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Jobs │ 6. October 2021

Post-doctoral researcher in agricultural or development economics (f,m,d) – Reference number: 12/2021/3

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant, environmental, nutritional and social sciences. IGZ is based in Großbeeren close to Berlin and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts strategic and international research for the sustainable production and use of vegetables, contributing to […]

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant, environmental, nutritional and social sciences. IGZ is based in Großbeeren close to Berlin and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts strategic and international research for the sustainable production and use of vegetables, contributing to food security, human well-being and the conservation of natural resources. At IGZ, researchers from different disciplines work together on core-funded and grant-funded projects, in collaboration with national and international research partners.

The research group “Economic Development and Food Security” in the programme area “Plant Quality and Food Security” at IGZ analyses the role of individuals, groups and institutions in creating, shaping and overcoming malnutrition and food insecurity and how food demand responds to rapidly changing institutions and environments. We do so by collecting and analysing micro-level survey data (for example as part of the Life with Corona consortium), implementing impact evaluations and conducting behavioural experiments. We also build capacity, for example in the international expert network Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery (HG4RR), and promote inter-disciplinary research on economic development and food security, for example by co-hosting the annual Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS) and the annual Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference (LiK). Our work hence uncovers how best to achieve food security under challenging circumstances during socio-economic development.

The research group “Economic Development and Food Security” leads the social science work programme of the project Food4Future (F4F), which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) under its call “Agricultural Systems of the Future”. The F4F project is based on a novel and radical approach: We postulate that two mega trends, namely “Designed Food” and “Natural Food”, may act as “creative disrupters” which will not only dominate future diets but also replace traditional agricultural production. This will be done against the background of two profound scenarios, namely “No Land” and “No Trade”. Challenged by these extreme settings, the overall objective of the F4F project is to develop innovative solutions in the food and agro-sector for the sustainable securing of adequate and healthy nutrition. As part of a larger social science work stream, the research group will contribute a series of behavioural experiments to the F4F project testing how consumers react to extreme and rapidly changing institutions and environments.

To undertake the micro-economic research in this project, we are looking for a

Post-doctoral researcher in agricultural or development economics (f,m,d)

Reference number: 12/2021/3

Salary and benefits are according to public service regulations in Germany, up to EG 13 TV-L, full time.

Employment for this position will be available from 1 November 2021 until 29 February 2024.

The successful candidate will:

  • conduct and analyse online surveys and behavioural experiments on food demand and consumer behaviour under rapidly changing and extreme institutional and environmental circumstances;
  • contribute to the other academic activities of the research group;
  • lead the design and writing of grant applications from donors like the DFG, EU and research foundations;
  • present research findings internally and externally at conferences and research seminars;
  • co-organise the annual LEADS (Leibniz Environment & Development Symposium) event;
  • publish project results in leading journals in behavioural, agricultural and development economics and in general-interest (multi-disciplinary) journals;
  • co-supervise junior researchers; and
  • interact with our academic and policy-oriented partners and collaborators.

We expect:

  • a (near) completed PhD in agricultural or development economics;
  • an excellent academic record, including peer reviewed publications;
  • proven experience conducting online surveys and/or behavioural experiments;
  • long-term experience in international economic development, in particular at the micro level;
  • excellent quantitative skills in advanced micro-econometric software like Stata and/or R;
  • experience in developing and writing grant proposals;
  • an interest in horticultural production systems and processes;
  • excellent English communication skills; and
  • additional language proficiency would be an advantage.

We offer:

  • a stimulating job in an interdisciplinary research environment;
  • extensive support for postdoctoral researchers; and
  • an attractive workplace in the Berlin area.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter research interests and experience, a detailed CV, copies of high-school and academic certificates and the names of two referees.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Tilman Brück, Head of the Research Group “Economic Development and Food Security” (brueck@igzev.de, www.igzev.de).

We encourage a healthy work-life balance. The IGZ attaches great importance to equal opportunities. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualifications. The IGZ embraces diversity in its workforce, and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, belief or ethnic origin. In an effort to increase the proportion of female employees in this area, we specifically urge women scientists to apply for the position.

We prefer to receive applications by email to personal@igzev.de in pdf format by 26.10.2021. Please cite the above reference number in the subject line of your email and in the cover letter. Our postal address is: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren.

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Jobs │ 26. August 2021

Director of Research (f/m/d)

The Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) (www.igzev.de) is based in Großbeeren, near Berlin. With around 120 employees and an annual budget in excess of €10 million, including third-party funding, the IGZ conducts research into the fundamental understanding of plant systems in an effort to advance the development of sustainable horticulture. Its research […]

The Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) (www.igzev.de) is based in Großbeeren, near Berlin. With around 120 employees and an annual budget in excess of €10 million, including third-party funding, the IGZ conducts research into the fundamental understanding of plant systems in an effort to advance the development of sustainable horticulture. Its research focuses on systems within plants, between plants and the natural or horticultural environment, and between plants and humans. Thanks to its research, the IGZ makes a major contribution to solving global challenges such as biodiversity, climate change, urbanisation and food security. It makes science-based recommendations for healthy food systems and for sustainable interactions with the environment. The institute is active internationally, and has excellent links with agricultural science institutions in Brandenburg and Berlin. The IGZ has modern offices, laboratories, greenhouses and fields at its site in Großbeeren.

The IGZ is a member of the Leibniz Association, and receives core funding from the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture (MWFK) of the Federal State of Brandenburg and from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

The IGZ is looking to fill the following the position from 1 October 2022:

Director of Research (f/m/d)

Your tasks

  • As Director of Research (f/m/d), you will be responsible, together with the members of the Executive Board, for the strategic research orientation of the institute. You will represent the IGZ both internally and externally, and especially at the interface with science, business, politics and society.
  • Together with the members of the Executive Board and with the involvement of IGZ staff, you will design and shape the strategic and scientific development of the institute, its future research programme, activities for the development of next-generation scientists, as well as the dialogue and transfer of research outputs with regional, national and international stakeholders from science, business and society.
  • By developing and applying modern biochemical and genetic methods, and exploiting the possibilities for application in horticulture, your research work will make a significant contribution raising the institute’s international visibility and profile.

What we ask

  • As an internationally recognised scientist with a background relevant to the research areas of the IGZ, you are well acquainted with both the German and the international science system.
  • You possess strong strategic, methodological and conceptual skills and a systemic understanding of horticultural research, which will enable you to successfully develop the IGZ in terms of structure and planning within the Leibniz Association and to strengthen cooperation with strategic partners.
  • You have several years of experience in a leadership position (ideally involving interdisciplinary research groups), management skills, a motivational leadership style, and take a distinct integrative approach, also beyond the boundaries of your own organisation.
  • You have experience in policy advice, transfer, spin-offs and economic cooperation.
  • Excellent German and English skills, or the willingness to acquire them, and the ability to communicate effectively and convincingly at all levels round off your profile.

What we offer

  • An attractive leadership position with extensive room for manoeuvre in a dynamic working environment.
  • Remuneration in accordance with the W3 salary of the Federal State of Brandenburg, supplemented by the possibility of performance-related remuneration.
  • Collaboration with renowned scientists in an international environment in the field of horticultural research.
  • Appointment to the position of Director of Research for a period of five years, reappointment desired.
  • We are keen to establish a joint professorship with a higher education institution.

We encourage a healthy work-life balance. The IGZ attaches great importance to equal opportunities. Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualifications. The IGZ embraces diversity in its workforce, and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, belief or ethnic origin. In an effort to increase the proportion of female employees in this area, we specifically urge women scientists to apply for the position.

If you wish to make initial contact or have any general questions about the application process, please contact Ms. Pfister or Mr. Tippmann from the personnel consultancy Below Tippmann & Compagnie on +49 30 2063279 14 or 12.

Please email your application in PDF format only, by 10 October 2021 at the latest, to:

 

Chair of General Assembly

of the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ)

Dr. Inge Schlotzhauer – personal

Ministry of Science, Research and Culture (MWFK) of the Federal State of Brandenburg

via: info@bt-personalberatung.de

Data protection notice

Your application dossier will be made available to a selection committee and the consulting company for review. Your personal data will be processed on the basis of Article 6(1)(b) and Article 88 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in conjunction with Section 26 of the Brandenburg Data Protection Act (BbgDSG) for the purposes of the selection process. Following the completion of the process, your application dossier will be deleted in compliance with data protection regulations.

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