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Stellenausschreibung / Job advertisement
The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the University of Oldenburg jointly founded the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB) in Oldenburg. HIFMB develops the scientific basis for marine conservation and marine ecosystem management by analysing the functional role of biodiversity in marine ecosystem and understanding the general principles constraining this role. The Institute thereby establishes the necessary knowledge and tools to predict future changes in biodiversity and ecosystem function and to analyse their consequences for human well-being. The development of HIFMB is embedded in the existing research excellence of AWI and University of Oldenburg in marine biodiversity research, comprising research groups at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment at University of Oldenburg and the Biosciences at AWI as well as research groups at the Institute for Social Science and the Department for Economics, Business Administration and Law at the University of Oldenburg. HIFMB offers a rich intellectual environment and excellent research opportunities (www.hifmb.de). The region around Bremen and Oldenburg hosts more than 1000 marine scientists, offering broad interdisciplinary collaboration potential across universities and research institutions. We invite applications for a joint professor position in
Junior Professorship (m/f/x) in
Marine Policy and Management
salary scale W1 with tenure track W2
commencing as soon as possible.
Pending fulfilment of the applicable employment laws, the fixed-term contract granting temporary civil servant status will initially be limited to a period of three years and may be extended by a further three years, subject to a positive evaluation. At the end of this period, appointment to a tenured professorship at W2 level is intended in accordance with the relevant statutory provisions. The successful candidate will be employed by AWI according to the “Jülich” model, the position is located at HIFMB and thus the University campus in Oldenburg.
Recent global reports, such as the IPCC, evidence the increasing, multiple human stressors impacting the seas and oceans: marine pollution, acidification, warming, overfishing and more. These are unevenly produced and felt around our world. International efforts such as the UN Ocean Decade advocate the need for science-centered solutions for responding to the environmental change. The field of marine social science advocates the necessity for research about people and marine systems to understand how solutions may be enacted – by and for whom. Such efforts require understandings of how science relates to policy; why policy and management measures succeed or stall; how policy can be made meaningful for various stakeholders, and alternative mechanisms for sharing science to arrive at representative, fair and just ocean management. The domain of such research comprises theory-led empirical research on the socio-cultural, economic and political challenges - and possibilities - of policy 'take up'. It also requires critical knowledge of various modes of policy and management operational in the marine environment.
Required skills and experience
- An academic university degree (PhD) and an already established social science profile working in the marine policy and management field, including experience collaborating with policy agencies, non-governmental organizations and/or stakeholders. Applicants may have a natural science background but must have extensive experience designing, conducting, and completing research projects in a social science discipline and have training in social science methods (qualitative and quantitative, such as, for example, surveys, interviewing, policy analysis, institutional ethnography).
- Research in a field that must be related to the marine environment evidenced through empirical work about marine policy and/or with marine policy makers.
- Contributions to key debates in the Marine Social Sciences evidenced through presentations and/or publications at conferences and in journals relevant to this area.
- Proven track-record in designing and completing projects that use social science methodologies, and drawing from theories in social science disciplines, demonstrable in high quality, peer-reviewed publications.
- Experience of using qualitative methodologies such as in-depth interviewing, ethnography and textual analysis.
- Experience in producing policy briefs, reports or other modes of communication with policy makers, government representatives and other relevant agencies (regional, national and/or international).
- Experience of applying for third party funded projects in the area of the Marine Policy and Management, independently or as a team.
- Contribution to interdisciplinary research initiatives at the ICBM and the HIFMB in the field of marine policy, to be described in a research concept (max 5 pages).
- Evidence of engagement in networking activities (presenting at relevant disciplinary or area specific conferences and events)
- Experience collaborating with natural sciences disciplines, evidenced through prior working in an interdisciplinary setting, interdisciplinary presentations or publications, or grant applications.
- Contribution to a growing range of modules that expand the teaching profile of the marine sciences towards themes of management, policy, conservation and governance, to be de-scribed in a teaching concept (max 3 pages).
- Fluent English language skills.
Prerequisites for employment are specified in section 30 of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (NHG). International applications are explicitly welcome. To increase the proportion of women in science equally qualified women will be given preference. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered in case of equal qualification. The position is suitable for part-time employment.
Applications include a full curriculum vitae, certificates, a list of publications, a research concept and a teaching concept. The CV shall also give an account of present and previous third-party funded research activities focussing on the last 5 years as well as a list of courses taught and formal presentations given. We also welcome a DEI (diversity equity inclusion) statement. All documents are to be submitted as one consolidated PDF file, by 07.04.2024 to Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg .