DIW Berlin: One Postdoc or Research Associate

The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) is one of the leading economic research institutes in Germany. Our core mandates are applied economic research and economic policy consulting, and providing a research infrastructure. As an independent, non-profit institution, we are committed to serving the common good and, as a member of the Leibniz Association, we are predominantly publicly funded. DIW Berlin works in close cooperation with the universities of Berlin and Brandenburg and is part of the international research community.

The Berlin Aging Study II (BASE-II) is a joint project of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, the Max Planck Institute of Human Development, the University of Tübingen, the Geriatrics Research Group at Charité Hospital in Berlin, and DIW Berlin, and is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The subprojects of the Berlin Aging Study that are based in the Socio-Economic Panel at DIW Berlin deal with survey methodological questions of data quality and health economics analysis.

For the BASE II Study, DIW Berlin is seeking to fill the following positions immediately:

One Postdoc or Research Associate (in the field of health economics / labor economics)


  • Independent analysis of subjective and objective health measures
  • Participation in research-based projects in health economics


  • Qualified bachelor’s or master’s degree in economics with a focus on empirical research, ideally with a completed doctoral degree
  • Interest in providing research-based policy advice
  • Outstanding knowledge of quantitative empirical social research methods (experience using panel data is advantageous)
  • Good teaching skills and an interest in interdisciplinary cooperation
  • Research experience abroad; good command of written and spoken English

We offer a stimulating academic environment for independent research in the economic and social sciences and outstanding infrastructural facilities. The positions include the possibility of attaining higher postdoctoral academic qualifications in cooperation with Berlin universities. Both contracts are initially limited to the period of project funding (3 years); a contract may, in principle, be extended or converted into a permanent position. The salary is determined based on EG 13 of the TVöD/Bund pay scale, depending on personal and professional qualifications. Part-time employment is possible.

Please submit your application citing reference “SOEP-1-12” by February 26, 2012 to DIW Berlin, Legal and Personnel Department, E-Mail: Bewerbung@diw.de. If you have any questions, please contact Martin Kroh or Thomas Siedler.