University of Freiburg Research Position Available

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Posted: 14 February 2019

The Chair of Environmental Economics and Resource Management at the University of
Freiburg, Germany, Prof. Dr. Stefan Baumgärtner) is seeking a Doctoral or Postdoctoral Researcher in Ecological, Environmental and Resource Economicsbeginning June 1, 2019 or the earliest date thereafter. The position is in the BMBF-funded project marEEshift, remunerated under state salary scheme TV-L E13, and limited to a term of three years. Employment is full-time (for PostDoc) or 75% part-time (for Doc).

The inter- and transdisciplinary, multi-partner collaborative research project marEEshift studies tipping points in the fisheries of the Western Baltic Sea. This is a coupled ecological-economic system under the influence of multiple economic, societal and political actors. The project aims to develop a theoretical and empirical, model-based understanding of how tipping-points in the ecological-economic system emerge, and which institutions and policy measures can shift the Western Baltic Sea into a regime of sustainability. Our group’s contribution to marEEshift is the model-based empirical and normative analysis of actors’ responsibility for the unsustainable developments of the past, and for sustainable developments in the future. To this end, we identify and assess actual and potential cause-and-effect-chains in the ecological-economic system against normative criteria of responsibility and sustainability.


  • cutting-edge research in the marEEshift-project according to the project’s workplan
  • exchange and integration of research results with other marEEshift-subprojects
  • publication of research results in scientific journals and presentations at conferences
  • presentations and reports to the funding agency

Ideal profile:

  • Master or PhD in economics or another relevant field (finished or near completion)
  • strong research motivation in the area of our group’s contribution to marEEshift
  • very good expertise in ecological-economic modelling, as well as in concepts of sustainability and responsibility
  • at least good German and English language proficiency (oral and written)
  • independence, reliability and good communication skills

We offer:

  • an attractive work environment within an interdisciplinary and international team at one of the best research universities of Europe
  • the opportunity to work towards a PhD or Habilitation
  • support for building your own independent scientific career (networking, mentoring, projects, funding and leading a junior research group, etc.)

Contact: Stefan Baumgärtner, +49.761.2033753,

Send your application (including cover letter, CV, transcripts, names and contact information of two academic references) as one single pdf via email to:

Screening of applications begins on April 1, 2019; the position remains open until filled.


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