GrassNet: Cross-continental network for sustainable adaptation of grassland systems vulnerable to climate change" (funded by DAAD)
18 months Post Doc Scholarship
In the frame of the DAAD funded GrassNet project (http://www.grassnet.info/) we offer a Post doc scholarship for a total of 18 months during a period of three years (2011 – 2013) for a Kenyan scientist at the German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture DITSL in Witzenhausen / Germany (www.ditsl.org). Timing of the post doc periods in Germany can be flexible, however, preference is for longer durations of 6 months up to 1 year in one go.
The Post Doc will join the research group “Social ecology in agriculture”. Within this group, we analyse pastoral systems as human activity systems, and do research on pastoral livelihoods focusing on resilience and adaptive capacity of the systems. This implies a focus on range and livestock management and the underlying knowledge to achieve the respective production purposes. We use action research approaches for knowledge production and collaborative learning in transdisciplinary set-ups. The Post doc research topic will be discussed during the application process, since it also depends on the qualification and interest of the candidate.
Funding includes a DAAD scholarship of 1840 Euro/month and travel expenses to Germany (flat rate).
- PhD preferably in human ecology, anthropology, sociology or in geography, agricultural economics, livestock science, natural resource management.
Own experience in undertaking and managing field research in pastoral systems (mandatory).
- Interest or preferably experience in the following areas: systems, knowledge, learning.
- Strong team-building skills and ability to work across disciplines.
- Strong academic skills.
DITSL is an equal opportunity employer and particularly encourages qualified women to apply.
The position can be filled as soon as possible, however latest by July 2011.
Please send your CV, certificates, a motivation letter, a pdf copy of your Phd thesis, and a tentative time table for the Post doc periods in Germany to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Brigitte Kaufmann firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Kaufmann in case of any further questions.
Date of announcement: 15/01/2011.