Prof. Frank Pisch PhD (see current homepage) at the Chair of Microeconomics, Department of Law and Economics, at Technische Universität Darmstadt invites applications for a

Doctoral Position (Research Assistant) – 50%

located in the Frankfurt/Darmstadt area in Germany, with a fixed-term contract for 3 years. It may be possible to increase working hours up to 75% of a full time position.

Your position

You will join the team around Prof. Pisch as a PhD Candidate and contribute to the chair’s research and teaching activities. The general research areas include International, Organisational and Environmental Economics with a focus on empirical/applied work. Typical projects revolve around firms in international commerce, global value chains, multinational corporations and their organisation, as well as the corporate ecological footprint. English is the main working language at the chair.

Your profile

At the time of starting, a successful candidate holds a completed university degree/Masters degree (very good or distinction) in an economics- or business-related field of study, with an interest in joining the PhD programme at the GSEFM.

The candidate is highly motivated to undertake excellent empirical research in one of the chair’s fields of expertise. An applicant has experience in statistical and/or econometric data analysis as well as some proficiency in digital suites used for it, like Stata or R. Full proficiency in English is necessary, while German is not. Our team is devoted to maintaining a diverse and creative environment.

We offer

  • Excellent supervision and a network of outstanding researchers across the Rhein-Main Universities (TU Darmstadt, Goethe University Frankfurt, University of Mainz)
  • An international research environment with ideal conditions to pursue empirical research with “big” micro-level datasets right at the frontier
  • A great team experience and support for various PhD activities: summer schools, visiting positions abroad, Job Market support etc.
  • A competitive salary and flexible work arrangements in the vibrant Rhein-Main area

Your Contributions

  • Supporting the chair’s teaching activities (thesis supervision, course teaching, evaluation)
  • Contributions to the chair’s research agenda, including assistance and co-authoring
  • Active participation in our group’s university life

Opportunity for further qualification (doctoral dissertation) is given. The fulfillment of the duties likewise enables the scientific qualifications of the candidate.

The Technische Universität Darmstadt intends to increase the number of female employees and encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications applicants with a degree of disability of at least 50 or equal will be given preference. Wages and salaries are according to the collective agreements on salary scales, which apply to the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TV-TU Darmstadt).


Please send your application including CV, a statement of motivation (1 page; motivation for pursuing a PhD, qualifications for a PhD, and description of research interests), and current transcripts to Letters of reference are welcome, but not mandatory.


For further information please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Pisch directly. Contact details: Technische Universität Darmstadt, Fachgebiet Mikroökonomie, Prof. Frank Pisch PhD, Hochschulstrasse 1, DE-64289 Darmstadt,, +49 6151 16 57273

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Code No. 532

Published on

September 14, 2021

Application deadline

September 28, 2021