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

 Student Assistant in the Area of Financial Institutions (m/f/d)

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 student assistant for the SAFE Project “Banking on States, The Divergent European trajectories of Finance after the crisis”. The person would be involved in empirical research on the evolutions of financial regulations and the evolutions of financial industries in Europe in the last 10 years. The project examines how public authorities may influence finance through varieties of ways, including through passing different policies or through differentiated enforcement of international standards and regulation. The person would be in charge of gathering a variety of primary and secondary sources on legal enforcement of financial regulation in Germany and Italy, the evolution of banks’ business models and of mapping the institutions of financial regulation in different jurisdictions.

Your Profile

  • You hold a university degree in one or more of the following disciplines:  political science, sociology, finance or a related discipline
  • Fluency in English
  • Fluency in German and/or Italian
  • Knowledge of / interest in financial systems, corporate governance, institutions and models of finance would be desirable
  • Ability to work independently and rigorously

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 in an enthusiastic team of colleagues. The position has an initial duration of 6 months, for 30-80 hours per months - the working hours are negotiable.

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 to by adding APPLICATION Student Assistant Project 21925 in the subject line of your email.

The deadline for the submission is 22 October 2019.

Should you have any questions please contact Elsa Massoc,

The Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE – Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe – at Goethe University Frankfurt invites applications for the positions of full-time

 Postdoctoral Researchers (m/f/d)

starting at the earliest possible date. Applicants should have a PhD (or will have completed their degree by the start of contract) in financial economics or economics with research interests in financial intermediation, household finance, international finance, or money & finance. The positions are initially limited to three years with the option to be continued for another three years, subject to a positive mid-term evaluation.

We welcome applications from candidates who maintain active scholarship in their field, show a strong research potential, and the commitment to contribute to the activities of the institute. There is no specific teaching load assigned to this position, but involvement in the teaching of Goethe University bachelor, master, and Ph.D. programs is highly welcome.

SAFE promotes high-quality research and independent policy advice on all aspects dealing with the structure and functioning of the financial system. It is committed to contributing to the strengthening of a sustainable and resilient financial system that promotes innovation and serves the needs of the economy and its citizens. More than 100 researchers in the area of finance as well as macro- and microeconomics and law collaborate at SAFE.

In January 2020, the newly founded Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE will continue the work of the current Research Center SAFE. This was recently reviewed by the German Science Council and received the highest possible mark (“excellent”) for its research quality.

We will be interviewing candidates at the EEA European job market meeting in Rotterdam and at the ASSA meetings in San Diego (in case applicants cannot attend either of these events, we will also interview via Skype). Please indicate your preference in your application.

SAFE seeks to increase the share of women in research and thus strongly encourages female scholars to apply. We are also committed to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities and therefore invite them in particular to apply.

Please submit your application including cover letter, CV, and certificates of Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. degrees by mail to Research Center SAFE, House of Finance, Goethe University, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany or electronically by email to Please also ask writers of reference letters to send their letters to this address. We expect 2 reference letters. Deadline for application is 10 November 2019.

Specific enquiries relating to your application may be directed to the SAFE coordinator for young researchers Christian Schlag at or to the SAFE personnel department at