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Junior Professorship for Modeling of Social-Ecological Systems with a Focus on Forests - University of Freiburg (Germany)

The University of Freiburg invites applications for the

Junior Professorship for Modeling of Social-Ecological Systems
with a Focus on Forests
at the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources.

  • Application deadline: 11.02.2024
  • Start-date: At the earliest possible date
  • Fulltime position
  • Id no.: 3504
    This is a grade W1-professorship to which performance payments can be offered.
    This professorship is suitable for highly qualified early career researchers at an early stage in
    their careers. Conditions governing the appointment in accordance with section 51 (3) LHG
    The necessary short to medium-term adaptation of forests and forestry to global change is
    an enormous challenge for society due to the diverse ecosystem services provided by
    forests. Solution scenarios need to be developed and the option space for management and
    governance needs to be mapped out following a systemic perspective on the basis of social
    science concepts and focusing on social-ecological modeling of sustainable forest use under
    the conditions of global and regional change. This includes the development of innovative
    theories and interdisciplinary methods for data collection and analysis.
    The successful candidate is expected:
  • to have a relevant PhD-thesis and post-doc experience in the field of qualitative and
    quantitative modeling of complex, adaptive social-ecological systems, if possible on the
    basis of social science concepts
    -to have comprehensive knowledge of methods of system analysis of social-ecological
    systems and innovative interdisciplinary methods for data collection and analysis,
    documented through publications and teaching experience
  • to develop a junior research group as a methodological competence center for the
    modeling of forest/environment-human systems in Central Europe within the faculty and
    in association with other research institutions; funding for two researchers
    (100 % each) for 6 years can already be guaranteed and is part of the package
  • to cooperate with existing or developing joint research projects at the faculty, in particular
    participation in the Cluster of Excellence initiative »Future Forests« and possible
    follow-up projects
  • to lecture on methods of social-ecological modeling and innovative interdisciplinary data
    collection and analysis to the extent of 4 SWS; after a successful mid-term evaluation, it
    will be 6 SWS
  • to have documented experience of working together in interdisciplinary teams,
    supervising students and acquiring third-party funded projects
  • to have very good command of English, good command of German
    Place of work is Freiburg im Breisgau. Prerequisites for the employment are a university
    degree, an outstanding PhD-thesis and an excellent publication record. This position is a
    fixed term of four years. After a successful mid-term evaluation, it will be extended by two
    The following application documents are to be submitted:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certificates of degrees and academic qualifications
  • Complete list of papers and talks with specification of the three most important
  • Research concept for the development of the junior research group (1–2 pages)
  • Teaching concept (1–2 pages)
    We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised

Please send your application including supporting documents mentioned above and
the application form citing the reference number 3504, by 11.02.2024 at the latest. Please
send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:
Prof. Dr. Heiner Schanz
Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources
Tennenbacher Str. 4
D-79106 Freiburg
Applications by email (all documents in one PDF document) to [email protected]
For further information, please contact Andreas Friedrich on the phone number
+49 761 203-3603 or E-Mail [email protected]
Further information on the appointment procedure can be found in the Code for Practice for
professorial appointments (in German).
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