Postdoc: Social-Ecological Systems / Conservation Science / Landscape Ecology

Note: Below is a job ad (please help distribute it!). I’m looking for a postdoc to join my research team. I have defined the position so that it should be interesting to ambitious candidates who plan a long-term career in academia, and who are looking for a springboard to establish their own research group; in any of the fields listed above. The official job ad lives on the university website.

Leuphana University of Lüneburg stands for innovation in education and scholarship based on the values of a humanistic, sustainable and entrepreneurial university. The collaborative search for knowledge and viable solutions in the areas of education, culture, sustainability as well as management and entrepreneurship defines the university model with its award-winning College, Graduate School and Professional School. Methodological diversity and interdisciplinary cooperation characterize our academic understanding.

The Social-Ecological System’s Institute (SESI) currently has a vacancy for a

Postdoctoral Researcher
social ecological systems/conservation science/landscape ecology (m/f/d)
(salary group EG 13 TV-L).

The position is full-time and is to be filled in as soon as possible for a fixed term of two years. It will be associated with the professorship “Sustainable Landscapes” (Prof. Joern Fischer).

The position has two main objectives, each of which will account for approximately half the number of work hours. The first objective is to support the professorship in research, teaching and administration of the institute, as well as independently teach a small number of courses (3 hours per week during the semester). The second objective is for the postdoctoral researcher to prepare her or his own funding proposals, for which she or he can draw on existing experience within the institute. We specifically seek to support high quality proposals for competitive junior research groups, such as ERC Starting Grants, DFG Emmy-Noether Groups, or BMBF junior research groups in the sustainability or bioeconomy funding streams. The position thus serves to support the professorship but is also a unique opportunity to establish scientific independence; and will strengthen the Social-Ecological Systems Institute in the medium term.

Your tasks:

  • Supporting the professorship “Sustainable Landscapes” as well as the Social-Ecological Systems Institute in research, teaching and administration
  • Preparation and submission of competitive grant proposals, especially for junior research groups (e.g. ERC, DFG, BMBF)
  • Further developing your own academic qualifications
  • Teaching within the areas of conservation science and/or social-ecological systems (3 hours per week during the semester)

Your profile:

  • Completed university degree (Master or equivalent) in a field that is relevant to the Social-Ecological Systems Institute
  • Completed PhD or equivalent in a field that is relevant to the Social-Ecological Systems Institute, ideally less than four years ago
  • Outstanding research and publication achievements relative to the year of PhD completion
  • Teamwork skills and independence
  • Enthusiasm for teaching
  • Excellent communication skills in English

We offer:

  • Flexible and family friendly working hours
  • Internal and external professional training
  • Sports and health courses for employees
  • Employer-funded pension contributions

For questions about the position please contact Prof. Joern Fischer (

Leuphana University Lüneburg promotes gender equity and heterogeneity among its members. Applications by disabled persons with equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment. We look forward to your application.

Please take note of our data protection information for applicants (currently available in German only).

Please submit a motivation letter, explain your fit with respect to each point in the position profile in one paragraph each, and also submit your CV and publication list. Please submit your application (without a photo) by 31 December 2021 digitally (as a single, merged PDF file), or by mail to:

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Personalservice, z.Hd. Mirjam Windolf-Hörr
Kennwort: WiMi Sustainable Landscapes
Universitätsallee 1
21335 Lüneburg

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