Scientist (Postdoc) (f/m/d) multilevel science-policy dialogues on agri-food, climate change and biodiversity interrelations

Updated: 28 days ago

The mission of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) as a nationally and internationally active research institute is to deliver solutions for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society. ZALF is a member of the Leibniz Association and is located in Müncheberg (approx. 35 minutes by regional train from Berlin-Lichtenberg). The institute also maintains locations in Dedelow and Paulinenaue.

We are offering a postdoc position within the project “Leibniz Lab: Systemic Sustainability ” addressing interrelations and trade-offs between climate change and biodiversity in agri-food systems. Research from across scientific disciplines in various Leibniz Research Institutes will be synthesized and made tangible for science-policy dialogues at multiple levels. The core question is: how can we preserve biodiversity and create resilient agri-food systems in the face of the climate crisis? The focus of this position is to co-lead the work package on science-policy dialogue in close cooperation the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA). The fulltime position will start as soon as possible and is limited until March 2027.

Scientist (Postdoc) (f/m/d) to:

support multilevel science-policy dialogues on agri-food, climate change and biodiversity interrelations

Your tasks:

  • map existing science-policy dialogue processes and stakeholder fora at the intersection of climate change, biodiversity, and the agri-food system at multiple levels from local to global
  • identify interrelations across the science-policy dialogue processes
  • co-develop forms of effective dialogue between researchers of the Leibniz Lab and societal actors
  • analyse how and when simulation models can efficiently support science-policy dialogue
  • produce outstanding publications on aspects of the policy-science interface
  • organize events and workshops for dialogues with international and national stakeholders
  • cooperate closely with colleagues at other Leibniz Institutions, especially GIGA, in all of the above

Your qualifications:

  • PhD in agronomy or related field with a focus on science-policy interaction in agri-food systems, biodiversity and climate change
  • experience with science-policy dialogues and conducting stakeholder workshops at local to national levels
  • understanding of the use of models for science policy dialogues
  • proven publication skills
  • experience in teamwork and project management
  • as an internationally research institution, located in Germany we require good to very good written and spoken English skills and the willingness to take part in further training as part of the language courses in German offered internally

We offer:

  • a salary according to the collective agreement of the German federal states (TV-L): classification up to E13 (including special annual payment)
  • an interdisciplinary, motivating and collaborative research environment
  • research themes that are both scientifically intriguing and socially relevant
  • well established national and international scientific networks
  • room for scientific maneuver and support in career development
  • a rural landscape environment with high recreation value that is just a 35 min train ride from Berlin
  • in-house language courses in German and English

Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored. It is generally possible to work in the position on a part-time basis. Please send your application preferably online (see button online application below). For e-mail applications, create a PDF document (one PDF file, max. 5 MB; packed PDF documents, archive files like zip, rar etc. Word documents cannot be processed and therefore cannot be considered!) with the usual documents, in particular motivation letter, CV, proof of qualification and certificates, stating the reference number 37-2024 until May 20, 2024 (see button e-mail application below).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: Prof. Dr. Katharina Helming, +49 (0) 33432/82-155, helming(at) .

For cost reasons, application documents or extensive publications can only be returned if an adequately stamped envelope is attached.

If you apply, we collect and process your personal data in accordance with Articles 5 and 6 of the EU GDPR only for the processing of your application and for purposes that result from possible future employment with the ZALF. Your data will be deleted after six months.

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