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Professorship (W3) for Social Ecology / Transdisciplinary Research on Society-Nature Relations / Scientific Director (f/m/d) of ISOE - Institute for Social-Ecological Research
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Frankfurt am Main
The Faculty of Biosciences at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Institute of Ecology, Evolution and Diversity in cooperation with ISOE –
Institute for Social-Ecological Research invites applications for the following position as public employee to be filled as soon as possible:
Professorship (W3) for Social Ecology / Transdisciplinary Research on Society-Nature Relations
The professorship is linked to the position of the
Scientific Director of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research
The ISOE is a non-university, non-profit research organisation in the legal form of a GmbH (Ltd.). With the Frankfurt Social Ecology, it represents a theoretically sound
research programme and sees itself as a pioneer of transdisciplinary sustainability research. The teaching load is reduced to two teaching lessons, due to the leadership
role to be carried out at ISOE.
We are looking for candidates with proven expertise in transdisciplinary research on the transformations in the relationship between society and the environment.
Applicants must have a relevant background in natural sciences, social sciences or humanities. They are expected to connect their research to issues of the biological
sciences. Links to approaches of transdisciplinary science studies or risk research are welcome. Research priorities may include sustainability, risk research on biodiversity
and/or social-ecological supply systems under conditions of global change, environmental resources and ecosystem services or transdisciplinary concepts and methods. Applicants
are also expected to have achieved outstanding results in academic teaching. The successful applicant is supposed to contribute to ISOE’s courses within the master's
programmes of the Goethe University.
With respect to the position of scientific director of ISOE, one of the main tasks is the further development of the Institute's research programme. Proven experience in leading a
scientific institution, major research associations or junior research groups, as well as acquiring and managing third-party funds is expected. Applicants should also have a cooperative
and discourse-based leadership style, experience and commitment in organizational and human resources development, and excellent communication skills. Proficiency in the German language
(GER Level C2) is expected.
The designated salary for the position is based on the German university pay scale or equivalent. Goethe University and ISOE are committed to increasing the proportion of female faculty
and therefore especially encourage women to apply. Applications of persons with international experience are explicitly encouraged. Severely handicapped applicants with equal qualification
and aptitude will be given preferential consideration. Both institutions offer excellent working conditions in a vibrant scientific community, embedded in the outstanding living and research
environment of the Frankfurt Metropolitan Region. For further information regarding the general conditions for professorship appointments, please see:
Researchers with an excellent record in research and teaching (habilitation or equivalent achievements) and who can prove internationally visible research achievements,
are invited to submit their application with the customary documentation (CV, publication list, teaching experience, past and future research focuses (max. 3 pages) as
well as sketch of ideas for the further development of the research programme of ISOE (max. 3 pages), overview of acquired external funding, certificates) in electronic
form (in a single PDF-file) by February,13th 2020 to the Dean of the Faculty of Biosciences Prof. Dr. Sven Klimpel, Goethe University Frankfurt, email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact persons for queries are the speaker of ISOE’s Executive Board, Dr. Thomas Jahn, email:
email@example.com and the Director of the Institute of Ecology, Evolution and Diversity, Prof. Dr. Jörg Oehlmann, email: