Scientific coordinator: Dresden Leibniz Graduate School - Excellence in spatial sustainability sciences (m,f,d)

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

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development e.V. (IOER) in Dresden advertises the following position as a (part time) fixed-term work contract for three years (according to the German law on fixed-term contracts in science - WissZeitVG), starting from the earliest date possible:

Scientific coordinator: Dresden Leibniz Graduate School - Excellence in spatial sustainability sciences (m,f,d)

TV-L E-13, 3 years (100% - reduction to 75% can be considered)

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden is a non-university research center in the field of the spatial sciences and a member of the Leibniz Association. We investigate the characteristics and dynamics of spatial sustainability transformations and their acceleration in the context of the global ecological crisis. The advertised position is allocated to the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) – a joint institution of the IOER and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD).


The DLGS aims to prepare the next generation of leaders in spatial sustainability sciences, providing a high quality interdisciplinary environment for developing the academic and professional skills required to meet the diverse equity challenges related to spatial change dynamics and the global ecological crisis.

The graduate school has a total capacity of 12 doctoral students and offers individual scholarships. Fellows are selected in a competitive process based on annual calls for proposals. They originate from countries located across the globe and from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. DLGS fellows are trained to take up early career positions in academic, governmental, business or civil society organizations where they can contribute to foster spatial sustainability transformations.

Task description

We are looking for a personality with strong collaborative leadership qualities and ambitions to shape a top institution in higher education. The scientific coordinator is fully responsible for the scientific and technical management of the graduate school. Together with the DLGS chair (director of IOER) and the management board (composed of members from the IOER and the TUD), the selected candidate will take a crucial role in governing the future development of the graduate school. Specific tasks include:

  • Development of the annual academic program of the DLGS, including various research training formats and an autumn school, in collaboration with the management board
  • Creation and implementation of seminars, peer learning formats and guidance concerning scientific research
  • Management of the application, scientific evaluation and selection process of candidates
  • Coordination of thesis ex-ante assessments (field work) and evaluation process
  • Individual guidance and support for DLGS fellows
  • Planning and realization of scientific management and administrative procedures at the DLGS
  • Public relations and science communication using common media (website, print, social media)
  • Conception and realization of research transfer and international networking activities
  • Conception and development of a DLGS alumni network

Expected skills and competencies

  • Excellent degree (Ph.D.) in any discipline of pertinence for spatial sustainability science and/or sustainability in higher education, as well as interdisciplinary competence
  • Experience and/or demonstrable interest in international higher education development and the promotion of early career researchers
  • Sound academic writing and scientific publishing skills
  • Strong collaborative leadership, team work and collaboration capabilities
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Creativity, flexibility and ability to work independently
  • Professional English language proficiency (written and oral) and solid German skills, other language skills would be desirable

What we offer:

  • Collaboration in a highly qualified interdisciplinary team at a leading research institute of the Leibniz Association and one of Germany’s top universities - the excellence-awarded TUD
  • Flat hierarchies and opportunities for participation
  • Creative and motivating working environment
  • Vivid social culture and diversity
  • Openness and trusted cooperation
  • Family support and flexible working schedules
  • Equal opportunities (Total-E-Quality certified)
  • Career planning and training opportunities
  • Sustainability-management
  • Jobticket for public transport

Place of work: DLGS located at TU Dresden (Chair of Spatial Development) in Dresden

We particularly encourage applications of women. Applications of disabled persons with a comparable qualification will be considered by priority.

Please submit your complete application documents (motivation letter, CV, diplomas, job references, references and important qualifications for further training) by using the keyword “DLGS” by April 02, 2020 to Frau Dr. Andrea Wendebaum (a.wendebaum(at)ioer.de) or by regular mail:

Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung e.V.
Personalbüro (keyword: DLGS)
Weberplatz 1
01217 Dresden

Please note that we will not be able to return your application dossier.

For questions concerning this job opportunity please contact: Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram (m.wolfram(at)ioer.de) indicating "DLGS" in the email subject.