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ISOE - Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung

The ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, based in Frankfurt am Main/Germany, is a leading non-commercial and non-academic institute for transdisciplinary sustainability research. For over 25 years, the Institute has been developing social-ecological concepts, thus providing support for sound decision-making processes by policy makers, civil society and industry. This way, ISOE contributes to sustainable development and provides the impetus for critical and sustainable science. Our clients and sponsors include national and international public institutions and corporations.
The ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, Research Unit Biodiversity and People invites applications for a

Research scientist position in Ecosystem Services and Green Infrastructure - Dynamics of Use and Regulation

(part-time 65%, possibility to work on a PhD thesis given)


We seek a researcher who is interested in obtaining a PhD and would like to work in an interdisciplinary team that interlinks social and natural sciences. The candidate will work on the dynamics of use and regulations of ecosystem services provided by Green Infrastructure along an urban-rural gradient. Strong qualitative and quantitative skills in empirical social research are required. A background in one of the following areas is desirable: Human Geography, Political Science, Environmental Sciences, or a related field. The research work is part of the collaboration with the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre BiK-F as well as a project of researchers from Germany, France, Belgium, Eastland, and Norway. Thus, excellent written and spoken English and German are mandatory. Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team is also required. Knowledge of the Ecosystem Services concept incl. trade-offs in managing ecosystem services would be beneficial. Our aim is to provide the candidate with the possibility to work on a PhD thesis based on the project’s topics.

Position requirements:
■ Master‘s degree in Human Geography, Political Science, Environmental Sciences, or a re-lated field. The master‘s thesis must have been submitted before the application deadline. A prerequisite for taking up the position is the successful completion of a master‘s degree.
■ Strong research skills in qualitative and quantitative empirical social research
■ Excellent oral and written communication skills
■ Motivation to work in an interdisciplinary working environment
■ English and German language proficiency
■ Willingness to communicate with stakeholders and to work within an international European research team

Salary and benefits are equivalent to a public service position in Germany (TV-H E 13). The position will be part-time (65%) for 3 years. ISOE is an equal opportunity employer. The place of employment will be Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The employer is ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research.
Please send your application via e-mail in a single PDF file (max. 5 MB) which should include a cover letter describing your motivation to apply, and a detailed CV plus the names of two references by January 6th, 2017 to:
Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung (ISOE) GmbH, Dr. Thomas Jahn, bewerbungen@isoe.de
For scientific enquiries please contact: Dr. Marion Mehring (mehring@isoe.de)

Bewerbungsschluss: 06.01.2017 Erschienen auf academics.de am 29.11.2016
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