Postdoc opportunity on clusters in Germany...

From: Frans Hermans <>
Sent: 06 June 2018 18:17
To: Teis Hansen <>
Subject: post-doc position Trafobit

The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies 
(IAMO) in Halle (Saale), Germany, invites applications for a

Post-doc position (until July 1st, 2021)

Development and application of novel methods to study the occurrence and 
development of bioclusters in Europe

The post-doctoral researcher will work within the project: "The Role and 
Functions of Bioclusters in the Transition to a Bioeconomy" (TRAFOBIT), funded 
by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). TRAFOBIT investigates 
the role of so-called bioclusters in which businesses, governments, research 
institutes and universities work together with the aim to replace our current 
fossil based sources of carbon with renewable ones. The TRAFOBIT project aims 
to explore the innovation and transition processes that occur inside 
bioclusters and the interaction of bioclusters at different societal levels: 
local, regional, national and international. The project holds an 
interdisciplinary perspective aiming to combine theoretical insights and 
methods from sociology, innovation science, economic geography, ecological 
economics and mathematics.


The post-doctoral researcher will develop and apply novel methods to study the 
occurrence and development of bioclusters within different European contexts. 
This means that he or she will:

-        Lead the efforts to identify and characterize different types of 
bioclusters based on their development phase, and their potential to generate 
radical innovations;

-        Offer methodological support of PhD students working within Trafobit.


-        Suitable candidates will have a PhD degree in economic geography, 
econometrics, innovation studies or related fields.

-        A strong publication record and the capacity to work in a 
multidisciplinary team are required.

-        Experience in working with large databases (like Amadeus) is 
considered an asset.

-        Proven familiarity with bioclusters, or the general concept of the 
bioeconomy is considered an asset.

Terms and conditions
The successful candidate will conduct his/her research at the IAMO department 
of Structural Development of Farms and Rural Areas in Halle (Saale). The salary 
is calculated according to TV-L 13. The position is for approximately 3 years 
and the preferred starting date is September 1st 2018.
IAMO ( is a public research institute that pursues basic and 
applied research in the field of agricultural economics and related fields. It 
is a member of the Leibniz Association, a German network of non-university 
research institutes. IAMO is an equal opportunity employer and particularly 
welcomes applications from female candidates. Physically handicapped persons 
with equal qualifications will be given preference. Generally part-time 
employment is an option.

Interested candidates should send a set of application documents in English 
that include:

1.      Letter of motivation (maximum 1 page);

2.      Curriculum vitae;

3.      Names and contact information of two academic referees.
This set of application documents should be sent by e-mail to Dr. Frans Hermans 

Closing date for the application is July 6th 2018.

Further information:

Dr. Frans Hermans
Leibniz-Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Transformationsökonomien (IAMO)
Theodor-Lieser-Straße 2
06120 Halle (Saale)
+49 345 2928-134<>

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