PhD student in Agricultural Economics modelling for Agroecology (f/m/d)

Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e.V.


The mission of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) as a nationally and internationally active research institute is to deliver solutions for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society. ZALF is a member of the Leibniz Association and is located in Müncheberg (approx. 35 minutes by regional train from Berlin-Lichtenberg). It also maintains a research station with further locations in Dedelow and Paulinenaue.

The research group “Farm Economics and Ecosystem Services” is a team of dedicated postdocs and PhD students who want to make a difference through good science, mutual support and exchange with other disciplines and practice. We are offering a PhD position within the Horizon Europe funded project NATAE. The aim is to develop a methodology to foster agro-ecological transitions in North Africa, to increase the global sustainability of agriculture and the local resilience of territories, thus contributing to global food security and safety, together with environmental and sustainable development targets. We aim to extend the existing bio-economic farm model DAHBSIM to entire local and regional value chains to identify and assess optimal combinations of agro-ecological practices in different farming systems and scenarios and to simulate policy options. A strong focus of this PhD work is to perform a trade-offs analysis of current & foresight scenarios tested at living lab and replication lab levels and to capitalize the project results for policy-makers and recommending optimal policies.

We offer a temporary part-time position (65% of regular weekly working hours) for 3 years with the prospect of extension for a further year:

PhD student in Agricultural Economics modelling for Agroecology (f/m/d)

Your tasks:

  • development of farm value chain models by extending the existing version of DAHBSIM to Porter value chains in a Network Flow framework
  • development of DAHBSIM-Value chain model by extending the existing version to industry value chain in Network Flow and Multi-Criteria Decision-Making frameworks
  • develop a calibration procedure for a positive version of DAHBSIM-Value chain model
  • exploring the quantitative implementation of project’s selected policy options
  • publication of results in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Your qualifications:

  • Master of science in agriculture economics or related
  • good background in mathematical programming (in GAMS) and Value Chain modelling
  • good knowledge of agricultural technologies and agri-environmental policies
  • ability to work in an interdisciplinary team as well as independently
  • strong interest in scientific writing and excellent command of English
  • strong interest in scientific writing and excellent command of English

What we offer:

  • an interdisciplinary working environment that encourages independence and self-reliance
  • a collegial and open-minded working atmosphere in a dynamic research institution
  • institutional commitment to a good work-life balance
  • classification according to the collective agreement of the federal states (TV-L) up to EG 13 (including special annual payment)

Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored. It is generally possible to work in the position on a part-time basis. Please send your application preferably online (see button online application below). For e-mail applications, create a PDF document (one PDF file, max. 5 MB; packed PDF documents, archive files like zip, rar etc. Word documents cannot be processed and therefore cannot be considered!) with the usual documents, in particular CV, proof of qualification and certificates, stating the reference number 126-2022 until 23 November 2022 to (see button e-mail application below).

If you have any questions, please contact: Dr. Peter Zander, Tel. +49 (0) 33432/82-214, e-mail:
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