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The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

The job

The department of Environmental Politics is looking for a PhD Researcher (f/m/x) in the new Graduate Schoolon the topic: “Governance Monitor – Tracking and assessing governance narratives for sustainability transformations”

Your tasks

The successful candidate will track the development of risk assessment and management measures for the sustainable use of chemicals in a circular economy. Chemical policies play a key role in governing the circular economy as materials that become increasingly polluting over time. Therefore, this project asks how narratives of chemical policies have evolved since the REACH regulation entered into force (2007) and whether and how policy narratives consider discrepancies between policy provisions (e.g. within REACH) and implementation practices (e.g. the different tests available and applied). To meet these objectives, the successful candidate will:

  • Analyse narratives on EU chemicals policy over time,
  • Contribute to the theorizing on discourses and narratives in sustainability transformation,
  • Create peer-reviewed journal articles in collaboration with the research group and international partners,
  • Communicate and disseminate research results to diverse audiences, e.g. private sector, public sector, students, civil society.
  • We offer
  • Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
  • The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between basic research and close to being ready for application
  • Work in inter-disciplinary, multinational teams
  • Excellent links with national and international research networks
  • Excellent support and optimal subject-specific and general training with our HIGRADE graduate school
  • Remuneration in accordance with the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13
  • Your profile
  • Very good university degree (Master, Diploma) in political/social science, human geography or natural resource management, environmental studies, sustainability science or comparable field with a strong emphasis on social questions
  • English language proficiency (CEFR level C1 or higher) and working knowledge of German
  • Prior engagement with theories & concepts from the areas of narratives/discourses/storytelling
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a desire to cooperate closely with the other members of the Graduate School
  • Excellent team work capabilities in a multidisciplinary, international team
  • The following experience is beneficial:

  • Experience in conducting social empirical research, discourse analysis in particular
  • Experience in environment or technology related social science research
  • Experience in publishing and presenting research findings in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific conferences
  • Experience within one or more of the fields of research: circular economy, chemicals policy

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