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Vacancies at the IOER

Senior Researcher (m,f,d) in the field of Landscape Governance and Transformation

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden offers the following position (employment according to WissZeitVG) for three years as soon as possible:

Senior Researcher (m,f,d)
in the field of Landscape Governance and Transformation

TV-L, E 13, Full time with 40 working hours per week.

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is a non-university research center, and a member of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft. Our subject is the sustainable development and transformation of cities and regions in the context of the global human-ecological crisis.
The advertised position is assigned to the research area 'Landscape Change and Management' (FB L).

Job Descripition/Task
We deal with questions of landscape change and transformation processes in cities and regions towards sustainable structures. The focus is on (urban) open spaces, their ecosystem services (ESS) and biodiversity, as well as on concepts, strategies and instruments to influence them as social-ecological systems. In this respect, the spectrum of work ranges from research on the fundamentals of change and sustainability transformation of landscapes and open spaces, through various planning and governance approaches to the development of assessment and indicator approaches of ESS and biodiversity. Concepts such as 'Nature Based Solutions', 'Green Infrastructure', and 'Biodiversity Offsets' are in the center of attention.

The advertised senior researcher position is intended to focus on questions of initiating and managing change through approaches of landscape governance and transformative landscape research. This should advance both our basic and transdisciplinary research agendas and initiate broader transfer processes. Within the scope of the research area there is also the possibility of co-designing the research program, as well as the acquisition and design of new projects (especially DFG) and research groups in an interdisciplinary team.

Expected skills and competencies

  • Master's or diploma degree in a relevant subject (e.g. spatial planning, landscape planning, urban planning, geography, environmental sciences).
  • Doctoral thesis in a relevant subject area, and thus in-depth knowledge in at least one of the following fields of work: Urban/landscape ecology, strategic ecological planning or environmental planning, landscape transformation, social-ecological system change.
  • Work experience in the research field outlined above.
  • Own publications in the above-mentioned subject areas (especially journal articles, book chapters or conference contributions).
  • Proof of an already successful acquisition of high-ranking third-party funds, as well as an already existing international network are advantageous.
  • Ability to work independently, teamwork, and high communication skills are required,
  • Very good German and English language skills (spoken and written).
  • Knowledge in handling MS-Office, geo information systems (ArcGis / QGIS) and statistical software is desired.

We offer you:

  • Collaboration in a highly motivated, interdisciplinary team in a leading research institute of the Leibniz Association,
  • flat hierarchies and opportunities for participation,
  • creative and motivating working environment,
  • lively social culture and diversity,
  • openness and trusting cooperation,
  • family justice and flexible working time models,
  • equal opportunities (multiple Total-E-Quality certification),
  • career planning and further education opportunities,
  • sustainability management,
  • job ticket.

We are particularly interested in applications from women. Applications from disabled persons with a comparable qualification will be given priority.

Place of work is Dresden.

Please send your application (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, diplomas, certificates of employment or references) in the form of a single PDF file as an e-mail attachment, stating the password "FB L", by November 20, 2020 to jobs@ioer.de or by post to:

Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung e.V.
Personalbüro (Kennwort: FB L)
Weberplatz 1, 01217 Dresden

Your application documents will not be returned, please submit only copies.

Job offer (PDF version)

Research Associate (Post-Doc) (m,f,d) - Economics of Transformation towards Sustainability in Cities and Regions

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development e. V. in Dresden advertises the following position at the earliest possible date (according to the German law on fixed-term contracts in science - WissZeitVG) for three years:

Research Associate (Post-Doc) (m,f,d)
Economics of Transformation
towards Sustainability in Cities and Regions
TV-L E-13, Post-Doc, (100%, 40 hours per week)

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden is a non-university research centre in the field of the spatial sciences and a member of the Leibniz Association. We investigate the conditions and dynamics of spatial sustainability transformations and their acceleration in the context of the global ecological crisis. The advertised position is allocated to the research area “Economic aspects of ecological urban and regional development”.

Position Description
We are looking for a research associate (Post-Doc) to support our research on the economics of sustainability transformations in and of cities and regions. The successful candidate will focus on selected aspects of the economics research agenda at IOER. Key tasks will be to sharpen innovative and pioneering research questions, to conduct theoretical and empirical research, and to promote knowledge transfer.

Core research topics could therefore be related to:

  • Eco-innovation or new sustainable business models and their spatial characteristics and implications (e.g. food sector, energy sector, water sector)
  • Urban and regional location patterns and dynamics and their ecological implications,
  • Economic policies and instruments influencing innovation and/or location patterns and dynamics
  • Integrated ecological-economic modelling at the urban and regional scale (involving e.g. agent-based modelling, structural modelling with heterogeneous agents)
  • Emerging spatial issues in the wider domain of sustainability economics and current pluralist approaches in economics

The successful candidate is expected to actively contribute to the IOER research program and to further strengthen the position of the institute in the European Research Area. This includes the acquisition of third party funding (e.g. Horizon Europe, DFG, BMBF), regular publication of research results in peer-reviewed international journals, as well as engagement in science communication and transfer.

Expected skills and competences

  • Excellent doctoral degree in a pertinent field, e.g. ecological and natural resource economics, economic geography, urban economics, sustainability science (with an economic focus)
  • Strong interest in sustainability transformations and their spatial implications
  • Practical experience in economic modelling, econometrics, and spatial economic analysis would be advantageous
  • Experiences with regard to the development and implementation of research activities in a European context (e.g. EU Research Framework Programme, ESPON, INTERREG) would be an asset.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, as well as excellent communication skills
  • Excellent English language skills (oral and written)
  • Sound organizational skills and work discipline
  • Willingness to improve German language skills (for foreign applicants).

What we offer:

  • Collaboration in a highly qualified interdisciplinary team at a leading research institute of the Leibniz Association
  • Flat hierarchies and opportunities for participation
  • Creative and motivating working environment
  • Vivid social culture and diversity
  • Openness and trusted cooperation
  • Family support and flexible working schedules
  • Equal opportunities (Total-E-Quality certified)
  • Career planning and training opportunities
  • Sustainability management
  • Allowance for a "Job-Ticket" for public transport

Place of work: IOER in Dresden

We particularly encourage applications of women. Applications of disabled persons with a comparable qualification will be considered by priority.

Please submit your complete application documents (motivation letter, CV, diplomas, transcripts, list of publications) in one PDF file by using the keyword "FB W" by November 20, 2020 to jobs[im]ioer.de or by regular mail:

Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung e.V.
Personalbüro (Keyword: FB W)
Weberplatz 1, 01217 Dresden, Germany

Please note that we will not be able to return your application dossier.

Job offer (PDF version)





Dr. Andrea Wendebaum

Phone +49 351 46 79 213

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