The mission of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) as a nationally and internationally active research institute is to deliver solutions for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society. ZALF is a member of the Leibniz Association and is located in Müncheberg (approx. 35 minutes by regional train from Berlin-Lichtenberg). It also maintains a research station with further locations in Dedelow and Paulinenaue.

The position is part of the working group “Governance of Ecosystem Services”. The central question of this working group is which governance approaches allow for the targeted and equitable provision of societally desired ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation objectives.

In the context of the Biodiversa+ project “Just” conservation? Bridging values for equitable biodiversity governance (BridgingVALUES) we offer a PhD position to analyze material (finance and technical expertise) and immaterial (discourses and knowledge) flows of EU conservation policies, how they manifest in our German case study Spreewald Biosphere Reserve, and to understand how these flow manifestations effect the diversity of place-based biodiversity and ecosystem services values and equity (context, recognition, participation and distribution).

Subject to final approval by the funding body, we are offering a 65% part time position temporarily limited for 36 month – desired starting date April 2023 – at our location in Müncheberg as PhD Researcher (f/m/d) on plural values and equity in biodiversity and ecosystem services governance 06-2023

Your tasks:

  • conceptualization and development of a research design to analyze impacts of EU conservation policies and related material and immaterial flows on local level stakeholders values and social equity
  • implementation of the research design / empirical investigation at the German case study Spreewald Biosphere Reserve
  • presentation of research results at national/international conferences
  • publication of results in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • collaboration with other researchers of the international BridgingVALUES project consortium

Your qualifications:

  • excellent completion of a Master (or equivalent) in the field of (ecological) economics, conservation policy, natural resource management, human geography, (rural) sociology or related subjects
  • knowledge of global and EU conservation policies, the ecosystem services and nature’s contributions to people concepts, discourses on values of biodiversity and ecosystem services, environmental justice and telecoupling are an advantage
  • empirical research experience
  • knowledge of transdisciplinary and / or multi actor research is an advantage
  • proficiency in both German and English

What we offer:

  • an interdisciplinary and international working environment that encourages independence and self-reliance
  • a collegial and open-minded working atmosphere in a dynamic research institution
  • being part of an international project consortium with internationally leading researchers in this field
  • access to training courses for PhD students (e.g. in-house training, budget for additional training)
  • classification according to the collective agreement of the federal states (TV-L) up to 13 (65% working time), including special annual payment
  • opportunity to partly work mobile
  • jobticket

Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored. It is generally possible to work in the position on a part-time basis. Please send your application preferably online (see button online application below). For e-mail applications, create a PDF document (one PDF file, max. 5 MB; packed PDF documents, archive files like zip, rar etc. Word documents cannot be processed and therefore cannot be considered!) with the usual documents, in particular CV, proof of qualification and certificates, stating the reference number 06-2023 until 27 February 2023 to (see button e-mail application below).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: Dr. Lasse Loft,, Tel. +49 (0) 33432/82-486
Application documents sent by post or extensive publications will not be returned, For cost reasons, application documents or extensive publications can only be returned if an adequately stamped envelope is attached.

If you apply, we collect and process your personal data in accordance with Articles 5 and 6 of the EU GDPR only for the processing of your application and for purposes that result from possible future employment with the ZALF. Your data will be deleted after six months.


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