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PostDoc on social and ecological change under isolation (f/m/d)
Published(160 days ago)
Deadline for applications(134 days ago)
Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)Oldenburg
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 on social and ecological change under isolation (m/f/d)
The Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg (HIFMB) is a collaboration between AWI and the Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg. HIFMB invites applications for a PostDoc Position on societal and ecological change under isolation (m/f/d).
Your core task will be to integrate aspects of ecological and social change processes under isolation into a coherent framework. While there are disciplinary approaches describing some of the contributing dynamics, we aim at developing an encompassing framework. Due to their often restricted size and isolated setting, islands can be sentinels of global change and offer a unique opportunity to understand the multiple dimensions of this change.
The task is hence of a highly interdisciplinary nature: Taking islands as a starting point, you will assess how change processes occur regarding social constellations and ecosystems, as well as the interrelations between social and ecological processes. Regarding the natural sciences, a research assistant will help with the literature overview and prepare the relevant (mostly quantitative) data. Based on the profound literature overview, we will ask you to develop a set of questions and hypotheses on social and ecological change on islands.
You will be situated at the HIFMB in Oldenburg, advised by Prof. Dr. Helmut Hillebrand, with strong collaborations with the Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Oldenburg (Prof. Dr. Jannika Mattes) and the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT, Dr. Annette Breckwoldt).
Integrate aspects of ecological and social change processes under isolation into a coherent framework.
Developing such an integrated concept will involve in-depth literature studies of a) theories and empirical cases of societal transitions, institutional change and innovation, and of b) thresholds and planetary boundaries.
Analyse island studies in order to understand the specific conditions of change under (relative) isolation.
Develop a set of questions and hypotheses on social and ecological change on islands.
Mandatory requirement for application is an outstanding interdisciplinary PhD in marine social sciences, transition research, human geography, applied marine ecology or related fields.
Experiences and skills in social sciences.
Additional experience in marine biology are appreciated. This can be interdisciplinary research experience and methods of empirical social science research, related to e.g., social-ecological systems, social inequalities, vulnerability and resilience of coastal communities, conflicts and risk management, transition research or marine spatial planning.
Analysis skills for both qualitative and quantitative data would be a preferred asset.
Knowledge of potential uses of geographic information systems and/or network approaches would be a preferred asset.
Proficiency in English
Open mind for working in a problem-oriented manner with professionals from diverse backgrounds.
The position is limited to December 31th, 2020. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13.
The place of employment will be Oldenburg.
This characterizes us
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 for women and men are an integral part of our personnel policy. Therefore, we encourage 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 May 8th, 2019 exclusively online.
Reference number 34/D/HIFMB-b