At the moment we can't offer funded any positions. However, if you bring your own funding (e.g. via DAAD etc.) you are welcome to apply.

Deadline for applications are March 31st and September 30th.

PhD positions at the Graduate Programme "The Economic Impact of Digital Transformation"

(all genders)

The doctoral students will conduct research on the economic impact of digital transformation. Numerous interrelated research questions arise on the emergence and spread of digital transformation, on the effects on the various actors in the economic system and on the design of the regulatory framework.

Each doctoral student will conduct research in one of the five research areas of the programme:


  • An above average Master's degree, State examination (or equivalent) in a field relevant for contributing to one of the research areas. As this is an interdisciplinary programme, a wide range of backgrounds may fit.
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to do interdisciplinary work
  • Highly self-motivated, creative, and goal-oriented personality
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

We offer

  • comprehensive doctoral training including courses, summer schools, and workshops
  • a vibrant research atmosphere with integration in the "Jena Schumpeter Centre for Socio-Economic Research" (JSEC) and the possibility to interact with researchers from various fields
  • a lively student city with many cultural opportunities

Severely handicapped people are given preference in case of equal professional qualifications and aptitude.

Applications should include:

  • Application form [pdf, 105 kb] de including your priority concerning the research area
  • Motivation letter (Please describe your academic background and your motivation for participation in the programme. Based on this, please explain which research areas and possible dissertation topics would be of interest to you (please check the description of our research areas on our website).

Suggestions of own dissertation topics are very welcome!

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts and certifications
  • Names of at least two referees
  • Any other relevant documents

Please send your application in one file to Dr. Susanne Büchner (

Deadline for applications are March 31st and September 30th.                     

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