Scientific researcher (m/f/d) on “Innovations in sustainable land management“

Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg

The mission of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) as a nationally and internationally active research institute is to deliver solutions for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society. ZALF is a member of the Leibniz Association and is located in Müncheberg (approx. 35 minutes by regional train from Berlin-Lichtenberg). It also maintains a research station with further locations in Dedelow and Paulinenaue.

The working group Co-Design of Change and Innovation (InnoChange) focuses on the actors of agricultural landscapes with their values, norms, interests and knowledges as well as their actions in the context of transformation, change and innovation processes. We work on the analysis of individual, organizational and inter-organizational spatial interactions in institutional contexts, which are influenced by external as well as internal drivers (climate change, demographic change, normative models and goals). Reflecting actions of actors, our focus is on ways of design and acceptance of new approaches to solve conflicts in agricultural landscapes. Primarily considered are processes in Europe as well as in Asia (especially China, Indonesia). Transdisciplinary approaches are used conceptually and are by themselves subject of investigation.

We are currently looking for the next possible date, limited until the end of 2019 (extension sought) at our location in Müncheberg a

Scientific researcher (m/f/d) on “Innovations in sustainable land management“

(E 13 TV-L with 75% of regular working hours)

Your tasks:

  • Participation in the accompanying scientific project "Innovation Groups for Sustainable Land Management”;
  • Literature research and analysis on current transformation and innovation processes in the field of sustainable land management;
  • preparation, implementation and evaluation of qualitative interviews;
  • Collaboration on superordinate questions of the working group and on synthesis products;
  • Support in the planning, implementation and documentation of regional stakeholder workshops (in Germany);
  • Collaboration for and publication of research results in international scientific journals and other relevant publication organs; willingness to present results at scientific conferences;
  • Taking over tasks of science management and public relations 

Your qualifications:

  • above-average degree (Master's, Diploma, Magister) in the field of (spatially related) social sciences, human geography, agricultural sciences, sustainability sciences, environmental sciences, sociology of technology or similar;
  • strong interest in inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches;
  • knowledge of theories and concepts of sustainability, socio-technical change or innovation and acceptance research would be an advantage;
  • initial experience in the application of methods of empirical social research desirable;
  • ability to work in a team, high level of commitment and independent work;
  • very good knowledge of German and English (written and spoken).

We offer:

  • excellent research conditions;
  • a collegial and open-minded working environment that encourages independent action and independent work;
  • flexible working hours.

Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored. Please send your application preferably by e-mail (one PDF file, max. 5 MB) with the usual documents, in particular CV, proof of qualification and certificates, stating the reference number 20-2020 until 31.03.2020 to: Bewerbungen(at)zalf.de.

For further questions please contact: apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Weith, thomas.weith(at)zalf.de, Tel. 033432/82-124

For cost reasons, application documents or extensive publications can only be returned if an adequately stamped envelope is attached.

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You can find further information at: www.zalf.de/en/ueber_uns/Pages/Datenschutzerklaerung.asp