Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of Deliberative Environmental Valuation

Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine EcologyLeibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology
(ZMT), Bremen

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) in Bremen is a member of the Leibniz Association, which is supported by the German Federal and State Governments. Through its research, ZMT contributes to developing science-based strategies for sustainable use of tropical coastal systems. In the working group of Institutional and Behavioural Economics (Chair Social Systems & Ecological Economics) we have a position available for a

Postdoctoral Researcher
in the field of Deliberative Environmental Valuation

(Reference number: 12 – Deliberative Environmental Valuation)

Our institute focuses on tropical marine ecosystems, which are relatively under researched but provide many valuable ecosystem services to society hence we are seeking for an expert on environmental valuation with an emphasis on deliberative methods.

In the past the ZMT has observed the strategic gap of environmental valuation and we appointed the Prof Dr Douglas MacMillan from the University of Kent, who is an expert in the field, to the Leibniz Chair. Together with him and the chair of Social Systems and Ecological Economics (Prof Dr Achim Schlüter) we are seeking to expand our capacity in this field by recruiting a Post Doctoral Researcher, who is willing to develop projects together with us, supervise joint PhD students, doing fieldwork, and writing papers with the larger aim of establishing a junior research group to improve environmental valuation competency at ZMT.

Within the philosophy of ZMT stakeholder engagement, participation, and cultural literacy of the researcher are important factors and we seek to build the research around synergies offered by classic economic valuation tools like, contingent valuation or choice experiments, stakeholder engagement tools and knowledge exchange theory and practice to build a more nuanced approach to valuation that seeks to study how values are developed and transformed by information, social exchange and cultural context. The successful candidate must be willing to travel and engage with people living in the tropical marine environment. We expect you to hold a PhD in the field of environmental valuation, and a track record of papers in relevant journals. If you do not have any experience in the tropics, you would have to convince us that you are able to work in such an environment. In return we are offering you an opportunity to develop your research in creative ways working closely in cooperation with motivated and experienced academic colleagues.

The employment envisages a 100% position (based on TV-L 13) to be filled for 2 years with the aims described above. Starting date is May 1, 2016 or perhaps slightly later. ZMT is an equal opportunity employer. Disabled persons with comparable qualification receive preferential status.

Interested candidates are invited to send their complete application including a motivation letter, a short CV with list of publications and skills, and contact information of two referees, and the Reference number “12 – Deliberative Environmental Valuation” via email as a single pdf file to Ms. Jessica Vince by March 31, 2016.

A first round of interviews will be organised by skype and will be followed by a second round.

In case of any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Achim Schlüter or Prof. Dr. Douglas MacMillan.

Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenökologie (ZMT) GmbH, Fahrenheitstraße 6, D – 28359 Bremen


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