DIE: vacancy | Head of Research Programme (f/m/diverse) “transformation of economic and social systems”

The Faculty of Law and Economics at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) are looking for a joint appointment as of 1 March 2022 of a

Head of Programme (f/m/diverse) fof the research programme “Transformation of Economic and Social Systems” of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) combined with a Cooperation Professorship (W2) for International Economics / Development Economics (University of Bonn).

DIE is one of the world’s leading research institutions in the field of global sustainable development. It carries out advisory and training tasks on the basis of its own independent research. DIE’s research programme “Transformation of Economic and Social Systems” is co-chaired by Dr. Altenburg. It explores economic and social policy strategies that enable development in line with the 2030 Agenda, as well as flanking reform options of the global economic regulatory framework, its instruments and institutions (global economic governance). The focus is on developing and emerging countries. The 35 staff members of the programme (31 scientists including six PhD students) are organized in four research areas: (1) world economy and development finance; (2) structural change and inclusive development; (3) green economy; and (4) social policy, poverty and inequality. The research areas have an economic focus with interdisciplinary connectivity.

The research is theory-driven, based on empirical analyses using a variety of social science methods, and application-oriented. The spectrum includes quantitative empirical analyses of comprehensive data sets (e.g., on trade policy issues or income inequality), modelling and political economy analyses of social and economic policies (e.g., for climate protection or poverty reduction), as well as behavioral experiments and qualitative case study-based analyses. The programme contributes to the most recent theoretical debates and methodological innovations in economic research, paying greater attention to strategically acting actors and their agency, market failures (e.g., environmental externalities), and historical or societal context (drawing on evolutionary economics, environmental economics, and institutional economics).


  • Research profile in economics; high-level publications in key theories and methods of the discipline.
  • Openness to diversity of theory and methods, collaboration with other academic disciplines and socio-political actors.
  • Networking and international visibility in at least one of the four research areas listed above, preferably in international economics.
  • Ability to identify innovative research topics addressing societal challenges, to engage other scholars in these topics, to build and guide interdisciplinary research groups.
  • Proven ability to derive practical solutions from theory-driven research and to efficiently organize the transfer of knowledge into practice.
  • Experience in attracting competitive external funding.
  • Experience in university teaching. The candidate is also expected to supervise doctoral students in economics in the Bonn Graduate School of Economics  and to participate in teaching in the DIE postgraduate programme.

Expected qualifications

  • Completed university studies, doctorate, ‘Habilitation’ or equivalent scientific achievements in economics.
  • Sound, excellent knowledge and relevant scientific publications in one of the four research areas mentioned above, preferably in the field of global economics.
  • Experience in managing research projects as well as in policy consulting.
  • Experience in personnel management and leading teams.
  • Research experience in Asia, Africa, or Latin America.
  • Very good language skills in English. Acquisition of good German language skills is expected in the first two years.
  • Co-leadership of a research programme of this magnitude requires on-site presence. Willingness to relocate to the region is therefore required.

The W2 professorship in International Economics / Development Economics – located at the Faculty of Law and Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Bonn – is based on the “Jülich Model” (leave of absence model). Teaching of 1.5 weekly hours per semester is expected (BA/MA). The appointment of the professorship and programme management is for an unlimited period. The appointment will be made in consultation with the shareholders of the DIE.

The University of Bonn and the DIE are committed to diversity and equal opportunities. They are certified as family-friendly institutions. The University of Bonn has a Dual Career Service. The goal of the University and the DIE is to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are underrepresented and to particularly promote their careers. Applications are handled in accordance with the State Equal Opportunity Act and the Federal Equal Opportunity Act. In the event of equal suitability of severely disabled applicants*, these persons will be given priority in the appointment process.

Applicants are requested to submit their documents in English (curriculum vitae, research concept for the programme [max 5. pages], list of publications, indication of third-party funds raised, list of courses, course evaluations, description of leadership and consulting experience, copies of certificates and diplomas) to the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Economics at the University of Bonn (Am Hof 1, D-53113 Bonn) in electronic form (PDF file with max. 15 MB to dekanat@rsf.uni-bonn.de) by 15 October 2021. For data protection reasons, please note that the documents will be forwarded to the members of the appointment committee.

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Source: Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), 14 September 2021