Vacancy No. 1224/2024

Research Associate (f/m/d) at the French-German Institute for Environmental Research in the Field of Energy Economics

Job description

Your main task is working on interdisciplinary, practice-oriented research projects dealing with socio-technical (empirical) and partially techno-economic analyses in the context of the sustainable energy transition. A particular focus of this research will be energy and environmental issues in the French-German context.

In particular, it involves working on an interdisciplinary Franco-German research project aimed at researching energy transformation pathways for the Upper Rhine Region. The focus is on hydrogen-based energy technologies and electromobility. These transformation paths will be evaluated from a technical, legal, and social perspective. The advertised position is primarily concerned with empirical accompanying research and focuses on questions of technology acceptance in Germany and France. Qualitative and quantitative methods of empirical social research (e.g., interviews, surveys) will be applied.

The project is based at the French-German Institute for Environmental Research.

The position is to be filled in the Energy and Behavior group at the Chair of Energy Economics at the IIP. The research group deals with questions of acceptance of (energy) innovations and user behavior from an empirical perspective.

The possibility of pursuing a doctorate is given.

Personal qualification
  • A university degree (Master's or Diploma) in economics, industrial engineering, psychology, political science, sociology or a comparable course of study with an empirical focus.
  • Interest in carrying out quantitative and qualitative analyses as well as experience in conducting representative surveys and interviews are very advantageous.
  • Knowledge / experience in statistical data analysis is desirable.
  • Professional aptitude, a high level of commitment, good self-organization, and good English and German or French language skills.
  • Knowledge of the energy industry is desirable, but not a prerequisite.

Salary category 13 TV-L, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Organizational unit

Institute for Industrial Production (IIP)

Starting date

zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt / as soon as possible

Contract duration

Initially limited to 2 years

Application up to

June 30, 2024

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Wolf Fichtner.


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 1224/2024 .
Personnel Support is provided by 

Ms Carrasco Sanchez
phone: +49 721 608-42016,

Kaiserstr. 12, 76131 Karlsruhe

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.
Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.