PostDoc Coordinator of the Leibniz Labs Network

Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), Dresden

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is advertising the following position

PostDoc Coordinator of the Leibniz Labs Network

TV-L (collective agreement of the federal states), remuneration group E 13,

part time 50% with 20 working hours per week

fixed-term work contract until 31/3/2027

in accordance with the WissZeitVG (German Scientific Temporary Contracts Act)

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) is a non-university research institute in the field of the spatial sciences and a member of the Leibniz- Association. Our subject is the sustainable development and transformation of cities and regions in the context of the global human-ecological crisis.

Sustainable land use and spatial structure are of particular importance in this context. To answer the related questions, small-scale data, analyses, simulations, scenarios and assessments are needed for research purposes and to support decision-making in various contexts. Based on its established research data infrastructures “Monitor of Settlement and Open Space Development (IOER Monitor)” and “Information System Built Environment (ISBE)”, the IOER is establishing a Research Data Centre (IOER-RDC).

Job-specific background

With the recently launched Leibniz Labs (https://www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de/forschung/leibniz-labs) the Leibniz Association aims to develop practical solutions to major societal challenges. In Leibniz Labs, a broad spectrum of Leibniz Institutes will work together in an inter- and transdisciplinary way. The focus is on complex questions such as: How can we preserve biodiversity and create resilient food systems in the face of the climate crisis? How can we better prepare for future pandemics? And how can historical experiences from fundamental upheavals and crises help to make our societies more resilient? To this end, the Labs involve stakeholders from society, politics and business. By tapping into the strong innovation and transfer potential of the community, they are intended to act as catalysts for societal transformation processes.

The Leibniz Labs Network accompanies the implementation of the three Leibniz Labs. Independent from the respective topics addressed, it focuses on the specific methodological approaches of and framework conditions for such major inter- and transdisciplinary research projects to tackle societal challenges. By organizing a structured exchange and transfer between the Labs as well as with the relevant sustainability science community, the Network will contribute to reflection and methodological learning during the implementation process. It will also develop an online toolkit for researchers to share insights and lessons learnt on designing, implementing and evaluating inter- and transdisciplinary research projects (e.g. co-design, co-production and co-evaluation). It will derive recommendations for future research and science policy based on the Leibniz-Lab approach.

Expected skills and competences

  • Excellent university degree (Master's/Diploma) in a relevant field, such as social sciences, sustainability studies, transformation studies, science/technology/policy studies, etc.
  • Dissertation (completed or well-advanced) in a relevant field, preferably dealing with related issues (i.e. grand challenges, inter- and transdisciplinary methods)
  • Sound knowledge of and/or practical experience in inter- and transdisciplinary research designs and related challenges
  • Strong interest in different communication formats to support knowledge transfer, e.g. handbooks, tutorials, podcasts, design and visualisation techniques)
  • Interest in and/or knowledge of web-based content management systems (CMS), e.g. TYPO3, Wordpress
  • Facilitation skills
  • Solid coordination, communication and team working skills, ideally based on practical experiences in different contexts
  • Knowledge of German and English (CEFR level C1 or higher)

We actively support researchers through continuous mentoring as well as tailored qualification, training and career development measures.

We offer

  • Collaboration in a leading research institute of the Leibniz Association
  • Creative and inspiring working environments
  • Flat hierarchies and opportunities for participation
  • Flexible and family friendly working time models
  • Vivid organisational culture and team building
  • Sustainable and ethics-based cooperation
  • Equal opportunities, inclusion and diversity (repeatedly Total-E-Quality certified)
  • Physical and mental health care support
  • Career planning and further training opportunities
  • Comprehensive sustainability management (LeNa)
  • Job ticket and excellent accessibility
  • Additional pension scheme (VBL)

The place of work is Dresden.

The IOER promotes professional equality between women and men as well as diversity, and is particularly committed to harmonise career development and family life. Women are encouraged to apply. Applications from people with recognized disabilities are welcome.

Please send your application (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, diplomas, certificates of employment or references) in the form of a single PDF file as an e-mail attachment, stating the subject “Leibniz Labs Network” by 20/5/2024 to jobs(at)ioer.de.