Professorship in Social Sciences

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology and the University of Bremen invite applications for a joint professorship in Social Sciences (tenure as W2 University Professor)

Tropical coastal ecosystems are highly productive habitats with increasing ecological and economic importance. The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) is dedicated to the study of these ecosystems and the services they provide to human society. The mission of ZMT is therefore the investigation of tropical marine ecosystems, their resources, their sensitivity and the responses to natural environmental changes and human interactions. The aim of ZMT is to develop concepts for integrated coastal zone management based on the scientific analysis of tropical ecosystems in their complexity. To address this topic, ZMT is designed as trans- and interdisciplinary institute.

Since joining the Leibniz Association in 2009, ZMT has been expanding its expertise spectrum. As part of this process, three new professorships (one in Social Sciences) will be established in co-operation with the University of Bremen for which we seek outstanding researchers.

Candidates should be renowned for their scientific expertise and strong research profile. They need to commit to the mission of the ZMT combined with exceedingly relevant contributions to the program of the institute. For this purpose, the ability to work on an interdisciplinary level between natural and social sciences is ideally combined with field experience in tropical countries. Already existing active research contacts to tropical countries are an asset; the willingness to work abroad together with partners in the tropics is a prerequisite for the appointments. Furthermore, experience and strong potential in the acquisition of third party funded projects is highly important.

Professorship in Social Sciences (W2) Humans are intimately involved in the status and development of most coastal areas of the modern world. Therefore, ZMT looks for an innovative researcher, who provides additional perspectives for understanding the sustainable governance of marine and coastal resources. Currently, in the Social Science Department, the ZMT has a Social-Ecological Systems Group and an Institutional and Behavioural Economics Group. The new professor should complement the existing approaches with new views and ideas, igniting synergies with the current ZMT perspectives. ZMT focuses on the empirical and theoretical study of small-scale dynamics of social-ecological interactions on the scale of individuals and small societal groups. The successful candidate is expected to complement and strengthen this approach especially in the field of ecosystem services and their relation to human actions.

The new professor should have experience in analyzing marine coastal issues, preferably in tropical areas. It is important that the successful candidate is regionally flexible and has strong achievements and experiences in methodology and theory.

Inquiries can be directed to the director of ZMT, Prof. Dr. H. Westphal, e-mail

Applicants must have the necessary formal qualifications as set out in § 18 of Bremisches Hochschulgesetz (BremHG) and are expected to participate in teaching (2 SWS). Proficiency in English is mandatory.

The members of the Leibniz Association and the University of Bremen offer a family-friendly working environment. They strongly encourage women with appropriate qualifications to apply for the position. Women with equivalent qualifications, competence and expertise will be given preference.

The state government, ZMT and the University support the employment of disabled persons. Persons with disabilities will, with appropriate qualifications and aptitudes, be employed preferentially.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, qualifying documentation (publications, evidence of external funding, teaching experience) and a short research and teaching plan should be submitted – preferentially by email in a single pdf-file – to the address below. Closing date is 6.01.2012.

The postal address for all applications is:

Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenökologie GmbH
z.H. Frau Isabel Sanz Jannke
Fahrenheitstrasse 6
28359 Bremen



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