PhD: Social-ecological impacts of financial risk-coping policy instruments (Germany) ~

12 de septiembre de 2014

PhD: Social-ecological impacts of financial risk-coping policy instruments (Germany)

PhD Position (m/f) at the HelmholtzCentre of Environmental Research UFZ in Leipzig (Department of Ecological Modelling) the Junior Research Group.
"POLISES - Global food security policies and their social-ecological side effects in regions prone to global change"(

In this group the following vacancy is offered at the nearest possible date:
Working hours 25,36 hours per week, limited to 3 years

Subject: Social-ecological impacts of financial risk-coping policy instruments – an agent-based modelling approach

Your duties:
- Develop social-ecological simulation models for livestock (and
crop)  farmers in drylands
- Explore impacts of financial risk-coping policy instruments such as rain index-insurances on land use in African countries under different
processes of global change
- Detect side effects of financial risk-coping policy instruments on the social-ecological system using modelling
- Exchange knowledge with local and international stakeholders
relevant in this research context

Your profile:
- An excellent master's degree in a relevant field of research, including system sciences, mathematics, physics, geography, (geo-)ecology
- Expertise in modelling and analysing complex systems (knowledge in land use modelling is beneficial)
- Proficiency in computer programming (e.g. C++ and Java) and advanced
statistical methods
- Deep interest in sustainable land use and food security in
developing countries (preferably in drylands)
- Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English and ambition to
publish in international journals (sound knowledge of French is
- High motivation to work in an international and interdisciplinary
team and interest in stays abroad for up to three months

We offer:
- Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
- The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between high level basic research and application
oriented research & development
- Work in an inter-disciplinary, multinational team
- Excellent links with national and international research networks
- Excellent support and optimal subject-specific and general training with our HIGRADE graduate school
- Remuneration in accordance with the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13 (65%)

Your application
We look forward to receiving your e-mail
application quoting the reference 67/2014 at

für Umweltforschung GmbH – UFZ
Permoserstraße 15
04318 Leipzig

Closing date for applications: 30.09.2014

Your contact for any questions
you may have about the job:
Dr. Birgit Müller

Equal opportunities are an integral part of our
personnel policy, we therefore particularly
welcome applications from qualified women.
Severely disabled persons are given priority
when applicants are equally qualified.

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