Job Offers

The Research Center SAFE “Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe” at Goethe University Frankfurt’s House of Finance is seeking to fill the position of a

Research Assistant (m/f/d)
(1/2 Position)

SAFE is a cooperation of the Center for Financial Studies and Goethe University funded by the Hessian excellence initiative LOEWE. It promotes research and independent policy advice on all aspects of modern financial markets. More than 150 researchers from different fields, including finance, macroeconomics, microeconomics of organizations, financial mathematics, marketing and law collaborate and bundle their strengths in SAFE.

We are looking for
a research assistant for the SAFE project “Training for Temptation - towards a cognitive theory of corporate governance”. The person would be involved in empirical and legal research on the interrelationships between psychological insights and the (in-)effectiveness of modern compliance structures with a particular focus on financial institutions. The project examines how a “temptation” to act unprofessionally or to break the law is described in psychological research and what can be inferred from there for compliance training. In contrast to the analysis of psychological factors regarding the decision making on financial markets, in corporate governance theory, the implications of psychological approaches have not yet been fully examined. However, in practice, regulators have started to understand „behavior and culture“ as part of their task to supervise banks. Therefore, this project yields to explore the impact of psychological research on self-control for corporate governance.

Your Profile

  • Successful completion of the First German Legal State Exam (1. Juristisches Staatsexamen)
  • Bachelor level degree in Economics, Business Administration, Finance, or equivalent
  • Outstanding performance in both fields of study
  • Strong academic focus on law and finance, e.g. corporate law, capital markets law and corporate governance
  • Enrolment in a legal PhD program/ Doctoral thesis with strong focus on Corporate Compliance
  • Experience in empirical as well as academic legal research
  • Advanced skills in MS Office Applications (i.e. Excel, Word) and willingness to learn new software
  • Fluency in German and English
  • Ability to work independently and on your own initiative
  • Flexibility and Teamwork

We offer
The infrastructure of a modern research center with excellent contacts to the scientific and financial community. You will be working in a very attractive working environment in the House of Finance at Goethe University and an enthusiastic team of colleagues. Compensation will be 50% of a full time position in accordance with the standards of the public services wage agreement of the State of Hesse (TV-H E 13). The employment contract has an initial duration until 31 December 2019 (conditional on funding).

SAFE is committed to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities and therefore invites them in particular to apply. We also seek to increase the share of women in research and, thus, strongly encourage female scholars to apply.

Your application: Please submit your application, together with the usual credentials (CV, letter of motivation, transcripts etc.), by mail to Research Center SAFE, House of Finance, Goethe University, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany or electronically per email to applications@safe.uni-frankfurt.de by adding APPLICATION Research Assistant Project 21230 in the subject line of your email.

Deadline for the submission is 12 December 2018.

Should you have any questions please contact Prof. Dr. Katja Langenbucher via email: sekretariat.langenbucher@jura.uni-frankfurt.de


The Department of Economics and Business Administration at Goethe University Frankfurt is seeking to fill the position of a

Student Assistant (m/f/d)
40 hours/month

We are looking for
a student assistant for the project EURHISFIRM (“Historical high-quality company-level data for Europe”) financed by the European Commission. The three-year project brings together eleven research organizations in seven European countries to build a world-class research infrastructure (RI) that will connect, compare, align and share historical, long-term, detailed and reliable firm level data in Europe (1815 – 1970). Researchers and policy makers will therefore be able to rely on these data to analyze, develop and evaluate effective strategies to stimulate investment and economic growth. The assistant will work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Uwe Walz to support the design and development of the RI across countries.
The student assistant will be involved in retrieving and researching historical information for the project (bibliography, literature research) and assisting the project team with editorial and organizational work.

Your Profile

  • Student of history, finance, economics or a related discipline
  • Fluency in German and English
  • Knowledge of research work in archives
  • Knowledge of Financial History literature would be an asset
  • Ability to work independently
  • Flexibility and Team work abilities


We offer

The infrastructure of a modern university with excellent contacts to the scientific and financial community. You will be working in a very attractive working environment at Goethe University and an enthusiastic team of colleagues. The position is for 12 months from January 2019, on average 40 hours per month – the working hours are negotiable.

The Student Assistant will work closely with the Research Center SAFE (www.safe-frankfurt.de) and the Institut für Bank- und Finanzgeschichte (www.ibf-frankfurt.de), which are institutes that cooperate with Goethe University in the EURHISFIRM project.

Your application: Please submit your application, together with the usual credentials, cover letter and CV, by mail to Goethe University, Prof. Dr. Uwe Walz, Industrial Organization, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 4, PF 54, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany or electronically per email to meinhardt@econ.uni-frankfurt.de by adding APPLICATION Student Assistant PROJECT EURHISFIRM in the subject line of your email.

The deadline for the submission is 15 December 2018.

Should you have any questions please contact Lut De Moor via email demoor@safe.uni-frankfurt.de


The Research Center SAFE “Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe” at Goethe University Frankfurt’s House of Finance is seeking to fill the position of a

Research Assistant (m/f/d)
(1/2 Position)

SAFE is a cooperation of the Center for Financial Studies and Goethe University funded by the Hessian excellence initiative LOEWE. It promotes research and independent policy advice on all aspects of modern financial markets. More than 150 researchers from different fields, including finance, macroeconomics, microeconomics of organizations, financial mathematics, marketing and law collaborate and bundle their strengths in SAFE.

We are looking for
a research assistant for the SAFE project “Algorithmic Discrimination”. The person would be involved in empirical research on the possible algorithmic discrimination (AD) of consumers within the financial sector. The objective of this research project is to examine electronic financial and insurance products for the occurrence and extent of algorithmic discrimination and to derive suitable recommendations for actions to be taken by politics and business. In order to clarify the research questions, data is first collected with the help of web crawlers. These systematically request data from comparison portals and simulate human agents by varying user-specific parameters. The data obtained is analyzed with state-of-the-art methods from econometrics, statistics and machine learning in order to answer the research questions mentioned above and finally to derive informed recommendations for actions to be taken by politics and business based.

Your Profile

  • Master level degree in Computer Science with Major in Business Administration/Finance, Business Informatics, Business Administration with Major in Information Management, or equivalent
  • Excellent performance in your field of study
  • Very good skills in: Software Engineering (pref. in Python/Java), Testing, experience in empirical research
  • Knowledge in and Machine Learning Methods
  • Fluency in English

We offer
The infrastructure of a modern research center with excellent contacts to the scientific and financial community. You will be working in a very attractive working environment in the House of Finance at Goethe University and an enthusiastic team of colleagues. Compensation will be 50% of a full time position in accordance with the standards of the public services wage agreement of the State of Hesse (TV-H E 13). The employment contract has an initial duration until 31 December 2019 (conditional on funding).

SAFE is committed to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities and therefore invites them in particular to apply. We also seek to increase the share of women in research and, thus, strongly encourage female scholars to apply.

Your application: Please submit your application, together with the usual credentials (CV, letter of motivation, transcripts etc.), by mail to Research Center SAFE, House of Finance, Goethe University, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany or electronically per email to applications@safe.uni-frankfurt.de by adding APPLICATION Research Assistant Project 21430 in the subject line of your email.

Deadline for the submission is 15 December 2018.

Should you have any questions please contact Oliver Hinz via email:
ohinz@wiwi.uni-frankfurt.de.


The Research Center SAFE “Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe” at Goethe University Frankfurt’s House of Finance is seeking to fill the position of a

Research Assistant (m/f/d)
(1/2 Position)

SAFE is a cooperation of the Center for Financial Studies and Goethe University funded by the Hessian excellence initiative LOEWE. It promotes research and independent policy advice on all aspects of modern financial markets. More than 150 researchers from different fields, including finance, macroeconomics, microeconomics of organizations, financial mathematics, marketing and law collaborate and bundle their strengths in SAFE.

We are looking for
a research assistant for the SAFE project “German Real Estate Prices and Rents Across Space and Time”. The person would be involved in empirical research on the cross- and intraregional dispersion of home prices and rental rates, using data of postings from a large German online internet platform for the years 2007-2017. Next to the construction of hedonic price and rent indices, the project aims to develop indicators of housing supply and housing demand (as measured by contacts and hits for the postings) in each local residential market and relate those to the observed price dynamics and to the patterns of residential segregation.

Your Profile

  • Master level degree in Economics or related fields
  • Excellent performance in your field of study
  • Enrolment in a PhD program
  • You have successfully passed the first stages of the PhD program and are ready for output-oriented research
  • Very good skills in empirical research with large microeconomic datasets
  • Advanced programming skills in Stata and Matlab and willingness to learn new software
  • Fluency in English

We offer
The infrastructure of a modern research center with excellent contacts to the scientific and financial community. You will be working in a very attractive working environment in the House of Finance at Goethe University and an enthusiastic team of colleagues. Compensation will be 50% of a full time position in accordance with the standards of the public services wage agreement of the State of Hesse (TV-H E 13). The employment contract has an initial duration until 31 December 2019 (conditional on funding).

SAFE is committed to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities and therefore invites them in particular to apply. We also seek to increase the share of women in research and, thus, strongly encourage female scholars to apply.

Your application: Please submit your application, together with the usual credentials (CV, letter of motivation, transcripts etc.), by mail to Research Center SAFE, House of Finance, Goethe University, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany or electronically per email to applications@safe.uni-frankfurt.de by adding APPLICATION Research Assistant Project 21529 in the subject line of your email.

Deadline for the submission is 18 December 2018.

Should you have any questions please contact Professor Leo Kaas via email:
office.kaas@wiwi.uni-frankfurt.de.


The Research Center SAFE “Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe” at Goethe University Frankfurt’s House of Finance is seeking to fill the position of a

Research Assistant (m/f/d)
(1/2 Position)

SAFE is a cooperation of the Center for Financial Studies and Goethe University funded by the Hessian excellence initiative LOEWE. It promotes research and independent policy advice on all aspects of modern financial markets. More than 150 researchers from different fields, including finance, macroeconomics, microeconomics of organizations, financial mathematics, marketing and law collaborate and bundle their strengths in SAFE.

We are looking for
a research assistant for the SAFE project “Optimal Taxation and Education Subsidies”. We are seeking a talented PhD student with a strong background in economics, structural econometrics and mathematics to conduct research on quantitative dynamic macroeconomics, in particular models with heterogeneous households. The project will study the design of optimal tax and transfer policies in combination with education policies.

Your Profile

  • Third or higher year Ph.D. student
  • Excellent performance in your field of study
  • Profound knowledge of the empirical human capital literature and of the quantitative macroeconomics literature on optimal taxation
  • Excellent knowledge of structural macroeconomic models
  • Very proficient in several computing languages, in particular in FORTRAN and Matlab
  • Experience with household models, endogenous educational choice and labour supply decisions
  • Experience with quantitative life-cycle models, their computational implementation and solution with global approximation methods
  • Profound knowledge of the empirical and quantitative macroeconomics literature on education & human capital formation / education policies as well as on optimal taxation
  • The ability to work independently and on your own initiative
  • Flexibility and teamwork
  • Very good knowledge of the German and English language
  • Confident and pleasant manner

We offer
The infrastructure of a modern research center with excellent contacts to the scientific and financial community. You will be working in a very attractive working environment in the House of Finance at Goethe University and an enthusiastic team of colleagues. Compensation will be 50% of a full time position in accordance with the standards of the public services wage agreement of the State of Hesse (TV-H E 13). The employment contract has an initial duration until 30 June 2019 (conditional on funding).

SAFE is committed to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities and therefore invites them in particular to apply. We also seek to increase the share of women in research and, thus, strongly encourage female scholars to apply.

Your application: Please submit your application, together with the usual credentials (CV, letter of motivation, transcripts etc.), by mail to Research Center SAFE, House of Finance, Goethe University, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany or electronically per email to applications@safe.uni-frankfurt.de by adding APPLICATION Research Assistant Project 21527 in the subject line of your email.

Deadline for the submission is 19 December 2018.

Should you have any questions please contact Professor Alexander Ludwig via email: nieraad@safe.uni-frankfurt.de.


The Research Center SAFE “Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe” at Goethe University Frankfurt’s House of Finance is seeking to fill the position of a

Research Assistant (m/f/d)
(1/2 Position)

SAFE is a cooperation of the Center for Financial Studies and Goethe University funded by the Hessian excellence initiative LOEWE. It promotes research and independent policy advice on all aspects of modern financial markets. More than 150 researchers from different fields, including finance, macroeconomics, microeconomics of organizations, financial mathematics, marketing and law collaborate and bundle their strengths in SAFE.

We are looking for
We are looking for a Research Assistant with a Master level degree in Economics, Finance, or related fields for the project “The FOMC risk shift”. You would help with the gathering and processing of data and conduct econometric tests.

Your Profile

  • excellent university degree
  • excellent knowledge of economic/financial theory and empirical methods
  • interest in Financial Economics and/or Monetary Economics
  • very good knowledge of the German and English language
  • ability to work independently and on your own initiative
  • flexibility and teamwork
  • coding skills (e.g., Matlab, R, or Python)
  • confident and pleasant manner

We offer
The infrastructure of a modern research center with excellent contacts to the scientific and financial community. You will be working in a very attractive working environment in the House of Finance at Goethe University and an enthusiastic team of colleagues. Compensation will be 50% of a full time position in accordance with the standards of the public services wage agreement of the State of Hesse (TV-H E 13). The employment contract has a duration until 31 December 2019 (conditional on funding).

SAFE is committed to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities and therefore invites them in particular to apply. We also seek to increase the share of women in research and, thus, strongly encourage female scholars to apply.

Your application: Please submit your application, together with the usual credentials (CV, letter of motivation, transcripts etc.), by mail to Research Center SAFE, House of Finance, Goethe University, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany or electronically per email to applications@safe.uni-frankfurt.de by adding APPLICATION Research Assistant Project 21426 in the subject line of your email.

Deadline for the submission is 19 December 2018.

Should you have any questions please contact Prof. Maik Schmeling via email:
schmeling@finance.uni-frankfurt.de.