Research Assistant (70 % position)

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Germany,
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 14 May 2021

The Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE – Sustainable Architecture for Finance in Europe – ( ) 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 architecture that promotes innovation and serves the needs of the economy and its citizens. Researchers from the fields of economics, law, and political science collaborate at SAFE.

The Leibniz Institute SAFE is seeking to fill the position of a

Research Assistant (m/f/d)

(70% Position)

We are looking for

a research assistant for the SAFE project “EU-TranspArEEnS – Mainstreaming Transparent Assessment of Energy Efficiency in Environmental Social Governance Ratings”. The person would be involved in the development of a large-scale database at firm-level that combines and standardize information related to Energy Efficiency (EE), financial and E/S/G performance of both, listed firms and SMEs. The data is used to generate EE-ESG ratings by means of big data techniques including Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, in addition to more traditional econometric techniques. The ratings will then be used to promote securitized financial products based on EE investing by means of market need analysis.

You will be involved in academic work such as empirical research on financial markets, attending conferences, publishing and presenting papers. You will conduct empirical research in the fields of asset pricing, market microstructure and systemic risk.

Your Profile

  • Master-level degree in Economics, Banking and Finance or in Statistics, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering, or equivalent
  • Excellent performance in your field of study
  • Good background on asset pricing, market microstructure, systemic risk and macrofinance
  • Excellent data handling and analytics skills
  • Very good knowledge of MATLAB, R, Python, or STATA
  • Good knowledge of financial databases like SNL, Eikon, Bloombeg etc.
  • Very good knowledge of the English language
  • The 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 70% 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 30.11.2023.

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 Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE, House of Finance, Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany or electronically by email to by adding APPLICATION Research Assistant Project EU-TranspArEEnS in the subject line of your email.

Deadline for the submission is May 14, 2021.

Should you have any questions please contact Michaela Peist, e-mail:

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