Doctoral research fellow (m/f/d), with 100 % of regular working hours - E 13 TV-L HU (third-party funding limited until 29.02.2028)

Humboldt University of Berlin
February 18, 2023
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Job discription :

Scientific tasks within the BMBF-funded project BIOPOLISTA, in particular

  • independent planning of and carrying out qualitative comparative empirical research, especially country case studies
  • Active participation in co-authoring and drafting various joint publications, policy briefs, and project reports
  • Scholarly qualification (PhD) in the context of the project
  • Regular presentations of project results to scientific audiences and the broader public
  • Supporting the project leaders in project coordination and administration tasks, such as organizing workshops, advisory board meetings, and research visits from partner universities and writing annual reports
  • Content management of the project website and the overview website of current BMBF bioeconomy junior research groups
  • Requirements:

  • Above-average university degree (M.A., M.Sc., or equivalent) in political science, sociology, agricultural economics, or a related discipline
  • Experience in employing methods of qualitative empirical social research
  • Experience in research on policy analysis
  • Excellent skills in written and oral English
  • Willingness to travel and conduct field research over extended periods of time
  • Excellent organizational skills, demonstrated ability to work independently, and willingness to work together as a group
  • Desirable:

  • Experience in inter- and transdisciplinary research
  • Knowledge of scholarly debates on bioeconomy and/or related sub-fields, such as biotechnology, bioenergy, and circular economy
  • Knowledge of policy implementation, theoretical concepts of the state, historical institutionalism, and political economy
  • Advanced knowledge of German as well as Spanish, French or Portuguese
  • Passion for agricultural policy as a cross-cutting societal task
  • Project Background:

    The Junior Research Group BIOPOLISTA studies the implementation of bioeconomy policies adopted by emerging "bioeconomy states" to ensure the transition to a sustainable bioeconomy. Policies that promote bioeconomy transformations are proliferating around the globe. Scholars have focused on bioeconomy discourses, international governance patterns, conflicting goals, and policy design and content. However, little to no research has been aimed towards understanding whether and how bioeconomy policies are implemented. The project addresses the lack of a comprehensive perspective on the implementation of bioeconomy policies by combining policy analysis approaches with the historical-institutionalist concept of the "bioeconomy state". On this basis, it studies diverging patterns and causes of bioeconomy policy implementation success and failure within and across six countries with sizable bioeconomies and emerging bioeconomy states (namely, Germany, France, Colombia, Malaysia, South Africa, and the United States of America). BIOPOLISTA is co-lead by Dr. Maria Proestou and Dr. Nicolai Schulz and has a duration of five years starting on March 1, 2023. lt is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under the program "Bioeconomy as Societal Change".

    For questions regarding your application please contact Dr. Maria Proestou ([email protected]).

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    Please send your application, and quoting the reference number DR/007/23 preferably as one pdf file via email to [email protected] or to the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Life Sciences, Institute for Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Dr. Maria Proestou (based: Philippstr. 13- Haus 12 A), Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin.

    The application should include a cover letter in English, curriculum vitae, degree certificates and one single­authored English writing sample (e.g. a term paper, thesis, scholarly publication, or a blog article). Please also clarify in your cover letter whether you have any preferences with regard to the case study country you would conduct research on/in.

    The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply. Since we will not return your documents, please submit copies in the application only.

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