Research Scientist at UFZ

Whoever wants to investigate the major challenges for society has to be immersed in the best environment from the off: outstanding education, inspiring surroundings and a professional kit. You can find all this at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ.

The Department of Environmental Politics is offering a part-time (50%) position for a Research Scientist (Post-Doc; m/f) (code digit 166/2012) available for up to 48 months, conditional on final approval of the EU, within the EU-FP 7-funded project “Operationalisation of natural capital and ecosystem services: from concepts to real-world applications” (Open-NESS).

The project with more than 30 European partners will develop innovative and practical ways of applying the concepts of ecosystem services (ESS) and natural capital (NC) in land, water and urban management and policy making. It will identify how these concepts can be further developed and mainstreamed into policy making at European and other policy levels. Furthermore, it will analyse in a set of case study contexts (ranging across different localities, sectors and scales) and in cooperation with stakeholders how to improve the usefulness and relevance of these concepts for problem solution. The project is thus transdisciplinary but also highly interdisciplinary requiring close interaction between natural and social scientists from various disciplines.

The successful candidate will have the following responsibilities:

  • Coordination of a work package on regulatory frameworks and drivers of ecosystem change.
  • Independently conduct specific tasks, in particular guide and conduct policy analyses in several European policy fields.
  • Contribute to reporting and management issues.
  • Interact with other working groups within the project, in particular in relation to conceptual frameworks and case study work, and organise jointly stakeholder-workshops.
  • Contribute to the analysis and publication of project results.

The successful candidate should have a PhD in political sciences or related disciplines and experience in applying methods of policy analysis in various policy fields. She/he will be familiar with policy making at the European level and with the European multi-level governance system, within but also beyond environmental policy. Moreover, she/he should be used to interdisciplinary work with natural scientists preferably in the field of ecosystem services science or biodiversity research. We seek a scientist who is highly motivated to work within and take responsibili-ties in a team with a broad range of scientific backgrounds.

The place of work is Leipzig, Germany. Salary will be according to the appropriate civil service level TVöD, pay grade 13. The UFZ is an equal opportunity employer. Women are explicitly encouraged to apply to increase their share in science and research. Physically handicapped persons will be favoured if they are equally qualified.

Further Information:

Prof. Dr. Christoph Görg, Tel. +49-(0)341 235 1628, E-Mail:

Please send your complete application documents until 07.12.2012 under the code digit 166/2012 to the personnel department, P.O. Box 500136, D-04301 Leipzig, Germany or by E- Mail to The post will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH (UFZ) is the first research institution with EMAS certification. In order to promote sustainability, we ask you to send your application via email.


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