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March 4, 2015 / societyforhumanecology

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Sustainability Transition at University of Hohenheim (Germany)

The University of Hohenheim (Germany) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position at the newly created Chair of Societal Transition and Agriculture. Rooted in social sciences and particularly drawing on the concepts of cultural landscapes and social-ecological resilience, the Chair is dedicated towards transdisciplinary sustainability research as related to a broad range of land-use systems. Central topics addressed are the conditions, potentials and problems of sustainable land use in the context of global change; for this, perceptions, preferences, knowledge and actions of land users as well as the societal discourses they are embedded in are investigated. The position offers exciting opportunities to be part of and to contribute to the establishment of this profile at one of Germany’s most beautiful universities.


For about 50% of your time, you will be carrying out research on a self-identified topic in the field of sustainability transformations in a land use-related application (e.g. values and beliefs and their role for triggering changes in production and consumption patterns; knowledge co-production; adaptive / transformative capacity, change agents, linkages between agrobiodiversity and food cultures). For the rest of the time, you will be developing, organizing and teaching courses at Bachelor and Master level (as connected to your individual expertise) as well as carrying out academic services (e.g. preparation of research proposals, project management).


We are looking for a person who:

  • Holds a university degree (Diploma or Master) in a relevant discipline (e.g. Agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, human geography, sociology)
  • Holds a PhD or has several years of experience in carrying out research projects
  • Is experienced in publishing for an international scientific audience
  • Has a thorough background in social sciences and a strong interest in transdisciplinary collaboration
  • Is interested in interactive teaching formats
  • Is willing and able to work in a team
  • Knowledge of German is preferable, but not mandatory

Employment conditions

Employment is full time for three years; an extension of up to three years could be negotiated. Start date is 1st April 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter. Salary will be paid according to German pay scale E13 TV-L. The University of Hohenheim wants to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and strongly encourages qualified female scientists to apply. With equal qualifications, preference will be given to candidates with disabilities.


The application should contain a motivation letter, an outline of your research ideas (max. three pages), a complete CV, copies of university certificates, and any other documentation that may be of interest (e.g. relevant publications). Please also include names and contact information of two academic referees.

Questions regarding this position may be directed to the future Head of the Chair of Societal Transition and Agriculture, Dr. Claudia Bieling at

Please send your email application in a single PDF file by 31st March, 2015, at the latest, to:

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