Economist as a post-doctoral researcher

We are a research institute of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science. The Munich Center for Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy studies, evaluates, anticipates and accompanies the micro- and mac-roeconomic aspects of demographic change. For our research unit “Life-Cycle Decisions”, we are looking for an

Economist as a post-doctoral researcher


with a sound knowledge of macroeconomic theory and economic modeling.

You will start as soon as possible and the initial employment contract will be for two years. An extension is intended.

Your Projects

You will model and simulate life-cycle decisions and their impacts on the macro-economy and on income and wealth inequality. Possible objects of research are retirement deci-sions, savings behavior, education and health investments for both time-consistent and time-inconsistent individuals, and how such decisions change under social policy reforms. These topics will be discussed within the context of demographic change and political de-velopments both in Europe and worldwide.

Your Profile

  • Ph.D. in economics or close to finishing your Ph.D.,
  • Strong interest in public economics and macroeconomic policy analysis,
  • Profound knowledge in economic theory (e.g. life cycle and OLG models, present-biased behavior),
  • Good knowledge in numerical methods in economics,
  • Programming experience in MATLAB and others (e.g. Fortran),
  • Fluency in English is required.

Our offer

We are an open-minded, motivated team of young researchers. We offer a stimulating research environment with excellent contacts in our international research networks.

Further studies towards postdoctoral qualification are welcome and explicitly supported. The compensation will be in accordance with TVöD and the relevant experience of the candidate (“Entgeltgruppe 13”). The place of employment is Munich.

The Max Planck Society wants to increase its proportion of female staff in those areas where women are underrepresented. Women are therefore explicitly encouraged to apply. The Max Planck Society strives to employ more disabled persons. Applications of disabled persons are therefore especially welcome.

For questions, please refer to Dr. Duarte Nuno Leite (semedo-leite© or to Klaus Härtl (haertl© Your electronic application should include:

  • CV,
  • a cover letter detailing your research interests,
  • a list of references,
  • a paper that best describes your research,
  • and academic transcripts

Please send your electronic application in one single pdf filebefore March 15, 2019 stating reference number 02-19 to hr©

Max-Planck-Institut für Sozialrecht und Sozialpolitik
Amalienstr. 33
80799 Munich

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