Research Associate (m/f/d) - PostDoc - for the project Kili-SES

07.07.2020 starting in January 21, fixed term for 2 years, EG 13 TV-L (full time)

Leuphana University of Lüneburg stands for innovation in education and scholarship based on the values of a humanistic, sustainable and entrepreneurial university. The collaborative search for knowledge and viable solutions in the areas of education, culture, sustainability as well as management and entrepreneurship defines the university model with its award-winning College, Graduate School and Professional School. Methodological diversity and interdisciplinary cooperation characterize our academic understanding.

Leuphana University of Lüneburg (foundation under public law), Faculty of Sustainability, has a vacancy for a position (100 %) as

Research Associate (m/f/d) - PostDoc
(salary group EG 13 TV-L)

starting in January 2021, fixed term for two years.

Leuphana University of Lüneburg, foundation under public law, fosters the development of junior scientific staff. Therefore, the university offers one PhD position funded by the DFG Research Unit entitled ‘The role of nature for human well-being in the Kilimanjaro Social-Ecological System (Kili-SES)’ in the field of nature valuation. The focus of the PostDoc will be to design and coordinate the fieldwork and data collection on ‘Demand and values of Nature’s Contributions to People in the Kilimanjaro Mountain’.

The invitation to apply is targeted at extraordinarily qualified academics with an interest in the research field of valuation of nature and nature’s contributions to people / ecosystem services. The PostDoc position will run for a maximum of two years. Throughout 2021-2022, the prospective candidate will be expected to have his/her place of residence in Lüneburg (or surroundings) and to undertake the research in the Tanzanian side of the Kilimanjaro Mountain.

As part of a team of eight people (5PIs+2PhDs+1PostDoc), the postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d) will focus on researching the demand and values of nature and ecosystem services provided by different ecosystems of the Kilimanjaro Mountain and elicited by tourists, tourism operators and maagers. The research is embedded into the interdisciplinary DFG research unit “The role of nature for human well-being in the Kilimanjaro Social-Ecological System (Kili-SES)”, funded by the DFG.

The research questions of the PostDoc research will be (1) Which nature’s contributions to people are demanded and valued by which stakeholder group and why? and (2) What intrinsic, instrumental and relational values of NCP are expressed by different stakeholder groups? In addition, the PostDoc will coordinate the fieldwork of interviews and questionnaires with other projects of the DFG research unit that focus on human wellbeing, governance and intangible benefits of nature.

Your tasks:

  • To design the interviews and questionnaires by which the PostDoc can assess values of nature and nature’s contributions to people in Kilimanjaro
  • To coordinate the social fieldwork of interviews and questionnaires with other research projects
  • To train PhD students on social fieldwork (interviews and questionnaires) and on content and discourse analyses
  • To publish two high level papers on nature’s contributions to people demanded and valued by multiple stakeholders at Kilimanjaro

The postdoctoral candidate (m/f/d) will closely collaborate with two doctoral students (m/f/d) and international researchers of the DFG research unit.

Your profile:

  • PhD´s degree in environmental science, sustainability science, ecological economics, human ecology, political ecology or a relevant discipline
  • Proven understanding of plural valuation, nature’s contributions to people and ecosystem services frameworks
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection and data analyses
  • Willingness to learn Kiswahili
  • Proven ability to work in an international team and independently under challenging circumstances
  • Advanced English oral and writing skills

We offer:

  • Flexible and family-friendly working hours
  • Internal and external CPD courses
  • University sports and health promotion measures for employees
  • Employer-funded pension

For further information, applicants are welcome to contact Prof. Dr. Berta Martín-López (

Leuphana University of Lüneburg is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering heterogeneity among its staff. Disabled applicants with equal qualifications will be given priority consideration. We are looking forward to receiving your application.

Please send your application in English (as a single merged pdf file comprised by CV, motivation letter and two reference letters) by August 15th 2020 electronically to:

Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Personalservice, Corinna Schmidt
Subject: KiliSES PostDoc
Universitätsallee 1
21335 Lüneburg