sample plot networks of logged forests and reforestation measures with partner organizations from Ecuador, Zambia, Guatemala, Namibia and the Philippines
•    Presentation of research results at international conferences
•    Publications in international journals and policy briefs
•    Interdisciplinary cooperation within the team of the working area

Requirements (mandatory):

•    University degree (diploma/M.Sc.) in Forestry or a degree in related subjects, preferably with focus on tropical forest management
•    PhD, preferably in tropical silviculture or management of tropical forests
•    Very good command of English, good command of German (verbal and written, negotiating skills)
•    Work experience in tropical regions, fitness under tropical field conditions

Requirements (highly welcome):

•    Profound knowledge in ecology and biogeography of forest ecosystems worldwide
•    Experiences in silviculture of tropical natural forests and forest plantation management
•    Good knowledge of methods for the calculation of consequences of different silvicultural scenarios on forest use potentials and selected ecosystem services
•    Strong knowledge in statistics and analysis procedures
•    Openness, creativity and high motivation in taking over new tasks
•    Flexibility, team capacity, ability for intercultural and interdisciplinary cooperation and personal engagement are required

The employment is governed by the Wage Agreement for Public Services (TVöD-Bund). Remuneration is in accordance with tariff-category 13 TVöD. Part-time employment is in principal possible.

The Thünen Institute promotes equality between women and men in the workplace and therefore, expressly welcomes applications from women.

The Thünen Institute feels committed to inclusion. Therefore, applications of disabled persons are highly welcomed. These will be particularly considered.

For further inquiries please contact PD Dr. Günter (E-mail:

Preferably digital or written applications in English language (including motivation letter, CV, list of publications, certificates or letters of recommendation, names and addresses of personal references as a single pdf) should be submitted under the key word “Forest Management“until 19.01.2020 to

Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut

Institut für Internationale Waldwirtschaft und Forstökonomie

Dir. und Prof. Prof. Dr. Matthias Dieter

Leuschnerstr. 91, 21031 Hamburg