Research Associate (m/f/d) for the project Kili-SES

Leuphana University

Lüneburg, , DE

07.07.2020 starting in January 2021, fixed term for 3 years, EG 13 TV-L (65% part time)

Leuphana University of Lüneburg stands for innovation in education and scholarship based on the values of a humanistic, sustainable and entrepreneurial university. The collaborative search for knowledge and viable solutions in the areas of education, culture, sustainability as well as management and entrepreneurship defines the university model with its award-winning College, Graduate School and Professional School. Methodological diversity and interdisciplinary cooperation characterize our academic understanding.

Leuphana University of Lüneburg (foundation under public law), Faculty of Sustainability, has a vacancy for a part time (65 %)

Research Associate (m/f/d)
(salary group EG 13 TV-L)

starting in January 2021, fixed term for three years.

Leuphana University of Lüneburg, foundation under public law, fosters the development of junior scientific staff. Therefore, the university offers one PhD position funded by the DFG Research Unit entitled ‘The role of nature for human well-being in the Kilimanjaro Social-Ecological System (Kili-SES)’ in the field of nature valuation. The focus of the PhD will be the ‘Demand and values of Nature’s Contributions to People by different stakeholders in the Kilimanjaro Mountain’.

The invitation to apply is targeted at extraordinarily qualified young academics with an interest in the research field of valuation of nature and ecosystem services. The PhD position will run for a maximum of three years. Throughout the period of the PhD, 2021-2023, the prospective candidate will be expected to have his/her place of residence in Lüneburg (or surroundings) and to undertake the research in the Tanzanian side of the Kilimanjaro Mountain.

As part of a team of eight people (5PIs+2PhDs+1PostDoc), the doctoral student (m/f/d) will focus on researching the demand and values of nature and ecosystem services provided by different ecosystems of the Kilimanjaro Mountain and elicited by tourists, tourism operators and managers. The research is embedded into the interdisciplinary DFG research unit “The role of nature for human well-being in the Kilimanjaro Social-Ecological System (Kili-SES)”, funded by the DFG.

The research questions of the PhD project will be (1) Which nature’s contributions to people are demanded and valued by which stakeholder group and why? (2) What are the non-monetary values of NCP? (3) Does NCP demand and value vary due to different knowledge systems?

Your tasks:

  • to assess the demand of nature’s contributions to people and their values held by different stakeholders, including tourists, tourism operators and water, forest, agricultural and national park managers
  • to conduct interviews, questionnaires and photo-voice with several respondents and
  • to perform relevant analysis, such as content analysis, discourse analysis and statistical analysis, with the information collected by the abovementioned methods

The cumulative dissertation will represent a series of at least three manuscripts that ideally lead to internationally published journal articles that undergo peer review.

The doctoral candidate (m/f/d) will closely collaborate with another doctoral student (m/f/d) from Tanzania who will be answering the same questions but working with local stakeholders, such as Chagga people and coffee farmers.

Your profile:

  • Master´s degree (GPA of 2.5 or bet¬ter) in social sustainability science, ecological economics, human ecology or a relevant discipline
  • Proven understanding of plural valuation, nature’s contributions to people and ecosystem services frameworks
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection and data analyses
  • Willingness to learn new techniques for data collection and data analyses
  • Willingness to learn Kiswahili
  • Proven ability to work in an international team and independently under challenging circumstances
  • Advanced English oral and writing skills

We offer:

  • Flexible and family-friendly working hours
  • Internal and external CPD courses
  • University sports and health promotion measures for employees
  • Employer-funded pension

For further information, applicants are welcome to contact Prof. Dr. Berta Martín-López (

Leuphana University of Lüneburg is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering heterogeneity among its staff. Disabled applicants with equal qualifications will be given priority consideration. We are looking forward to receiving your application.

Please send your application in English (as a single merged pdf file comprised by CV, motivation letter and two reference letters) by August 15th 2020 electronically to:

Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Personalservice, Corinna Schmidt
Subject: KiliSES International
Universitätsallee 1
21335 Lüneburg