The Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn is an international research institute with two departments and several research groups.

The Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods is one of more than 80 institutions of the Max Planck Society. It is an internationally oriented research institute dealing with applied economics and behavioral analysis of law.

The Experimental Economics Groups of Prof. Dr. Matthias Sutter is looking for one

Research Assistant (m/f/div)

(10 hours/week) for empirical research including data management and analysis

with the starting date as soon as possible.

Your Tasks:

  • Manage, clean, and analyze survey data
  • Help prepare and update survey instruments, including their programming
  • Help write grant applications, literature reviews, summaries of results, and blog posts

Your Profile:

  • A high GPA in Economics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a similar quantitative study program (ideally 1.5 or higher on the German scale or equivalent)
  • Profound programming skills in Stata and/or R, exceeding knowledge gained in a university class (additional skills in Python or GIS are a plus)
  • Excellent skills in econometrics, in particular methods of causal inference
  • Interest in development economics and international migration
  • Excellent English skills
  • You love working with data using statistical programming
  • You can think analytically and prioritize work tasks under time pressure
  • You are motivated and do not hesitate to propose ideas to move the project forward
  • Experience in working independently, accurately, and in a structured manner
  • You perform tasks responsibly and reliably

Our Offer to You:

  • You will be working on an ambitious project that aims to produce comprehensive evidence on the impact of international educational migration on students and their home communities. We partner with the NGO Malengo, which provides mentoring and financial support to high school graduates from Uganda who want to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Germany. For more information on Malengo, visit
  • Participation in cutting-edge research involving leading international researchers
  • Deep insights into empirical work and state-of-the-art research, including implementing randomized control trials and surveys in Uganda (travel to Uganda is not part of the job)
  • An open and international work environment in a highly motivated team
The Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women with the requisite qualifications and interests are particularly welcome. We strive for gender and diversity equality and welcome applications from all backgrounds. The Max Planck Society is also seeking to increase the number of employees with severe disabilities. Applications from such candidates will be given special consideration.

Further information about our team and the institute can be found at

Please submit your application (including cover letter explaining your interest in the position and where you gained skills in the use of the relevant software, CV including your current GPA, university transcripts, and, if available, one academic writing sample such as your Bachelor thesis or a seminar paper, as PDFs) via our application portal:

We will consider applications on a rolling basis. We will start the screening process on 9 April 2023. You should hence submit your application before this date to ensure your application will definitely be considered. The job ad remains active until we find a suitable candidate.

Starting with the date of employment, candidates should have residency in Germany and should be enrolled at a German university.

We intend to interview suitable candidates in the second half of April. In case you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email ( or

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