Vacancy from Job ID: 251

The Faculty of Economics and Management Science seeks to fill the above junior professorship, funded by the Tenure Track Programme of the German Federal Government and the Federal States, from 1 April 2022.

Academic context and duties

The new professor will represent the topic Nature’s Values in research and teaching at the Faculty of Economics and Management Science. They will contribute to economic sustainability research, one research focus of the Faculty of Economics and Management Science, and to Leipzig University’s Sustainable Global Change research field. This research field combines excellent economics, natural and life sciences to study questions of sustainability under climate change and biodiversity change. The new professorship in Nature’s Values, together with three others in climate and biodiversity sciences, will significantly contribute to advancing this emerging field at Leipzig University.
The professorship’s core research topic are the social and economic values of nature. The research quantifies values that humans attach to nature and its services and explores the actual and potential roles of these values in society and the economy.

We seek an excellent early career economist with methodical skills in quantitative empirical research on valuing nature. Research expertise, documented by international publications or highly promising working papers, is expected in one, or preferably more, of the following fields: (a) empirical research with methods of revealed or stated preferences, utilizing economic experiments and behavioural economics; (b) conceptual, theoretical or empirical research on normative and ethical foundations of valuing nature; (c) economic and integrated assessment modelling to translate data and normative concepts into proposals for social and economic decision-making, using approaches of a similar kind to Nordhaus’ DICE model for climate change economics.

The candidate should be willing and able to cooperate on an interdisciplinary basis with the climate and biodiversity sciences in the Sustainable Global Change research field.

The professor will contribute to teaching on the Wirtschaftswissenschaften bachelor’s programme, the Economics master’s programme and the International Joint Master in Sustainable Development, preferably in English.

The tenure track professorship is considered a position for early career researchers. Therefore, the call is addressed to applicants who hold an excellent doctoral degree, attributed with magna cum laude or higher, in economics, have the potential to successfully publish research results in international journals, who seek further qualification and have not yet completed a habilitation. If applicants were employed as research associates or research assistants prior to or during the completion of their doctoral studies, the total period of employment and work on the doctoral thesis should not exceed six years (exceptions for child care times apply). Applicants should have changed universities after completing their doctorate or have been academically active outside Leipzig University for at least two years. They should have completed their doctorate no more than four years ago.

What we offer
The junior professorship is initially limited to three years. It will be extendable by a further three years subject to successful intermediate evaluation according to the Regulations on the Interim Evaluation Procedure for Junior Professors at Leipzig University (ZEvaO). No later than five years after employment commences, a tenure evaluation will be conducted under the Regulations on the Constitution, Procedure and Evaluation of Tenure Track Professorships at Leipzig University (TTO). The evaluation procedure is based on a binding, mutual evaluation agreement concluded at the start of employment, which sets out the development goals and expectations with regard to the professor’s individual performance in the categories of research, teaching, knowledge transfer as well as academic and non-university commitment. After successful tenure evaluation, appointment to a permanent W2 professorship pursuant to Section 59(2), Sentence 2, no 2 of the Saxon Freedom of Higher Education Act (SächsHSFG) will take place without readvertising the vacancy.

The job holder’s rights and obligations are regulated by Sect. 63, 64, 70 SächsHSFG and the Saxon Service Regulations for Higher Education Institutions (DAVOHS).

Leipzig University is committed to gender equality.

Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

Further inquiries on the professorship may be directed to Professor Martin Quaas (martin.quaas(at)

Applications including a cover letter (1–2 pages), a detailed CV, a list of scientific work and academic teaching to date including records of teaching evaluations if available, as well as a certified copy of the highest academic degree acquired should be sent, either by post or electronically as a single PDF file, to:

Leipzig University
Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management Science
Professor Johannes Ringel
IPF 170001, 04081 Leipzig


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