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Leibniz University of Hanover: PhD Position

PhD Position for COVID19 and Digitalization Research in
Economic Geography

Professor Rolf Sternberg invites applications for a three-year PhD position (75% TV-L E13).

The position is based at the Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography (Dep. of Economic Geography) at the Leibniz University of Hanover (LUH), Germany. The position is funded through the DFG ReDiCOV Project, a new interdisciplinary collaboration of the named LUH Institute and the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research, in Mannheim. The overarching goal of the project is to analyse the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on regional labour markets, on firm dynamics and on their
disparities within and between regions in Germany. The project jointly led by economic geographer Prof. Rolf Sternberg (Hannover) and economist Dr. Sarra Ben Yahmed (Mannheim) will investigate, first, whether disparities between urban and rural regions have increased in the aftermath of the Covid-19 outbreak and highlight the role played by the digital infrastructure and digital competences of individuals and firms for the resilience and economic development of selected rural regions. Second, we analyse the effects on regional firm dynamics looking at firms’ responses to the crisis and by evaluating the impacts of the implemented public aid measures for small businesses.

Your responsibilities:
– Contributing to the above-mentioned research project in relation to the regional economic effects of COVID-19 pandemic with the opportunity to develop a PhD dissertation in the context of this project
– designing and conducting field surveys
– conducting quantitative and qualitative data analyses
– conceptualizing and writing empirical research papers
– deriving policy recommendations from the research
– active participation in the intellectual life at LUH (currently primarily via home office, later in residence).

Your qualifications:
– Master’s degree (M.A. or M.Sc.) in economic geography, economics, sociology, or related fields
– substantive interest in economic geography research
– strong quantitative and qualitative statistics skills and proficiency with Stata, R or SPSS
– strong spoken and written English and medium level of German
– experience with primary data collection, survey design desirable
– enthusiasm for research and working in multi-disciplinary teams.

The three-year position is expected to be available starting May 1 (please indicate your earliest availability to start). Remuneration will be in accordance with the German public service pay scale (collective agreement for state-level public servants, TV-L) at the E13 level.

How to apply:
Please send your application, including the following, via email to positions@wigeo.uni-hannover.de:
– cover letter, including a brief summary of research interests (2 pages max.)
– current curriculum vitae (CV)
– transcripts of all your university-level coursework
– writing sample that illustrates your analytical and writing skills (in English or German)
– contact information for two references.

Review of applications will begin 15 April 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

We strongly support the LUH’s diversity policy, which seeks to increase the number of women, people with disabilities, and members of other groups traditionally underrepresented in the academy. We therefore particularly encourage submissions from such applicants.

As part of your application, you will provide personal data to the Leibniz University of Hanover (LUH). Please view the LUH privacy policy on collecting and processing personal data in the course of the application process pursuant to Art. 13 of the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union (GDPR) at https://www.uni-hannover.de/en/datenschutzhinweis-bewerbungen/. By submitting your application, you confirm to have read and understood the data protection information provided by LUH.


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