DIE: Vacancy | PhD Researcher (m/f/diverse)

DIE’s research programme Environmental Governance and Transformation to Sustainability, jointly with the Environmental Governance Group at Utrecht University’s Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development are looking for a:

PhD Researcher (m/f/diverse)
Part time 70 % (27.3 hours/week)
Salary from € 35.000 p.a. up to € 51.800 p.a.
(German public sector tariff, TVöD Bund EG 13 depending on qualifications)
position number: 2020-C-02

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading research institutes on development policy. Through excellent research, policy advice and training, the Institute contributes to finding solutions to global challenges.

The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University is considered the highest ranked research institute in environmental sciences in the Netherlands. We aim to have a positive impact on the transition to a sustainable society through the development of excellent and relevant knowledge and by educating the change agents of the future.

The position will be located at the DIE in Bonn, with Dr. Ines Dombrowsky as project lead at DIE. The PhD supervisors will be Prof. Dr. Frank Biermann at Utrecht University (UU), along with Dr. Marjanneke Vijge (UU) and Dr. Sander Chan (Global Center on Adaptation, UU and DIE). The position may be filled as soon as possible and is limited to four years.

The PhD researcher will work in the project “Implementing sustainable development goals in an incoherent world: Aligning climate action and reduced inequalities” led by the Stockholm Environment Institute and funded by Swedish Agency FORMAS. The research will focus on transitions towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient society, taking the distributional consequences of both climate action and climate change into account, particularly focusing on inequality as an outcome of policy incoherence. The project aims at analysing conditions for and politics of policy coherence between climate change, reducing inequality and other SDGs when implemented nationally and to provide tools to identify synergies and make transparent trade-offs in different socio-economic and political contexts. The PhD research will mainly include case studies at national and subnational levels on Germany, South Africa, and the Philippines.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Master with excellent grades in political science, international relations, social sciences or environmental sciences with strong social science focus;
  • Proven knowledge and experience in research in at least one of the following fields: (global) environmental politics and governance, policy coherence and integration, environmental justice;
  • Knowledge on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and/or the Paris Climate Agreement is an asset;
  • Strong skills in qualitative research methods, experiences with mixed method research designs are an advantage;
  • Research or work experience in developing countries is an asset;
  • Very good written and spoken English skills;
  • Eagerness to work in an inter- and transdisciplinary team and good communication skills;
  • Willingness and aptness to travel abroad, including to countries with a tropical climate („Tropentauglichkeit“).

We offer:

  • Flexible working hours;
  • Possibility to use a job ticket and a good connection to public transport;
  • Trainings for further professional development, both at DIE and at Utrecht University;
  • Company pension scheme with the VBLU;
  • A modern and interesting workplace with a good working atmosphere;
  • Regular visits to Utrecht University, where the candidate has access to the University facilities, including a desk, e-mail account and the (online) library;
  • Option to teach BSc/MSc courses at Utrecht University.

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) offers an inspiring, family-friendly working environment at the interface of research and policy advice, with ample opportunities to engage in international discussions, political processes and scientific debates.

The PhD position will be affiliated with the Environmental Governance group, one of the four departments of Utrecht University’s Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. The Environmental Governance group is a dynamic, ambitious and internationally leading team of researchers with a focus on fundamental and policy-oriented research of environmental governance processes, from local to global levels.

In the case of equal qualification, severely disabled persons will be given preference. We want to promote the diversity of our employees and would appreciate applications from women, men and diverse people.

For further questions, please contact Dr Sander Chan, sander.chan@die-gdi.de. For questions about the PhD trajectory at Utrecht University, contact Dr Marjanneke Vijge: m.j.vijge@uu.nl. The DIE will be closed between Dec. 23 and Jan. 5 and feedback will not be provided during this time.

Applications with the position number 2020-C-02 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 24 January 2021. Given that this is a joint job offer, the DIE might share your application with the above-mentioned supervisors.

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Source: Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), 23 December 2020