Researcher (f/m/d)

Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e. V.


The mission of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) as a nationally and internationally active research institute is to deliver solutions for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society. ZALF is a member of the Leibniz Association and is located in Müncheberg (approx. 35 minutes by regional train from Berlin-Lichtenberg). It also maintains a research station with further locations in Dedelow and Paulinenaue.

ZALF aims to assess and continuously improve its scientific contribution to the sustainable development of agricultural landscape systems. The impact assessment research group at ZALF therefore develops and tests methods and indicators for the impact assessment of research on sustainable development targets.

This is done as part of the project "Socially responsible research - design, impact analysis, quality management (LeNa-Shape)" funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The approach follows an impact pathway approach and is exemplary applied to research projects relevant to agricultural landscapes.

Starting 01.05.2021 and subject to appropriation of funding we are offering a 2.5 years position at our location in Müncheberg as a

Researcher (f/m/d)

Your tasks:

Based on an international literature review, you develop a methodology for an ex-ante impact assessment of research in the field of natural resource use. This includes the justified selection of suitable indicators and a participatory design of impact pathway analysis involving scientists from ZALF and the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) in Bremen. The indicators are intended to bridge the research topics to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

You will apply the developed methodology on a pilot basis to research projects and project clusters of ZALF and ZMT. On this basis, you will develop a generic approach to impact assessment of research for the sustainable use of natural resources. You will work in cooperation with a complementary position at ZMT and in collaboration with the interdisciplinary consortium of the LeNa Shape project. You will publish your results in high quality scientific journals.


Your profile:

  • Master’s degree and ideally PhD in agricultural sciences, sustainability sciences or a related field of study.
  • At least initial knowledge on research impact assessment methods
  • Excellent interdisciplinary understanding of socio-ecological systems and in particular of the relevance of agricultural landscape and land use systems for sustainable development
  • Experience with conducting participatory processes
  • proficiency in English and German, both written and spoken
  • Excellent writing style and solid publication experience
  • Enjoying collaborating in a team

We offer:

  • A full-time position with a salary according German public service remuneration grade table, “TV-L, grade E13”
  • An interdisciplinary research environment
  • Work in the exciting field of sustainability assessment at a renowned, non-university research institute
  • Well-established national and international research networks
  • The possibility to deliver a science based contribution to sustainable development
  • Very good publication opportunities to promote your own academic career
  • Flexible working hours and a friendly and open working atmosphere in the team

Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from severely disabled persons with equal qualifications are favored. It is generally possible to work in the position on a part-time basis.

Please send your application preferably by e-mail (one PDF file, max. 5 MB; packed PDF documents, archive files like zip, rar etc. Word documents cannot be processed and therefore cannot be considered!) with the usual documents, in particular CV, proof of qualification and certificates, stating the reference number 20-2021 until 26th of March, 2021 to:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: Prof. Dr. Katharina Helming, Tel.: +49 (0) 33432/82-155, E-Mail:

For cost reasons, application documents or extensive publications can only be returned if an adequately stamped envelope is attached.

If you apply, we collect and process your personal data in accordance with Articles 5 and 6 of the EU GDPR only for the processing of your application and for purposes that result from possible future employment with the ZALF. Your data will be deleted after six months.

You can find further information at:

Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e. V.
Eberswalder Straße 84
15374 Müncheberg
Prof. Dr. Katharina Helming
033432 82-155
reference number 20-2021
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