Postdoc (f/m/x) – Discourses and Narratives for Sustainability Transformation

The Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ

Germany

May 30, 2022

Description

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.

Narratives are considered critical for achieving transformations to sustainability. Improved knowledge on the design of novel narratives for sustainability transformation will contribute to promoting transformative change.

The Department of Environmental Politics is seeking:

Postdoc (f/m/x) – Discourses and Narratives for Sustainability

Transformation

The working time is 100 % (39 hours/week). Starting date is 1 September 2022, the position is initially limited until 31 August 2024.

Your tasks:

Discourses and narratives are critical to develop and implement solutions for global environmental change. How these communication techniques and cognitive structures impact processes of sustainability transformation remains under researched. The successful candidate will explore the role of discourses and narratives for sustainability transformation, using theoretical and empirical work, ideally this includes exploring concepts and methodologies for co-developing new narratives for sustainability transformations. The specific research questions and empirical focus are open to the candidate as long as they align with the current fields of research at UFZ outlined below.

Embedded in the research of the Department of Environmental Politics the successful candidate will:

  • Develop an own research program on discourses and narratives related to and in collaboration with one or more of the following fields of research at UFZ: circular economy, bioeconomy, biodiversity and land use, sustainable cities, energy transitions, negative emissions, water management, sustainable supply chains
  • Contribute to the theorizing on discourses and narratives in sustainability transformation
  • Support third-party funded projects in research on discourses and narratives
  • Elaborate peer-reviewed journal articles in collaboration with the research group and international partners
  • Participate in the preparation of research project proposals at national, European and international level (e.g. DFG, BMBF, Horizon Europe)
  • Guide early career researchers
  • Communicate and disseminate research results to diverse audiences, e.g. private sector, public sector, students, civil society
  • Your profile:
  • Excellent university degree (Master, Diploma) and dissertation (PhD) in social sciences, including any pertinent intersections with other fields like sustainability sciences or transition studies
  • Very good knowledge of research on narratives/discourses/storytelling
  • Experience within one or more of the fields of research: circular economy, bioeconomy, biodiversity and land use, sustainable cities, energy transitions, negative emissions, water management, sustainable supply chains
  • Ability to plan, organize and conduct research independently
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international conferences
  • Willingness to actively engage in interdisciplinary collaboration with other social and natural sciences
  • Excellent team work capabilities in a multidisciplinary, international team
  • English language proficiency (CEFR level C1 or higher)
  • Interest in attracting competitive research grants
  • 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 and excellent links with national and international research networks
  • A vibrant region with a high quality of life and a wide cultural offering for a balance between family and professional life
  • Interesting career opportunities and an extensive range of training and further education courses
  • Remuneration up to the 13 TVöD public-sector pay grade XX including attractive public-sector social security benefits
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