Research Associate with a Focus on Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainability Research

Ludwig Maximilians Universität München


Research Associate with a Focus on Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainability Research (E13 TV-L, 100%)

Facility: Faculty of Geosciences

(Chair of Human-Environment-Relations)

Instrumentation Date: March 2019

End of the application deadline: 09.01.2019

Salary Scale: E 13 TV - L (100%)

limitation: 2 years, extension possible


There is always the possibility of part-time employment.


The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) is one of the most renowned and largest universities in Germany.



Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich is amongst the largest and most renowned universities in Europe. 

About us: 

The Teaching and Research Unit on Human-Environment-Relations works on issues of sustainable development and transformations in coupled human-environment-systems. Key areas for our work include climate change, environmental risks, resource management and mobility. The section develops, tests and imparts inter- and transdisciplinary methods for the assessment of future development paths and risk trends as well as for the multi-criteria evaluation of potential strategies for fostering sustainability and transformation. While pursuing a global perspective, the section’s empirical research is particularly focused on Europe, Asia and Africa. Next to fundamental research, the section is keen to deliver scientific knowledge that is of high practical and policy relevance and provides decision support. The section therefore collaborates closely with decision makers and stakeholders from the local to the global level, e.g. urban administrations or United Nations programs. 

What we offer: 

The initial appointment will be for 2 years. An extension is envisaged, subject to satisfactory work performance and positive evaluation. Remuneration will be according to the German TV-L scheme, at the E13 level and on a step commensurate with work experience. While this is a full-time position in principle, part time solutions are negotiable. Further career development will be supported. The position allows for pursuing a PhD or habilitation. The office is located in the centre of Munich, with excellent public transport links. Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged. Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification. 

Responsibilities and tasks: 

• Contribute to research projects of the unit; 
• Teaching within the department’s university programmes on topics related to the unit (5 contact hours per week each term); 
• Contribute to scientific publications and communication materials of the unit; 
• Contribute to the development of research grant proposals in the fields of climate change adaptation, environmental risk reduction and sustainability; 
• Support the management and administration of research projects; 
• Participation in national and international conferences as well as project events in Germany and globally; 
• Contribute to the management and administration of the unit and department.



Qualifications and experiences: 
• Master’s degree in geography or a related discipline such as spatial planning, sociology, economics or political sciences; 
• Experience in the design and implementation of human geography and/or social science research; 
• Research expertise and experience in the fields of climate change adaptation, environmental risk and/or sustainability studies; 
• Teaching experience; 
• Knowledge and experience in managing research projects; 
• Excellent English language skills. 

Desirable additional assets: 
• PhD/doctorate in geography or a related discipline such as spatial planning, sociology, economics or political sciences; 
• Fieldwork experience in Germany, Asia and/or Africa; 
• Strong track-record in terms of scientific publications; 
• Expertise and experience in urban research; 
• Knowledge in modelling (urban) growth and transition processes; 
• Excellent German language skills; 
• French language skills.


Severely disabled applicants are preferred with otherwise substantially equal suitability.


address for applications

Interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail to by Wednesday, 09 January 2019. Applications shall be compiled into one PDF document and include a short cover letter (one page max.), CV, list of publications, contact details of two potential refer-ences and a writing sample (i.e. most important scientific paper or part of a thesis). The interviews with short-listed candidates are scheduled for Friday, 18 January 2019. 


Contact / in

Question might be addressed to Ms. Susan Elsäßer or Dr. Matthias Garschagen, via the above-indicated e-mail address.

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