Management position, Scientific activities / projects

Leadership of the future research group “Ground Transport Economics”

Starting date

1. August 2020

Duration of contract

Initially limited to 2 years, an extension is envisaged


up to payment group 14 of the Public Sector Collective Agreement (TVÖD) depending on qualifications and delegation of tasks

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

At the heart of the work carried out by the DLR – Institute of Transport Research are questions concerning the causes of transport, its effects on society, the economy and the environment, as well as the designing of sustainable transport systems. Within this, we work together with international partners in science, economy and politics.

In the department of commercial transport, we analyse the effects of innovations and transport policy instruments on freight transport. In addition, we examine the acceptance and practicability of new solutions in empirical and also implementation-orientated projects. The objective is to make contributions to sustainable freight transport and to derive respective recommendations for transport and economic policies as well as the transport and logistics industry. To achieve this, we carry out technosocial systems analyses, impact modelling as well as profitability analyses. Our focus is currently on automation and digitalisation, new drive systems and fuels as well as new vehicle and logistics concepts.

The department of commercial transport already includes expertise in innovation economics, acceptance analyses and the technological evaluation of new drive concepts. This research portfolio is to be strategically expanded in accordance with market demands and research requirements to include economic policy and regulatory economic aspects.

You will be assuming the technical and organisational leadership of a research group with the interim working title
“Ground Transport Economy”. The following tasks will ensue for you:

  • Development of the strategic direction of the existing research group including creation of a concept in the context of the department, the institute and the DLR transport and energy research
  • Organisational leadership of the group including personnel planning, responsibility for personnel and supervision of scientific and student assistants
  • Scientific work in the group on economic relationships in transport (with a focus on freight transport, fuel and infrastructures) and on questions of socio-economic evaluation, responsibility for the content-related quality of the work
  • Implementation of project acquisition and project management in the field of ground transport economy including the creation and maintenance of contacts to customers and partners

We kindly request that you create a short concept for the development of the new research group with the working title
“Ground Transport Economy” (approx. three A4 pages) and introduce this at a possible interview in a presentation lasting max. 15 minutes.

Your qualifications:

  • completed scientific studies at university level (degree/Master) in the field of industrial engineering or economics with reference to traffic engineering
  • completed doctorate in the field of industrial engineering or economics with reference to traffic engineering or proof of an equivalent scientific qualification by means of relevant publications or an advanced doctoral thesis
  • very good knowledge in several of the following subject areas: microeconomics, industrial economics, institutional economics, regulatory economics, economic theory of politics, decision theory, acceptance analyses including
  • extensive experience in the implementation of market analyses with various methods of applied empirical social research
  • experience in the development of scenarios and economic models for the depiction of transport markets
  • leadership skills and first experiences in the supervision of working groups or projects teams
  • relevant experience in scientific publications on an international level
  • experience in independently and responsibly carrying out and managing national and international research projects
  • experience in the compilation of studies and expert’s reports for government agencies or associations
  • good written and spoken German and English skills
  • high level of self-management and an interest in independently working out scientifically demanding questions are of an advantage
  • ability to work together in an interdisciplinary team, social skills and a high level of commitment and cooperativeness are desirable
  • the ability to recognise and occupy research topics with future potential upon one’s own initiative are of an advantage
  • very good written and spoken German and English skills are of an advantage

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Prof. Dr. Gernot Liedtke
Phone: +49 30 67055 246

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