Open position at University of Freiburg, Germany

The Chair of Environmental Economics and Resource Management at the University of Freiburg, Germany (, Prof. Dr. Stefan Baumgärtner) is seeking a

Doctoral or Postdoctoral Researcher
in Ecological, Environmental and Resource Economics

beginning June 1, 2019 or the earliest date thereafter. The position is in the BMBF-funded project marEEshift, remunerated under state salary scheme TV-L E13, and limited to a term of three years. Employment is full-time (for PostDoc) or 75% part-time (for Doc).

The inter- and transdisciplinary, multi-partner collaborative research project marEEshift studies tipping points in the fisheries of the Western Baltic Sea. This is a coupled ecological-economic system under the influence of multiple economic, societal and political actors. The project aims to develop a theoretical and empirical, model-based understanding of how tipping-points in the ecological-economic system emerge, and which institutions and policy measures can shift the Western Baltic Sea into a regime of sustainability. Our group’s contribution to marEEshift is the model-based empirical and normative analysis of actors’ responsibility for the unsustainable de- velopments of the past, and for sustainable developments in the future. To this end, we identify and assess actual and potential cause-and-effect-chains in the ecological-economic system against normative criteria of responsibility and sustainability.


  • cutting-edge research in the marEEshift-project according to the project’s workplan
  • exchange and integration of research results with other marEEshift-subprojects
  • publication of research results in scientific journals and presentations at conferences
  • presentations and reports to the funding agency

Ideal profile:

  • Master or PhD in economics or another relevant field (finished or near completion)
  • strong research motivation in the area of our group’s contribution to marEEshift
  • very good expertise in ecological-economic modelling, as well as in concepts of sustainability and responsibility
  • at least good German and English language proficiency (oral and written)
  • independence, reliability and good communication skills

We offer:

  • an attractive work environment within an interdisciplinary and international team at one of the best research universities of Europe
  • the opportunity to work towards a PhD or Habilitation
  • support for building your own independent scientific career (networking, mentoring, projects, funding and leading a junior research group, etc.)

Contact: Stefan Baumgärtner, +49.761.2033753,

Send your application (including cover letter, CV, transcripts, names and contact information of two academic references) as one single pdf via email to:

Screening of applications begins on April 1, 2019; the position remains open until filled.

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