Postdoc Researcher ’Discourses of the Circular Bio-Economy’ (2 years)

ArbeitsortFreiburg i.Br., Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland


Postdoc Researcher "Discourses of the Circular Bio-Economy" (2 years)

The Chair of Societal Transition and Circular Economy invites applications for the position of Postdoc Researcher "Discourses of the Circular Bio-Economy" (2 years)

Consider making the switch to the University of Freiburg: It is one of the most renowned and strongest research universities in Germany, with a history spanning more than 500 years. You’ll engage in top-notch research and teaching with a unique spectrum of disciplines, perspectives, and people - right in the heart of one of Germany’s most beautiful cities.
The University of Freiburg’s human resources policy is oriented toward the principles of equal opportunity and diversity. The university is committed to the goal of creating a family-friendly university.

The Chair of Societal Transition and Circular Economy invites applications for the position of

About the Research Group

Research at the Chair of Societal Transition and Circular Economy aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the emergence and potential pathways of a circular economy in bio-based sectors in Europe and beyond. To achieve integrated insights into political, economic, and societal change processes, the group combines perspectives from political science, sociology, economics, and industrial ecology. It is located in an exciting international network of scholars from diverse disciplines.

About the Job

The Postdoctoral Researcher’s primary task is to advance our understanding of discourses related to a circular economy across bio-economy sectors in Europe.

This task will involve case study research and quantitative assessments of industry sectors (e.g. on supply chains developing around food waste or wood/paper packaging). In particular, the Postdoctoral Researcher will conduct empirical research, e.g. collecting and analyzing interviews, policy documents, social network and observation data. This research will involve travelling within Europe. Theoretically, the candidate will apply the Discursive Agency Approach, which places a particular emphasis on the role of actors in the creation of discourses. Based on the empirical results, the candidate will prepare academic papers that deepen and enhance the approach or align with industrial ecology knowledge on resource flows and environmental impacts of circular economy initiatives (generated by other group members). In the latter task, the Postdoctoral Researcher will cooperate closely with the head of the research group.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be given the opportunity to participate in the supervision of BSc/MSc/PhD theses and teaching, depending on departmental needs.

Qualifications, competencies & experience

  • Successful course of academic study (Master’s degree and Ph.D.) in political/social science, human geography or natural resource management, environmental studies, sustainability science with a strong emphasis on political questions;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English (knowledge of French or German is an asset);
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting social empirical research, especially collecting and analyzing qualitative data;
  • Knowledge of theories & concepts applied in environmental governance, especially discourse analysis;
  • A strong interest in interdisciplinary work, especially with the environmental sciences;
  • Demonstrated experience in publishing in peer-reviewed journals and presenting research findings at international scientific conferences;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to adapt to an international work environment;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a desire to cooperate closely with the group;
  • Ability to engage with researchers and stakeholders from a range of backgrounds;
  • Willingness to travel internationally.

We offer

The position presents the chance to be part of an established, interdisciplinary group committed to cutting-edge research in sustainability science. Your position includes participation in national and international scientific conferences and the possibility to acquire further training related to your professional development (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> kurse_postdocs-en/index-en-en) or teaching and supervising (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.hochschuldidaktik.uni-f You will be located in an interdisciplinary department (focusing on environmental and social science) with renowned staff, excellent research networks and an international, multi-disciplinary student body in the heart of the Black Forest.

The term of the contract is two years The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E13  

Please send a cover and motivation letter (in English, 2 pages max.), a CV, an example of your scientific writing, copies of relevant certificates and transcripts, and contact details of at least two references.

We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Please send in a complete and convincing application in English the above-mentioned supporting documents including the reference number 00000541, by date 05.06.2019 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:

University of Freiburg Chair of Societal Transition and Circular Economy Sina Leipold Tennenbacher Str. 4
79106 Freiburg
E-Mail (please one PDF file named with your surname (e.g. Smith.pdf):
Sina.leipold [at] transition[.]

For further information, please contact Sina Leipold on the phone number +49 761 203-8678 or E-Mail sina.leipold [at] transition[.]

General and legal remarks:
Full-time positions may generally be split up into two or more part-time positions, provided that there are no formal or legal barriers. Candidates are selected in accordance with the provisions of the AGG (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz - German General Equal Treatment Act).
Applicants with disabilities (Schwerbehinderte Menschen) will be given preferential consideration in case of equal qualification.
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