At the Chair of Sustainability and Change (Prof. Dr. Siegmar Otto) has a vacancy to be filled as of June 1st 2023. The employment will take place in the new EU project ECHO (Engaging Citizens in Soil Science: the Road to Healthier Soils). The position can be filled flexibly between 50-100%. The position ends with the project, which is scheduled for 4 years.

Our sub-project in the Europe-wide collaborative project ECHO considers Citizen Science as an important component for sustainable development from a social science perspective. One of the aims of ECHO is to increase EU citizens’ awareness of the ecological and societal importance as well as interest and knowledge regarding soils. Within the framework of the overarching collaborative project, new data for soil mapping in the EU Member States will be obtained.

What we offer:

  • Collaboration on a wide range of sustainable development topics, such as sustainable digital transformation and education for sustainable development
  • Supportive environment for the development of a dissertation
  • Appreciative communication and cooperation
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities, freedom for creativity and own ideas
  • Supervision and feedback in writing your scientific publications, participation in international conferences, lively exchange with other leading teams in the field
  • Assumption of teaching duties is possible  


  • Development, supervision and evaluation of the surveys of EU citizens in the project regarding use, knowledge and attitude towards soils
  • Literature research and preparation
  • Project management and cooperation with international researchers
  • Presentation and publication of research results at international conferences and in scientific journals

Required profile:

  • Interest in education for sustainable development & sustainability from a psychological perspective
  • Good communication skills, especially in English, and motivation to write scientific publications
  • First-class Master’s degree in the field of sustainability (preferably with a social science focus)
  • High reliability, initiative, proactive and independent working style
  • Proven knowledge of research methods and statistics

Note: If the application process has not been completed, it may be possible to apply after the application deadline. Applications from women are strongly encouraged.

Application deadline : 20.04.2023

Please attach the following documents to your application: If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Siegmar Otto ( Your application via the Online-Portal of the University of Hohenheim should contain (1) Cover letter and motivation, (2) CV, (3) Testimonies / Certificates in one PDF document.

The University of Hohenheim accepts applications via a secure internet site. To the application

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