Four doctoral research positions in Hydrology, Human Geography, European Ethnology and Ecology

Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE)

Frankfurt, , DE

The ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, based in Frankfurt am Main/Germany, is a leading non-profit and non-university institute for transdisciplinary sustainability research. For 30 years, the Institute has been developing social-ecological concepts, thus providing support for sound decision-making processes by policy makers, civil society and industry. This way, ISOE contributes to sustainable development and provides the impetus for critical and sustainable science. Our clients and sponsors include national and international public institutions and corporations. 

In cooperation with Goethe University Frankfurt (GU), University Koblenz-Landau (UKL) and Trier University (TU), ISOE invites applications for 

4 doctoral research positions in 
Hydrology, Human Geography, 
European Ethnology and Ecology

(65 %, 4.25 years, start of employment 01/11/2020, 
salary according to German civil service pay scale (TV-H/TV-L/TVöD/TV-G-U))

in the Junior Research Group

Regulation of Groundwater 
in Telecoupled Social-Ecological Systems

The research group sets out to explore current challenges in management of the ‘hidden resource’ groundwater in Europe, against the background of long-distance environmental and societal feedbacks (telecouplings). Dynamics in groundwater quantity and quality that lead to environmental risks such as droughts and pollution, associated societal conflicts and institutional settings are addressed with perspectives from natural and social sciences as well as from stakeholders at the European and at local levels. We are seeking four doctoral researchers to build a team that develops innovative ways of thinking, studying and managing groundwater in Europe.

The four doctoral positions will provide the opportunity for disciplinary research and qualification, while these individual projects will be integrated under the overall research topic of ‘Telecoupled Social-Ecological Systems’. All members of the group will work on joint research questions regarding the social-ecological regulation of groundwater in Europe. The first 6 months serve to concretize the own research question and to create a shared understanding of the overarching research aim, the disciplinary perspectives, the interdisciplinary teamwork and the transdisciplinary collaboration with stakeholders.

The research group will be headed by Dr Fanny Frick-Trzebitzky and Dr Robert Luetkemeier, and based at ISOE in Frankfurt with GU, UKL and TU as partnering institutions. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the Social-Ecological Research Framework of FONA. All vacancies are subject to final grant approval by BMBF.

For more infomation see job advertisement (pdf)