Research Associate / PhD student, Ecosystem

Dresden, Sachsen (DE)
28 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), as a University of Excellence, is one of the leading and most dynamic research institutions in the country. Founded in 1828, today it is a globally oriented, regionally anchored top university as it focuses on the grand challenges of the 21st century. lt develops innovative solutions for the world's most pressing issues. In research and academic programs, the university unites the natural and engineering sciences with the humanities, social sciences and medicine. This wide range of disciplines is a special feature, facilitating interdisciplinarity and transfer of science to society. As a modern employer, it offers attractive working conditions to all employees in teaching, research, technology and administration. The goal is to promote and develop their individual abilities while empowering everyone to reach their full potential. TUD embodies a university culture that is characterized by cosmopolitanism, mutual appreciation, thriving innovation and active participation. For TUD diversity is an essential feature and a quality criterion of an excellent university. Accordingly, we welcome all applicants who would like to commit themselves, their achievements and productivity to the success of the whole institution.

At the International Institute (IHI) Zittau, a Central Academic Unit, the Chair of Ecosystem Services offers a position as 

Research Associate / PhD student (m/f/x)
(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)

starting February 1, 2023. The position is initially limited for 3 years with 50 % of the fulltime weekly hours. The period of employment is governed the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). The position aims at obtaining further academic qualification (e.g. PhD). 

Tasks: scientific research on policies and governance options for biodiversity conservation and the integration of ecosystem services in public and private decision-making; participation in the fulfilment of teaching tasks and the coordination of the English-speaking Master Program Ecosystem Services at IHI Zittau; organizational and administrative tasks.

Requirements: very good or good university degree (Master or equivalent) in economics, agricultural or environmental social sciences, preferably with a focus in ecological economics or environmental economics; solid knowledge of the ecosystem services concept; very good German and English language and communication skills and proven interest to work in interdisciplinary teams. A background in qualitative and/or quantitative empirical methods in economics / social sciences is of advantage.

Work environment: attractive and engaging work environment in the inter- and transdisciplinary field of biodiversity and ecosystem services research; work at a university of excellence with an international profile in the heart of Europe; open, collaborative and creative work climate; offers for professional education and training.

For questions about this position, please contact Prof. Irene Ring (

TUD strives to employ more women in academia and research. We therefore expressly encourage women to apply. The University is a certified family-friendly university and offers a Dual Career Service. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities. If multiple candidates prove to be equally qualified, those with disabilities or with equivalent status pursuant to the German Social Code IX (SGB IX) will receive priority for employment.

Please submit your comprehensive application (cover letter, CV, transcripts, references) by November 1, 2022 (stamped arrival date of TU Dresden applies), preferably via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal by sending it as a single pdf-document to or by mail to: TU Dresden, Internationales Hochschulinstitut Zittau, Professur für Ökosystemare Dienstleistungen (Ecosystem Services), Frau Prof. Dr. Irene Ring, Markt 23, 02763 Zittau, Germany. Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.

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