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"Es geht um die Balance zwischen Freiraum und Lernen"
An interview with an apprentice trainer and her last apprentice in the Thünen-Institute in Waldsieversdorf
(in German)

(Source: Wissenschaft erleben 2013/2)

Job Offers

Job offers of the Thünen Institute

Junior Researcher (f/m/d) (PhD Candidate - Crop Production Economist)

The Institute of Farm Economics of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, in Braunschweig is offering a full-time position (currently 39 hours per week) for a

Junior Researcher (f/m/d)

(PhD Candidate - Crop Production Economist)

in the research project „International competitiveness of crop production and changing production systems“. The vacancy is assigned to the agri benchmark Cash Crop team.

The position is to be filled as soon as possible and is limited to 4 years. The position is directed at promoting the academic qualification and includes the possibility to use own research results from the project for writing a PhD thesis. The Thünen-Institute therefore maintains cooperations with different universities in Germany. The temporal contract-limitation is based on § 2 Abs. 1 S. 1 Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz.


  • Analyse key differences in agro-climatic conditions and respective crop production systems and their economics for selected key crop production countries
  • Identify and analyse key challenges in crop production (e.g. available inputs, environmental regulations)
  • Identify and assess economically viable options for growers to manage these challenges
  • Derive thereof scientific based recommendations for policy makers
  • Organize and lead on-farm data collection (data gathering, checking and analysing)
  • Prepare reports, presentations and academic publication

Professional requirements

  • University degree (M.Sc.) in agricultural sciences with a focus on agricultural economics
  • Solid knowledge of crop production systems and experience in economic analysis of farms and farming systems is a strong plus.
  • Practical experience in crop farming is a benefit
  • Ability to travel in Germany and abroad (driving licence and willingness to fly), in conjunction with high flexibility

Personal requirements:

  • Interest in working on scientific questions
  • Analytical thinking, critical judgement
  • Good communication skills
  • Team-oriented and independent working, ability to cooperate with partners and co-workers
  • Candidates must be fluent in English (written and spoken) as this the working language in the team
  • German and other language’ skills are a benefit
  • Interest and ability to cooperate with international research institutions and advisory services

We offer work in an active and stimulating scientific environment on questions of high relevance at the interface between practical crop production and economics. The Thünen Institute offers a family-friendly environment, flexible working hours and the possibility for further training and qualification.

The employment relationship is governed by the provisions of the German Tariff Agreement for Public Services (TVöD-Bund) and includes comprehensive health, social, and pension insurances. The salary is according to remuneration group 13 TVöD. If interest is expressed, it will be assessed whether a part-time position of employment is possible.

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

The Thünen-Institute takes responsibility to be an equal opportunity employer and explicitely encourages individuals with disabilities to apply, subject to required qualifications. Only a minimum degree of physical aptitude is needed.

Please contact Dr. Thomas de Witte, phone 0531-596-5122 (E-Mail: for enquiries about the position.

Please send your application by 20.11.2019 preferably electronically as a single pdf document by using the keyword 2019-26-BW to the following address:

Dir. and Prof. Dr. Hiltrud Nieberg

Thünen-Institute of Farm Economics

Informations about Artikel 13 DSGVO:

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