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Leib­niz-Zen­trum für Agrar­land­schafts­for­schung e.V. - HR

Natio­nal und Inter­na­tio­nal agie­ren­des For­schungs­zen­trum in der öko­lo­gisch, öko­no­misch und sozial nach­hal­tig in der Land­wirt­schaft der Zukunft zu for­schen

Research Assist­ant (m/f/d)

Posi­tion 1 – Crop Sci­en­tist / Posi­tion 2 – Agri­cul­tu­ral Eco­no­mist

Work­ing field:

Posi­tion 1 – Crop Sci­en­tist
Your tasks:
  • Data collec­tion on cur­rent and diver­si­fied pro­duc­tion sys­tems in the case stu­dies.
  • Assess eco­lo­gi­cal and agro-eco­no­mic impacts of novel highly diver­si­fied sys­tems.
  • Apply a crop­ping sys­tem assess­ment frame­work and sup­port field expe­ri­ments.
  • Ana­lyse yield sta­bi­lity to inves­ti­gate the resi­li­ence of diver­si­fied crop­ping sys­tems.
  • Inte­grate eco­no­mic and eco­sys­tem ser­vice assess­ments to ana­lyse policy opti­ons sup­por­ting diver­si­fied agri­cul­tu­ral sys­tems.
  • Report on eco­lo­gi­cal and agro-eco­no­mic effects of diver­si­fied crop­ping sys­tems.
  • Publi­ca­tion of results in sci­en­ti­fic jour­nals.

Posi­tion 2 – Agri­cul­tu­ral Eco­no­mist
Your tasks:
  • Data collec­tion on farm struc­tures and pro­duc­tion sys­tems in the case stu­dies.
  • Apply a farm model for typi­cal farms of case study regi­ons to assess the com­pe­ti­tiveness of Medi­ter­ra­nean agri­cul­ture.
  • Deve­lop policy sce­n­a­rios in a par­ti­ci­patory approach and examine these sce­n­a­rios by the bio-eco­no­mic model­ling approach.
  • Inte­grate eco­no­mic and eco­sys­tem ser­vice assess­ments to ana­lyse policy opti­ons sup­por­ting diver­si­fied agri­cul­tu­ral sys­tems.
  • Pre­sen­ta­tion and dis­cus­sion of results with local sta­ke­hol­ders.
  • Publi­ca­tion of results in sci­en­ti­fic jour­nals.


Your qual­i­fic­a­tions:
  • MSc (or close to be fin­ished) in crop sci­ences (pos. 1) or in agri­cul­tural eco­nom­ics (pos. 2) (or sim­ilar qual­i­fic­a­tions)
  • Very good com­mu­nic­a­tion skills (incl. Eng­lish)
  • A high cap­ab­il­ity in self-man­age­ment & very good team­work skills
  • Will­ing­ness to travel in the Medi­ter­ranean Advant­age­ous
  • Exper­i­ence in the eval­u­ation of crop­ping sys­tems, stat­ist­ical ana­lysis and data col­lec­tion (pos. 1)
  • Exper­i­ence in farm level sur­veys, data man­age­ment and eco­nomic mod­el­ling tools (pos. 2)
  • Lan­guage skills in one Medi­ter­ranean lan­guage e.g. French

What we of­fer:

We offer:
  • A col­le­gial & open-min­ded working atmo­s­phere in the two working groups:
o Resource-Effi­ci­ent Crop­ping Sys­tems (pos. 1) and
o Farm Eco­no­mics and Eco­sys­tem Ser­vices (pos. 2)
  • Mem­bership in ZALF’s and uni­ver­si­ties gra­duate pro­grams and oppor­tu­nity for a doc­to­rate
  • Sci­en­ti­fic and per­so­nal exchange with pro­ject part­ners
  • Par­ti­ci­pa­tion in natio­nal & inter­na­tio­nal con­fe­ren­ces
  • Family-ori­en­ta­ted work (fle­xi­ble working hours and mobile work)
  • Salary accord­ing to the collec­tive agree­ment of the federal sta­tes (TV-L) EG13 with up to 70% wee­kly working time

How to ap­ply:

Women are par­ti­cu­larly encou­ra­ged to apply. App­li­ca­ti­ons from severely dis­ab­led per­sons with equal qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons are favo­red. Please send your app­li­ca­tion by e-mail (one PDF file, max. 5 MB) with all requi­red docu­ments (let­ter of moti­va­tion, CV, proof of qua­li­fi­ca­tion & cer­ti­fi­ca­tes), sta­ting the refe­rence num­ber 45- 2020 until 31 July 2020 to:
If you have any fur­ther ques­ti­ons, please do not hesi­tate to con­tact us.
Pos. 1: Dr. Moritz Reck­ling (; Pos. 2: Dr. Peter Zan­der (

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.

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