The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.
PostDoc "Social sciences of climate change impacts on coastal ecosystems " (m/f/d)
This position is part of the BMBF-funded project PlanktoSERV in the junior working group led by Dr Cédric Meunier. The aim of PlanktoSERV is to realistically assess the impact of global change on coastal ecosystems, and to provide a robust understanding of future ecosystem services alterations. PlanktoSERV supports two PhD students and two postdocs.
Understanding and predicting the influence of global change on ecosystem services is of utmost importance for national and transnational climate politics and law, for instance, with regard to the EU Water Framework Directive. Indeed, through simultaneous changes in temperature, pH, nutrient loads, global change puts coastal marine systems under enormous pressure, threatening biological community structure and functioning, and altering the associated ecosystem services. Given the magnitude of this threat, a number of mitigation strategies have appeared over the past two decades. However, those efforts rely on incomplete scientific knowledge since most studies to date have focused on single stressors. The PlanktoSERV project tackles this issue by conducting multiple-stressor studies to provide a robust understanding of how ecosystem services may be altered by global change. Ultimately, the goal of PlanktoSERV is to link natural and social science information to improve our understanding of human-nature interactions in coastal areas, and to support practical coastal management.
combine the concepts of ecosystem services with quantitative and qualitative social science methods to assess climate change impacts on coastal ecosystems and human perception of change processes.
determine how alterations of ecosystem services affect human systems, and conduct an integrated assessment of multiple-stressor-based global change mitigation options.
be expected to develop an independent line of research targeting sustainable management of coastal ecosystems in the context of global change. You are therefore required to submit a two pages research proposal together with the other application documents.
gain supervising experience by working together with bachelor and master students, as well as with the two PhD students already working in PlanktoSERV.
present scientific results at international conferences and will be given the opportunity to teach.
closely collaborate with the other postdoc of PlanktoSERV responsible of analyzing the response of food webs to global change using multivariate statistics.
a PhD degree in Social Sciences with a strong focus on global change dynamics of marine social-ecological systems
strong experience in developing tailored mitigation pathways
interdisciplinary experience on climate change processes and ecological economics would be an asset
good publication record
strong team player skills
transdisciplanry working experience
strong cooperation and communication skills in English language written and oral. Knowledge of German is not mandatory but is an asset.
For further information please contact Dr. Cédric Meunier (Cedric.Meunier@awi.de, +49(4725)819-3143)
This is a full-time position, limited to 2 years, expected starting date September 1st, 2020. It is also suitable for part-time employment. The salary will be paid in accordance with the Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federation (Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes, TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13. The place of employment will be Helgoland.
Postdocs can register with AWI's postdoc office PROCEED, thereby gaining access to a set of tailor made career development tools.
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our scientific success – excellent research.
collaboration and cooperation – intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary.
opportunities to develop – on the job, aiming at other positions and beyond AWI.
a culture of reconciling work and family – audited, and even more than that.
our outstanding research infrastructure – ships, stations, aircraft, laboratories and more.
an international environment – everyday contacts with people from all over the world.
having an influence – fundamental research with social and political relevance
flat hierarchies – freedom and responsibility.
exciting topics – also in technology, administration and infrastructure.
Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims to increase the number of female employees and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply.
Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have been awarded the certificate “Career and Family”.
We look forward to your application!
Please forward your application by July 31st, 2020 exclusively online. You are required to submit a two pages research proposal together with the other application documents.
Reference number: 20/92/D/Bio-b