W3-professor position in Marine Governance University of Oldenburg

The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the University of
Oldenburg jointly founded the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of
Oldenburg (HIFMB). For the establishment of HIFMB, we invite applications for a joint W3-professor position in
Marine Governance

HIFMB develops the scientific basis for marine conservation and marine ecosystem management by
analysing the functional role of biodiversity in marine ecosystem and understanding the general principles
constraining this role. The Institute thereby establishes the necessary knowledge and tools to predict future
changes in biodiversity and ecosystem function and to analyse their consequences for human well-being.

The development of HIFMB is embedded in the existing research excellence of AWI and University of
Oldenburg in marine biodiversity research, comprising research groups at the Institute for Chemistry and
Biology of the Marine Environment at University of Oldenburg and the Biosciences at AWI. HIFMB offers a
rich intellectual environment and excellent research opportunities (www.hifmb.de). Specifically, each
professorship will be equipped with allocated scientific personnel and be further able to apply for internal
resources for cross-disciplinary projects. The region around Bremen and Oldenburg hosts more than 1000
marine scientists, offering broad interdisciplinary collaboration potential across universities and research
institutions.

The Professor in Marine Governance will advance the institute’s interdisciplinary research on marine
conservation by establishing an internationally visible profile in the marine social sciences. Whereas
information from natural sciences is the basis for understanding the functional role of biodiversity in
ecosystem processes, the societal decision about use and protection of marine biodiversity is based on
economic, sociological, legal and political factors. Numerous institutional and non-institutional actors are
involved in defining and deciding upon marine conservation and the exploitation of marine resources. 

The successful candidate will establish a novel research field on formal or informal governance processes,
based on a proven research expertise in this or related fields (such as environmental policy, political
economy, political anthropology, environmental sociology, ecological economics, and/or science &
technology studies), preferentially already tied to marine ecosystems. Given that marine conservation
involves international and local levels of governance, a scale-transient approach is highly welcome,
including expertise in both quantitative and qualitative empirical as well as conceptual approaches to
allow links to the theoretical and empirical natural marine sciences at HIFMB, University of Oldenburg and
AWI. 

Applicants should exemplify their interest in the science-policy interface and their track record in
interdisciplinary research. HIFMB strives to integrate with existing expertise at University of Oldenburg
(Institute for Social Sciences, Ecological Economics) as well as in the region (economy, cultural
anthropology, history, human geography at Leibniz Centre for Marine Tropical Ecology & University
Bremen). Candidates are expected to represent the subject Marine Governance in teaching at graduate and
undergraduate levels.

Applicants must have the necessary formal qualifications as set out in § 25 of Niedersächsisches
Hochschulgesetz. Candidates are required to hold an excellent PhD in sociological environmental or
sustainability research and to have additional research and teaching qualification at university level proven
by a pertinent habilitation, assistant professorship or an equivalent scientific track record in governance
research or a related field (e.g., political ecology, environmental sociology, ecological economics,
behavioural or institutional economics, political economy, science and technology studies, political
anthropology), including publications in leading international peer-reviewed journals, integration in the
international research community and professional work experience abroad. Applicants are requested to
show their ability and willingness to participate in integrative and interdisciplinary research projects. 

They need to have experience and potential in the acquisition of third party funded projects. Distinct teaching
experience and didactic abilities have to be shown. Proficiency in English is mandatory. We expect the
successful candidate to acquire German within two years. Given the current research focus of AWI and
University of Oldenburg on polar and temperate seas, research expertise in these regions is helpful.
International applications are explicitly welcome. To increase the proportion of women in science equally
qualified female candidates will be given preference. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially
considered in case of equal qualification.

Applications, including a curriculum vitae, qualifying documentation (final academic records, list of
publications, evidence of external funding, teaching experience and prizes) and a research plan as well as a
teaching plan should be submitted by email in a single pdf-file to berufungenHIFMB@unioldenburg.
de. Closing date is Wednesday, 11 April 2018.

Enquiries about the position are welcomed by the director of the HIFMB, Prof H. Hillebrand
(helmut.hillebrand@uni-oldenburg.de). All current vacancies for HIFMB professorships at the University of
Oldenburg can be found at www.uni-ol.de/stellen/.


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