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Post-doctoral Research Associate (m/f) in Public policy and institutions / environmental and sustainability governance

Leuphana University, Lüneburg

Bewerbungsfrist: 15.08.2018

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starting as soon as possible, EG 13 TV-L (100%), for an initial duration of 36 months

Leuphana University Lüneburg (foundation under public law), invites applications for the position of a

Post-doctoral Research Associate (m/f)
(salary group EG 13 TV-L, full time)
in Public policy and institutions /
environmental and sustainability governance

starting as soon as possible for an initial duration of 36 months. 

Professor Jens Newig’s research group on governance and sustainability ( ) is looking to employ a postdoc to support existing activities and to explore new research directions.

Situated within Leuphana University’s Faculty of Sustainability and the Center for the Study of Democracy, the research group engages in high-level research projects funded e.g. by the European Research Council (ERC) or the German Research Foundation (DFG), offering a vibrant interdisciplinary, social science focused research environment with excellent international contacts. 

Tasks and responsibilities: Research in environmental and sustainability governance, contributing to the international visibility of the research group. Innovative topics and approaches are particularly welcome. Potential research themes and methods include:

  • Institutional change towards sustainability, potentially linking sustainability transitions research with institutionalist approaches
  • Elite networks for the production of public goods
  • Participatory and collaborative governance, from the local to global commons, with a potential focus on the global South
  • Knowledge, (adaptive) learning and experimentation in policy-formation and governance
  • Systems perspectives on governance and institutional design, e.g. leverage points for sustainability
  • Innovative methods for the cumulation of evidence: meta-analytical methods and the potential role of “big data” in governance research
  • Field experimentation on governance interventions.

Further tasks include:

  • Developing and collaborating in writing articles for international journals;
  • Supporting teaching activities on governance-related topics in environmental, sustainability and/or political science study programmes, with a teaching duty of four teaching hours per week during the semester;
  • Assisting with day-to-day aspects of facilitating smooth collaboration within the research group;
  • Preparation of a cumulative ‘habilitation thesis’ (or equivalent qualification) on a topic agreed with Prof. Dr. Newig.

Selection criteria: 

  • Completed university degree (Masters or equivalent) with above-average grades in the social sciences, e.g. political science, public administration, law, planning, human geography, environmental or sustainability science, as well as a completed PhD in one of these areas;
  • Very good English language communication skills (written and oral);
  • Academic publication experience;
  • Experience in empirical research, and training in statistics, QCA or other formal comparative methods would be an additional asset;
  • Ability and willingness to teach relevant classes; some teaching experience would be an asset.

For questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Jens Newig ( ).

Leuphana University of Lüneburg is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering heterogeneity among its staff. Disabled applicants with equal qualifications will be given priority consideration. We are looking forward to receiving your application.

Your application:
Please address all selection criteria under clearly labeled headings in one paragraph (100-200 words) each. Please also send a CV (including publications), a 1-2 page exposé of planned research activities, scans of relevant certificates and transcripts (including Abitur / high school), up to three writing samples, and the names of up to three academic referees by 15 August 2018 in English language preferably electronically as one single PDF or by mail to: 

Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Personalservice, Ms Corinna Schmidt
Subject: Post-doc Sustainability Governance
Universitätsallee 1
21335 Lüneburg