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Scientist (m/f/d) with focus on international forest and wood roducts market modelling

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 ‘forest products markets’ as

Scientist (m/f/d)

with focus on international forest and wood products market modelling (ID 2020-42-WF).

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 possibility to pursue the Doctorate. For the doctoral graduation, the Thünen Institute collaborates with a number of universities. The fixed-term employment is in accordance with §2 (1) 1 of the German Temporary Science Employment Law (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG).

The Thünen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics is currently further developing an economic and dynamic global forest products market model (GFPM). The adapted GFPM simulates production, consumption and trade of roundwood, sawnwood, wood-based panels, pulps, cellulose based materials as well as paper products and waste paper for 180 countries. Main task of the position would be to refine the simulation of forest development in the economic model with the aim to adequate estimating roundwood supply in an economic model. The holder of the position will have the opportunity to qualify scientifically in econometrics, programming and modelling techniques.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Refine the simulation of forest development and roundwood supply in the global wood market model GFPM using relevant theoretical explanation approaches (e.g. Kuznets Curve, Forest Transition Curve)
  • Review and analysis of available literature and data
  • Econometric estimation of new model parameters
  • Participation in the development of interfaces within the modelling framework of the Thünen Institute
  • Participation in the development of scenarios within the modelling framework of the Thünen Institute and implementation of these scenarios in the adapted GFPM
  • Presentation of results at meetings and conferences
  • Writing of scientific publications

Professional requirements

  • University degree (Diploma / M. Sc.) in Forestry or Wood Products Management or related disciplines with an economic focus or in Environmental and Bioresources Management or Economics with experience in forestry and wood markets
  • Knowledge in using (mathematical) simulation models
  • Experience in the analysis and treatment of statistical data
  • Knowledge in econometrics
  • Knowledge in programming with R and Python
  • First experience in the preparation of scientific publications

Personal requirements

  • Flexibility, commitment, capacity and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Goal-oriented and independent way of working
  • Ability to analyze and present complex economic and scientific facts
  • Ability to abstraction and networked thinking
  • Good command of English (written and spoken), German language skills are desirable
  • Willingness to travel on business

We offer the possibility to work in an interdisciplinary and stimulating scientific environment. Our research questions are of high relevance at the intersection between basic and applied forest science and economy. As the professional and personal development of our employees is important to us, the Thünen Institute offers flexible working hours and the possibility for further training and qualification. Part-time employment is in principal possible. The employment is governed by the Wage Agreement for Public Services (TVöD-Bund). Salary is in accordance with category 13 TVöD.

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 Dr. Holger Weimar (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 ‘2020-42-WF’ no later than 30.04.2020 to


Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut

Institut für Internationale Waldwirtschaft und Forstökonomie

Dir. und Prof. Prof. Dr. Matthias Dieter

Leuschnerstr. 91, 21031 Hamburg

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