Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/div) - Energy Policy

The Hertie School in Berlin prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. The school also offers experienced professionals the opportunity to deepen their skills in the field of public management. A renowned international faculty with expertise in economics, business, law, political and social science take an interdisciplinary, policy-orientated approach to the school's teaching and research agenda. The Hertie School is an international centre, with a variety of first-rate academic projects and a diverse student body. The school actively engages in public debate with its wide range of events bringing together experts from academia and the world of practice. The school was founded in 2003 by the Hertie Foundation, which remains the major partner. The Hertie School is accredited by the state and the German Science Council.

We seek to fill the position of a

Postdoctoral Researcher (f/m/div) – Energy Policy

on a full-time (40 hours/week) basis.

The contract can commence as of 1 October 2021 at the earliest; the exact start date is open for negotiation. The contract is initially limited to two years.

The successful candidate will work at our Centre for Sustainability.

Your tasks:

You will pursue your own independent research agenda exploring energy transitions towards a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions future. You do so by employing state-of-the art empirical methods and rigorous welfare-economic analysis in your research, with immediate relevance for Germany’s and Europe’s energy policy and in the context of sustainability.

You will publish in leading peer-reviewed general economics, energy economics, and interdisciplinary journals. You contribute to other core activities of the Centre for Sustainability, including active participation in colloquia and seminars and outreach activities. We strongly encourage joint research and co-authoring with our outstanding researchers across all seniority levels.

You will teach one class per year (12 sessions of 100 mins each) in our Master of Public Policy (MPP), Master of International Affairs (MIA) and Master of Data Science for Public Policy (MDS) programs. You will be able to design the class around your research agenda, taking into account the requirements of a public policy school.


Your profile:

  • PhD or equivalent in economics or related field
  • Excellent understanding of energy economics and energy markets, energy subsectors (electricity, transport, buildings, industry) and their interlinkages (power-to-heat, hydrogen, energy efficiency, electrification of heating and transport)
  • Deep knowledge of European and German energy policy, including its institutional setting, regulatory framework, and key actors
  • Proven track record of academic excellence in quantitative policy analysis and policy evaluation
  • Proficiency in statistical methods (econometrics, machine learning)
  • An independent mind and a team player
  • Excellent proficiency in English and good communication skills


We offer:

A stimulating international and diverse environment in multiple areas of social science, high-quality teaching and public policy. The Hertie School is a vibrant academic community that emphasizes excellence in research and teaching as well as an interdisciplinary perspective. Our school has been certified as a family friendly work environment in higher education and an equal opportunity employer ( for further information). Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification.



Please submit your application in one PDF file (including a CV, a cover letter describing your research plans and interest, two writing samples, and at least two reference letters) by using the Apply button below.  The deadline for full consideration is 09 August 2021.
Please contact Maria Skóra, Centre Manager at the Centre for Sustainability for further information about the position.

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