Postdoctoral Researcher in Industrial Organization and Digital Platforms - Job Berlin - Jobs

Postdoctoral Researcher in Industrial Organization and Digital Platforms

ESMT Berlin is the highest ranked business school in Germany and Top 10 in Europe. Founded by 25 leading global companies, ESMT offers master’s, MBA, and PhD programs, as well as executive education on its campus in Berlin, in locations around the world, and in online blended format. We strongly believe in cross-team collaboration to achieve our mission to develop entrepreneurial leaders who think globally and act responsibly.

ESMT faculty publishes in top academic journals. You will be working on a project with Prof. Oezlem Bedre-Defolie, and interact closely with other faculty members at ESMT. ESMT is a private business school with the right to grant PhDs and is accredited by the German state, AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and FIBAA. 

This is a 3-year (full-time) Postdoctoral Research position funded by the European Research Council Starting Grant in the topics of Digital Platforms: Pricing, Variety, and Quality Provision. The position is located at ESMT Berlin. The start date can be June 1st,  2020 (flexible) and the position could be extended to up to 6 years.

Some background on key research topics and expectations

The Postdoc is expected to work within the topics of the ERC Starting grant for the purpose of achieving the project’s main goals. These are mainly investigating the implications of digital platforms’ business practices on variety and quality provision to buyers; on small rivals, and on potential platform entry. The grant allows you to also work on topics that are closely related to these while aiming to achieve the key objectives. The Postdoc would work in close collaboration with the grant holder, Prof. Özlem Bedre Defolie.

You are qualified because you

  • have a PhD degree in economics.
  • have a strong background and interest in microeconomic theory and theoretical industrial organization.
  • are interested in investigating complexities and puzzling questions of digital platforms.
  • are fluent in English

This is what we can offer you

  • Full-time research position with the possibility to teach in graduate programs and supervise master theses/PhDs if there is an interest
  • Decent research budget for travel (conferences, workshops, visits) and training.
  • Being in an enriching environment of an international business school, ESMT.
  • Teaching opportunities in graduate programs and supervision of master theses.
  • Being part of an inspiring Berlin economics network with a number of distinguished scholars and young researchers working on both theoretical and applied microeconomics, and collaborating in many different dimensions, such as Berlin School of Economics, Berlin Economics Research Associates Program, Berlin Center for Consumer Policies, Berlin IO Days, workshops, seminar series, etc.

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

Please submit your application by using our online application form, including:
  • Motivation letter
  • CV, job market paper,
  • At least three reference letters
  • Salary expectations and possible start date
Please have your reference letters directly sent to

Interviews with selected candidates will be conducted via video call.

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