New career opportunities at ATSAF (Jan 2020)
1. »Doctoral Research Position in Agricultural Economics (all genders welcome) Georg-August-University
Doctoral Researcher Position in Agricultural Economics/Development Economics (all genders welcome)
Organisation/Funding Institute: Georg-August-University Goettingen - Faculty of Agricultural Science
The Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development of the University of Goettingen has an opening for a doctoral researcher, starting March 2020. The position is part of the Chair of International Food Economics and Rural Development (Professor Dr. MatinQaim). The doctoral student will work under the supervision of Professor Qaim and Dr. Bethelhem Legesse Debela. The position is for three years and the candidate is paid according to salary scale TVL-E13 (65%).
The doctoral researcher will analyze economic aspects of agricultural value chains in the context of developing countries. The research involves analyzing gender aspects, nutrition, health, and dimensions of human welfare. The position is part of a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and carried out jointly with international partners. The project involves data collection in Ethiopia and requires travelling for extended field research stays. Analyses typically employ applied econometric techniques with the collected microdata. The doctoral researcher will be based in Goettingen (Germany) and will participate in the PhD Program of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. Concrete questions can be addressed to Dr. Bethelhem Legesse Debela (email@example.com).
The applicant should have a Masters’ degree in agricultural economics or ar elated discipline with very good results, be familiar with quantitative research techniques in applied economics (especially econometrics), and have excellent oral and written English language skills. Experience with field work in developing countries would be an asset.
The University of Goettingen is an equal opportunity employer (F/M/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). In many areas of the University of Göttingen, women are underrepresented. Therefore, applications from women are especially appreciated and will be treated preferentially in domains where women are particularly underrepresented (if the appropriate qualification profile is met and legal constraints permit). The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports their employees in balancing work and family life. The university firmly intends to raise the number of disabled persons in its employment. In the case of equally qualified applicants, disabled persons will be preferentially considered.
Application documents should include: a coverletter, CV, Master and Bachelor level certificates and transcripts,a summary of the Master thesis, and names and contact details of two academic references. Please submit your application electronically by 23 January 2020 to Ms. Ilona Hoepfner (firstname.lastname@example.org) as a single PDF document.
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2. »Scientist (m/f/d) with focus on silviculture, forest management and restoration of tropical forests
Organisation/Funding Institution: Thünen Institute Hamburg
The Thünen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, in Hamburg invites applications for a fulltime position in the working area “Forestry Worldwide” as
Scientist (m/f/d) with focus on silviculture, forest management and restoration of tropical forests.
The position is limited to a fixed term of three (3) years and is to be filled as soon as possible. The position offers the opportunity for further development of scientific occupational skills with the goal to qualify for prominent tasks in scientific policy advice and applied research. The fixed-term employment is in accordance with §2 (1) 2 of the German Temporary Science Employment Law (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG).
The Thünen Institute of International Forestry is currently conducting the interdisciplinary research project “Landscape Forestry in the Tropics” (LaForeT, www.la-foret.org) together with partners in Ecuador, Zambia and the Philippines aiming at findings for science based policy advice to reduce tropical deforestation.
Deforestation and degradation of tropical forest landscapes often result in negative outcomes for the provisioning of important ecosystem services for different land-user groups. They also represent the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions during land-use and land-use change. Therefore, research at the Thünen Institute aims at the elaboration of comprehensive analyses of silvicultural options for tropical natural forests, restoration and reforestation derived from examples in Ecuador, Zambia and the Philippines.
Within this project different silvicultural options for the improvement of forest land-use potentials shall be identified and proposals for appropriate management guidelines shall be derived. The holder of the position will have the opportunity to qualify scientifically in time-series analyses or modelling techniques.
• Analyses of data sets from forest inventories in different forest types (primary, logged secondary forests, succession phases, forest plantations incl. soil data)
• Analysis and assessment of effects from different silvicultural scenarios on potential forest use and selected ecosystem services
• Cross-country data analyses for Ecuador, Philippines and Zambia
• Development of a concept for the establishment and management of permanent sample plot networks of logged forests and reforestation measures with partner organizations from Ecuador, Zambia, Guatemala, Namibia and the Philippines
• Presentation of research results at international conferences
• Publications in international journals and policy briefs
• Interdisciplinary cooperation within the team of the working area
• University degree (diploma/M.Sc.) in Forestry or a degree in related subjects, preferably with focus on tropical forest management
• PhD, preferably in tropical silviculture or management of tropical forests
• Very good command of English, good command of German (verbal and written, negotiating skills)
• Work experience in tropical regions, fitness under tropical field conditions
Requirements (highly welcome):
• Profound knowledge in ecology and biogeography of forest ecosystems worldwide
• Experiences in silviculture of tropical natural forests and forest plantation management
• Good knowledge of methods for the calculation of consequences of different silvicultural scenarios on forest use potentials and selected ecosystem services
• Strong knowledge in statistics and analysis procedures
• Openness, creativity and high motivation in taking over new tasks
• Flexibility, team capacity, ability for intercultural and interdisciplinary cooperation and personal engagement are required
The employment is governed by the Wage Agreement for Public Services (TVöD-Bund). Remuneration is in accordance with tariff-category 13 TVöD. Part-time employment is in principal possible.
The Thünen Institute promotes equality between women and men in the workplace and therefore, expressly welcomes applications from women.
The Thünen Institute feels committed to inclusion. Therefore, applications of disabled persons are highly welcomed. These will be particularly considered.
For further inquiries please contact PD Dr. Günter (E-mail: email@example.com).
Preferably digital or written applications in English language (including motivation letter, CV, list of publications, certificates or letters of recommendation, names and addresses of personal references as a single pdf) should be submitted under the key word “Forest Management“until 19.01.2020 to
Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut
Institut für Internationale Waldwirtschaft und Forstökonomie
Dir. und Prof. Prof. Dr. Matthias Dieter
Leuschnerstr. 91, 21031 Hamburg