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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location Germany (East) - Europe
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 30/07/2018
Company Name University of Leipzig
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The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig is one of four National Research Centres funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Its central mission is to promote theory-driven synthesis and data-driven theory in this emerging field. The concept of iDiv encompasses the detection of biodiversity, understanding its emergence, exploring its consequences for ecosystem functions and services, and developing strategies to safeguard biodiversity under global change. It is located in the city of Leipzig and it’s a central institution of the Leipzig University, jointly hosted by the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, the Friedrich-Schiller-University-Jena and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). Furthermore, it gains support by the Max Planck Society, the Leibniz Association and the Free State of Saxony. More Information about iDiv: www.idiv.de

Integrated in iDiv, the Leipzig University, offers the following position as soon as possible:


(initially limited until 30th September 2020)
Salary: Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L

In iDiv, we recognize the importance of the Science-Policy interface through the participation of our scientists in international assessments and knowledge exchange activities. We have an internal Science-Policy Committee composed of iDiv scientists and an external Science-Policy Advisory Board engaging policy and decision-makers from the local to the global scale and across government agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. iDiv aims at being “policy relevant, not policy prescriptive”. For example, iDiv aims at developing science that can inform on the monitoring of biodiversity change and progress towards international sustainable development goals, on the post-2020 discussions in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on agricultural biodiversity and the Common Agricultural Policy, on protected area management and ecological restoration, among other topics. In order to better coordinate our policy-relevant research activities and to develop a strategic approach to amplify our impact on decision-making, we seek a Science-Policy-Coordinator. The aim is to be highly integrative, by generating policy relevant translation of iDiv science and by creating synergies between the different iDiv members and stakeholders.

Job description:

  • overall coordination of Science-Policy activities at iDiv, including logistic support to the Science-Policy-Committee and the Science-Policy Advisory Board
  • first point-of-contact for requests to iDiv by decision-makers and representation of iDiv at Science-Policy-events
  • collaborating with iDiv partners to coordinate joint efforts on Science-Policy activities
  • advising and counselling of iDiv researchers in Science-Policy questions
  • identifying and fostering opportunities for collaboration of iDiv researchers with government agencies, non-government agencies and the private sector, including writing grants
  • coordinating and further developing the exchange program between iDiv and external organizations through e.g. the iDiv fellowship program
  • organizing the production of reports and joint position papers of iDiv research on societally relevant research topics
  • organization of dedicated workshops on Science-Policy issues with experts from policy, practice and science

Applicants must hold, or about to hold, a PhD degree (or equivalent). Due to the integrative nature of iDiv, motivated scientists from all subject areas are welcome to apply. Very good command of English and excellent command of German in oral and written form is essential. Experience in Science-Policy work is desirable, as well as knowledge of the biodiversity research and policy landscape, both at the national and international level (e.g. German Biodiversity Strategy, Convention on Biological Diversity, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). Experience in project management and coordination of teamwork is a plus.

Applications are accepted until: July 30th, 2018

Applications should include:

  • cover letter (in English) describing motivation for this position
  • curriculum vitae including a list of publications and a list of science-policy activities/publications digital copy of PhD certificate
  • recommendation letters from two scientific references

Applications, preferred in English, with reference file number 135/2018 are accepted via our application portal under apply.idiv.de. We prefer applications via our application portal, hard copy applications can be sent to:

Deutsches Zentrum für integrative Biodiversitätsforschung (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Herrn Professor Dr. Henrique Pereira
Deutscher Platz 5e, 04103 Leipzig

For queries on the application process, please contact Anne-Kathrin Thomas (anne-kathrin.thomas@idiv.de); for questions concerning the open position, please contact Professor Dr. Aletta Bonn (aletta.bonn@idiv.de) or Professor Dr. Henrique Pereira (henrique.pereira@idiv.de).

Applying via email is questionable under data protection law. The sender assumes full responsibility. Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability.

By sending us your application documents you consent to the processing of the data contained within for the purpose of the selection process for the advertised position. You can revoke your consent at any time. The processing takes place exclusively for this selection process and is carried out on the basis of Article 6 of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). This includes passing on data to the members of the selection committee, the HR office, the Commissioner for Equal Opportunities, the Representative Body for Severely Disabled Employees and the Staff Council as part of their organizational or legal responsibilities. Your data will be stored for a maximum of 6 months following completion of the selection process and subsequently deleted.

In accordance with the GDPR you have the right to receive information from the recipient of the application about your personal data, the right to correction, deletion or restriction of processing, as well as a right to object to processing.

If you have any questions, please contact the Leipzig University data protection officer (Mr Thomas Braatz, Augustusplatz 10, 04109 D-Leipzig, tel.: +4903419730081).

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