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PhD Position in Economics with a focus on Financial Markets (m/f/diverse) Job ID 19-21

Jacobs University Bremen is a private, English-medium campus university which is state-recognized by the State of Bremen. We are offering Bachelor, Master or PhD programs in three focus areas: Health, Mobility and Diversity. Our principles are first class research and teaching, international diversity and transdisciplinary cooperation. As an international university we attract highly talented and open-minded students from all over the world. Currently, approximately 1,400 students from 110 nations live and study on our residential campus.


For an interdisciplinary research collaboration funded by the Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL) we invite applications for a


PhD Position in Economics with a focus on

Financial Markets (m/f/diverse)


(75% working time; limited for 2 years)

Job ID 19-21


Research Topics:

The goal of the research project is to investigate the determinants of prices for soft commodity cocoa on the futures market and for raw cocoa on the physical markets.

The project is structured in two integrated strands, one of which will be executed at Jacobs University Bremen, the second one at the RWI – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung e.V. in Essen.
The Jacobs University strand will focus on financial mathematical and econometric models based on fundamental and financial market data to investigate price building mechanisms of cocoa futures.
Aspects such as financial markets mechanisms (e.g. market efficiency, speculation, relationship between cash and future market), economic reasons (e.g. supply/demand of cocoa, market power of key players), and changes in the institutional environment (e.g. changing regulations and policies – MIFID II (EU); Dodd-Frank-Act (USA), protectionism) need to be taken into consideration.


Your qualifications:

  • University degree (Master or Diploma) in economics or a related field
  • Strong knowledge of quantitative methods for forecasting and modelling
  • Profound knowledge of financial markets
  • Very good command of English, both in written and oral communication
  • German language proficiency is an asset
  • Responsible, self-motivated, able to work independently and in an interdisciplinary team


Your application:

For further information regarding this position, please contact Prof. Adalbert F.X. Wilhelm, Professor of Statistics, at a.wilhelm [at] or Prof. Christoph Lattemann, Professor of Business Administration and Information Management, at c.lattemann [at]

Please send your application stating the Job ID and your availability as one pdf document via email to Ms. Patricia Herrmann, Human Resources, job-application [at]

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.