PhD student (m/f/d) - scholar-ships - at the Junior Research Group "Cultural Landscapes"

University Hildesheim


The newly established Junior Research Group / post-graduate school

Cultural landscapes – Traditions and innovation for sustainable land use by promoting multiple ecosystem and landscape services

at the University Hildesheim (Germany) has vacancies for the period 01.04.2022 until 30.09.2025 for

4 PhD students (m/f/d).

The Junior Research Group, funded by the Bodnarescu Foundation, will focus on the ecosystem and landscape services of traditional cultural landscapes in Europe, by also exploring innovation in order to develop multifunctional and sustainable cultural landscapes.

This will be addressed by comparing landscapes in South East Europe with Central European and Mediterranean ones.

The supervisor team and cooperation partners origin from Germany, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, and Slovakia, thus forming an international and interdisciplinary project team. The PhD students are expected to closely interact in this interdisciplinary team.

Framework topics for the PhD positions (scholar-ships / 1.200 EUR/month):

  • PhD 1: Soil characteristics and soil ecosystem services in cultural landscapesb (reference number 2022/49)
  • PhD 2: Sustainability indicators in traditional, multifunctional cultural landscapes (reference number 2022/50)
  • PhD 3: Agroforestry systems: their services, restoration, and sustainable management (reference number 2022/51)
  • PhD 4: Integration of ecosystem and landscape services into sustainable tourism (reference number 2022/52)

Qualifications for the PhD positions:

  • Completed university studies (diploma, master's degree or comparable) in landscape ecology, biology, ecology, physical geography/geoecology, environmental management, forestry/agricultural sciences, sustainability sciences or similar disciplines;
  • Master thesis (or similar) with reference to one of the PhD-topics;
  • Experience in comprehensive data analysis and literature evaluation;
  • Experience and willingness to cooperate in an interdisciplinary and international team;
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English.

Please send your application and attachments, quoting the reference number, as one PDF document (< 5 MB) by e-mail until 2022-02-18 to.02.


University Hildesheim
Institute for Geography
Universitätsplatz 1
31141 Hildesheim
Prof. Dr. Martin Sauerwein
+49 (0)5121 883-40902
reference numbers: 2022/49, 2022/50, 2022/51, 2022/52
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