Junior Researcher in the Field of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Ecologic Institute

Berlin, , DE

As a Junior Researcher working in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services, you would support our team in the preparation of current projects with a particular focus on the following three topic-areas: (1) management of aquatic biodiversity (freshwater, coastal and marine), (2) the delivery of ecosystem services by green and blue infrastructure and (3) nature-based solutions.

As a team-member, you would also support the acquisition of new projects in this area with the goal of permanent employment.

What will your job entail?

  • You will contribute to German and European projects.
  • You will evaluate biodiversity and spatial planning policies, and assessing their environmental impacts.
  • You will analyze benefits of nature-based solutions / green and blue infrastructure as well as causalities between biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services.
  • You will conduct case studies, including desk-based research, interviews and potential study-site visits.
  • You will contribute to the development of policy guidance and recommendations.
  • You will support to project acquisition processes and the drafting of project reports, scientific publications, policy briefs, etc.

What do we expect from you?

  • a master’s degree (environmental governance, environmental science, geography, landscape planning)
  • 1-2 years of relevant experience in the analysis of EU environmental policy and the assessment of ecosystem services
  • good working knowledge of the EU Biodiversity Strategy, Green Infrastructure Strategy, Marine Strategy Framework Directive and Water Framework Directive
  • general familiarity with the concepts and application of nature-based solutions, ecosystem-based management/approaches, and green infrastructure
  • knowledge of other EU and German adaptation, nature, and land use policies is beneficial
  • experience with economic assessments (e.g. MCA, cost-benefit assessments) would be an added value
  • excellent analytical skills, as well as written and spoken German and English; other language skills would be beneficial
  • ability to work independently and within an interdisciplinary team
  • ideally, experience in project acquisition, writing of policy recommendations and/or policy briefs, and drafting project reports

What do we offer?

  • a chance to work on exciting projects with a high level of relevance for policy
  • a pleasant working environment in an international, intercultural and interdisciplinary team
  • creative latitude which allows you over time to set individual priorities and develop your own area of expertise
  • a flexible and family-friendly working environment based on a flat hierarchy
  • an attractive salary and individual opportunities for professional development

How do you apply?

Please apply exclusively through our online application form.

You will need to provide the following documents:

  • letter of motivation
  • CV
  • relevant work and study certificates
  • sample of work in German and/or English (max. 20 pages each) or a personal publication or study
  • two contact persons as references