Job announcement: Researcher on sustainable supply chains

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading research institutes on development policy. Through excellent research, policy advice and training, the Institute contributes to finding solutions to global challenges.

The Research Programme “Transformation of Economic and Social Systems” is looking for a full time


Researcher (f/m/diverse)
Salary from € 55.000 p.a. up to € 80.000 p.a. (German public sector tariff, up to TVöD Bund 14)
Position No. 2020-B-02


Subject to final approval of funds, the position may be filled as of 1 September 2020 and is limited until 31 July 2022 with a possible option of contract extension.

We are looking for a person who conducts innovative research on sustainable supply chains and helps to build and coordinate the new international ‘Research Network Sustainable Global Supply Chains‘ hosted by the DIE in collaboration with the German Institute for Global and Area Studies, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. This network screens supply chain research with the aim of extracting lessons for policymaking and also conducts and commissions new policy-relevant research. The successful candidate will, jointly with the institutional partners, (a) help to set up and coordinate the network of leading international research institutes in the field of supply chain research, (b) mobilise, and assure the quality of, contributions from the network for a series of research reports, blogs, podcasts, online seminars and a new website and (c) conduct and publish own applied research.


Qualifications and requirements:

  • Master, or preferably PhD, with excellent grades in economics or other social sciences;
  • In-depth knowledge, research experience and academic publications in the field of supply chain governance;
  • Knowledge in and experience with research methodologies in social sciences (quantitative and/or qualitative);
  • Communication skills and proven experience with blogs, online seminars, podcasts, policy briefs and other formats for communicating research results to academic and non-academic audiences;
  • Good project management skills;
  • Research or work experience in developing countries; 
  • Fluent written and spoken English; good command of German is an asset;
  • Willingness and aptness to travel abroad, including countries with a tropical climate („Tropentauglichkeit“).



We offer:

  • Salary and conditions according to TVöD pay scale, up to level 14 depending on qualifications and experience;
  • Flexible working hours with a weekly working time of 39 hours;
  • Possibility to use a job ticket and a good connection to public transport;
  • Trainings for further professional development;
  • A modern and interesting workplace with a good working atmosphere;
  • Company pension scheme with the VBLU.


The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) offers an inspiring, family-friendly working environment at the interface of research and policy advice, with ample opportunities to engage in international discussions, political processes and scientific debates.

In the case of equal qualification, physically challenged persons will be given preference.

For further questions, please contact Tilman Altenburg.

Applications with the position number 2020-B-02 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 9 August 2020.

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn
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