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The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) is offering the following position, initially limited to period of 18 months (temporary employment contract according to WissZeitVG) as of 1 January 2019:


from the field of planning or the spatial sciences

(TV-L E 13, half-time position/ 50 %)

in the BMBF project "Urban-Rural Assembly (URA): Managing inclusive transformation to sustainability processes at the urban-rural interface of the Huangyan-Taizhou region in China through the development of new strategic governance tools and the implementation of exemplary pilot projects as catalysts for regional value chains."

The position is initially limited to 18 months (1st project phase) due to current funding restrictions. An extension will be sought to 30 June 2024, dependent on the acquisition of additional funding.

Based in Dresden, the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) is a spatial science research institution of the Leibniz Association focused on ecological issues of sustainable development. In accordance with its mission statement, the Institute strives to develop a solid scientific foundation for the sustainable development of cities and regions in the national and international context.

The research and development project is led by the Habitat Unit of the TU Berlin and consists of an international network of leading research institutions from Germany and China as well as regional partners from the Chinese region Huangyan-Taizhou in the province of Zhejiang. The IOER is a member of the consortium. Work will be largely carried out within the ambit of the research area “Landscape Change and Management”.

Tasks of the initial project phase (18 months):

Preliminary analysis of existing data for the development and discussion of various longitudinal spatial sections (transects) of highly dense inner-city areas as well as rural and near-natural areas. Final and intensive clarification of the accessibility of data as well as coordination with the consortium partners.

Selection and harmonisation of practical indicators for landscapes and ecosystem services.

Detailed analysis of existing accessible base data for the chosen longitudinal landscape sections.

Examination of the possibility of designing a GIS-based data and mapping framework for the longitudinal landscape section as well as for the wider Huangyan-Taizhou region.


  • Completed university education (Master’s degree or Diplom) of above-average grade in the field of planning or in the spatial sciences and related to the project topic, e.g. landscape-, spatial- or urban planning, geography, landscape ecology, architecture or similar,

  • preferably a completed doctorate on a relevant topic of international urban and landscape research; ideally dealing with topics of urban-rural landscapes and/or urbanisation processes in China,

  • experience in interdisciplinary research and projects as well as knowledge of methods to assess the ecosystem services of cities, landscapes and regions by applying GIS in an international context,

  • in particular, knowledge of theories and methods to investigate processes of urbanisation, the development of rural areas as well as the urban-rural-landscape nexus.

A very good level of spoken and written English is essential. Chinese language skills are also an advantage. Candidates should also be familiar with Office applications and be prepared to conduct business trips, also outside Germany.

We offer you an excellently equipped workplace as well as an extremely interesting field of research of considerable social and international importance.

The IOER wishes to employ more female scientists and thus explicitly encourages applications from women. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Please send your completed application (a single PDF only) as an e-mail attachment with the reference "URA" to Dr. Andrea Wendebaum ( by 18 November 2018 or by post to the following address:

Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development

Personnel Office (URA)
Weberplatz 1
01217 Dresden


Dr. Andrea Wendebaum

Phone +49 351 46 79 213

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