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PhD Position - Industrial Organization and Digital Platforms (ERC funded) - Job Berlin - Jobs

PhD Position - Industrial Organization and Digital Platforms (ERC funded)

ESMT Berlin is the highest ranked business school in Germany and Top 10 in Europe. Founded by 25 leading global companies, ESMT offers master’s, MBA, and PhD programs, as well as executive education on its campus in Berlin, in locations around the world, and in online blended format. We strongly believe in cross-team collaboration to achieve our mission to develop entrepreneurial leaders who think globally and act responsibly. 

This is a 1-year (part-time: 50%) PhD position funded by the European Research Council Starting Grant in the topics of Digital Platforms: Pricing, Variety, and Quality Provision. The position is located at ESMT Berlin. The start date can be anytime (flexible) and the position could be extended up to 3 years (if both parties agree).

As part-time PhD student

you are expected to work within the topics of the ERC starting grant for the purpose of achieving the project’s main goals:
  • Investigating the implications of digital platforms’ business practices on variety and quality provision to buyers, on small rivals and on potential platform entry
The grant allows you to also work on topics that are closely related to these while aiming to achieve the key objectives. You would work in close collaboration with the grant holder, Prof. Özlem Bedre Defolie.

You are qualified for this position, because you

  • Completed the 1st year courses (Micro I, Micro II) of a structured PhD program in Economics
  • Have a strong background in Microeconomic Theory, in particular in Game Theory, Contract Theory (Information Economics), Industrial Organization models
  • Are interested in Industrial Organization, in particular investigating complexities and puzzling questions of digital platforms
  • Are fluent in English

This is what we can offer you

  • Participation in conferences, workshops, visits, and training
  • An enriching environment of an international business school, ESMT
  • An inspiring Berlin economics network with a number of distinguished scholars and young researchers working on both theoretical and applied microeconomics, and collaborating in many different dimensions, such as Berlin School of Economics, Berlin Economics Research Associates Program, Berlin Center for Consumer Policies, Berlin IO Days, workshops, seminar series, etc.
ESMT offers a very collegial and international environment with employees from more than 35 different countries. We encourage initiative and contributions with meaningful and lasting impact. We celebrate and support diversity for the benefit of our employees, our programs, and our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace that guarantees employment opportunity regardless of race, ancestry, gender identity, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation. 

You will work on our campus in the heart of Berlin-Mitte. Get here by public transport or bike and enjoy your lunches in our private restaurant and café or next to the beautiful Spree. Make use of our big garden and enjoy coffee and tea on the house. As ESMT is a member of Hochschulsport you can also participate in a wide range of sports. Additionally, we offer a subsidized job ticket to use on public transport throughout Berlin.

How to apply

Please upload the documents via our application form and have your reference letters sent directly to Wilina Carter via email ( 

Documents to upload:
  • Motivation letter
  • CV 
  • Transcript of the 1st and 2nd year PhD courses (if applicable)
  • Transcripts of master courses
ESMT Berlin
Wilina Carter
Senior Human Resources Manager
Schlossplatz 1
10178 Berlin
Tel: 030 21231 0