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Leib­niz-Insti­tut für Agrar­tech­nik und Bio­öko­no­mie e.V. (ATB)

The Leib­niz Insti­tute for Agri­cul­tural Engin­eer­ing and Bioeconomy is a pion­eer and a driver of bioeconomy research. We cre­ate the sci­entific found­a­tion to trans­form agri­cul­tural, food, indus­trial and energy sys­tems into a com­pre­hens­ive bio-based cir­cu­lar eco­nomy. We develop and integ­rate tech­niques, pro­cesses and man­age­ment strategies, effect­ively con­ver­ging tech­no­lo­gies to intel­li­gently cross­link highly diverse bioeco­nomic pro­duc­tion sys­tems and to con­trol them in a know­ledge-based, adapt­ive and largely auto­mated man­ner. We con­duct research in dia­logue with soci­ety - know­ledge-motiv­ated and applic­a­tion-inspired.

ATB is coordin­ator of the Hori­zon Europe pro­ject Mar­ginUp! - Rais­ing the bio-based indus­trial feed­stock capa­city of Mar­ginal Lands, an innov­a­tion action within the topic: Innov­at­ing sus­tain­able bio-based sys­tems and the bioeconomy - Mar­ginal lands and cli­mate-resi­li­ent and biod­iversity-friendly crops for sus­tain­able indus­trial feed­stocks and related value chains (HORI­ZON-CL6-2022-Cir­cBio-01-02). The Mar­ginUp! pro­ject pro­poses a strategy to secure use and return prof­it­ab­il­ity on mar­ginal lands. Its main object­ive is to intro­duce cli­mate-resi­li­ent and biod­iversity-friendly non-food crops for sus­tain­able indus­trial feed­stock in mar­gin­al­ised and low-pro­ductiv­ity lands. The pro­ject will focus on pro­du­cing bio­mass to be used as raw mater­ial for the pro­duc­tion of bioproducts and bio­fuels, which in turn, will cre­ate a sus­tain­able and cir­cu­lar value chain, increas­ing the farm­ing sys­tem resi­li­ence in rural areas. To fur­ther enhance the biod­iversity bene­fi­cial impact, Mar­ginUp! is focus­ing on under­stand­ing which mar­ginal lands are suit­able for low ILUC bio­mass pro­duc­tion. The know­ledge gathered in this pro­ject will be put into prac­tice in five dif­fer­ent use cases loc­ated in five dif­fer­ent regions across Europe. Moreover, inter­na­tional cooper­a­tion has been con­sidered and exam­in­a­tion and iden­ti­fic­a­tion of mar­ginal lands will extend to non-European coun­tries. To ensure the suc­cess of the pro­ject, Mar­ginUp! will have a rep­lic­a­tion net­work to address the needs and require­ments of rel­ev­ant stake­hold­ers, includ­ing, poli­cy­makers, land man­agers, farm­ers, the bio-based industry, envir­on­mental author­it­ies, the aca­demia and the civil soci­ety.

We would like to fill the fol­low­ing pos­i­tion for the men­tioned pro­ject sub­ject to pro­ject approval, start­ing on Novem­ber 1st, 2022

Sci­ent­ist/Pro­ject Coordin­ator (m/f/d) (100 %)


Working field:

  • Coordin­at­ing and man­aging the pro­ject and part­ners’ activ­it­ies as a mem­ber of the pro­ject coordin­a­tion team
  • Organ­iz­ing, presid­ing, mod­er­at­ing and doc­u­ment­ing pro­ject and research activ­it­ies, meet­ings, work­shops and con­fer­ences
  • Mon­it­or­ing and eval­u­at­ing pro­ject activ­it­ies and com­pli­ance by the part­ners
  • Fol­low­ing-up and adapt­ing the plan­ning and exe­cu­tion of work pack­ages
  • Ini­ti­at­ing and con­trib­ut­ing to research activ­it­ies related to the techno-eco­nomic, socio-tech­nical and socio-eco­lo­gical ana­lysis of integ­rated sys­tems
  • Invest­ig­at­ing tech­nical, social and insti­tu­tional innov­a­tions, capa­city devel­op­ment and gov­ernance mod­els
  • Con­trib­ut­ing to research on sys­tems trans­form­a­tions, entre­pren­eur­ship, value chains, busi­ness mod­els and busi­ness envir­on­ments devel­op­ment
  • Enga­ging in rep­lic­a­tion and capa­city build­ing activ­it­ies
  • Dis­sem­in­at­ing, com­mu­nic­at­ing and clus­ter­ing with related pro­jects
  • Present­ing res­ults at national and inter­na­tional con­fer­ences and pub­lish­ing among oth­ers in peer-reviewed, inter­na­tional journ­als
  • Writ­ing and com­mu­nic­at­ing reports on pro­ject activ­it­ies, pro­gress and res­ults for internal and external part­ners as well as com­plet­ing deliv­er­ables for fund­ing author­ity
  • Col­lect­ing, review­ing to verify con­sist­ency and sub­mit­ting reports, other deliv­er­ables and spe­cific reques­ted doc­u­ments to the fund­ing author­ity
  • Col­lab­or­at­ing in the design and imple­ment­a­tion of courses as well as super­vi­sion of gradu­ation theses at the uni­versity


  • Great interest in innov­a­tion stud­ies, busi­ness man­age­ment and rural devel­op­ment
  • Excel­lent pro­ject man­age­ment skills
  • Excel­lent uni­versity degree or doc­tor­ate in social sci­ences, human­it­ies, polit­ical sci­ences, agri­cul­tural sci­ences, envir­on­mental sci­ences, eco­nom­ics or other sub­ject area related to the pro­ject
  • Sci­entific expert­ise and abil­ity to con­cep­tu­al­ize and ini­ti­ate empir­ical ana­lyses based on sound the­or­et­ical reas­on­ing prefer­ably demon­strated in one or more fields of activ­ity rel­ev­ant to the pro­ject
  • Rel­ev­ant exper­i­ence with quant­it­at­ive, qual­it­at­ive and inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research meth­ods
  • Excel­lent Eng­lish oral and writ­ing skills
  • Good inter­cul­tural com­mu­nic­a­tion, detail ori­ented and team­work skills
  • Exper­i­ence in coordin­at­ing col­lab­or­at­ive pro­jects with many part­ners in an inter­na­tional con­text
  • Exper­i­ence with the admin­is­trat­ive hand­ling of EU pro­jects desired
  • Exper­i­ence in pub­lish­ing and present­ing pro­ject res­ults, organ­iz­ing and mod­er­at­ing pro­ject events
  • Will­ing­ness to travel within Europe
  • Inde­pend­ent work, per­sonal com­mit­ment, reli­ab­il­ity, flex­ib­il­ity, organ­isa­tional skills, detail ori­ented and the abil­ity to work in a team as well as will­ing­ness to cooper­ate

What we offer:

  • Cur­rent research on bioeconomy related top­ics and the trans­form­a­tion of soci­o­tech­nical sys­tems
  • Cooper­a­tion with an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary experts team in a highly com­pet­it­ive inter­na­tional pro­ject
  • A chal­len­ging and self-respons­ible activ­ity in a col­legial and trust­ing work­ing atmo­sphere
  • Very good con­di­tions for your own sci­entific devel­op­ment and sup­port of your own research pro­jects at a high inter­na­tional level
  • Pos­sib­il­ity of fur­ther aca­demic train­ing at a Leib­niz Insti­tute and the Hum­boldt-Uni­versität zu Ber­lin and the Ber­lin Work­shop in Insti­tu­tional Ana­lysis of Social-Eco­lo­gical Sys­tems (WINS)
  • Fam­ily-friendly work­ing con­di­tions that pro­mote the com­pat­ib­il­ity of work and fam­ily life
  • Com­pany-owned elec­tric bicycles for busi­ness trips
  • Par­ti­cip­a­tion on the VBB com­pany ticket
  • Our insti­tute is loc­ated on the edge of a pic­tur­esque park-like land­scape and is easy to reach by pub­lic trans­port or by bike

This full-time pos­i­tion (100%) is lim­ited until Septem­ber 30th, 2026. This vacancy is sub­ject to pro­ject approval.
The salary is based on your qual­i­fic­a­tion and pro­fes­sional exper­i­ence accord­ing to TV-L up to salary group 13.

For fur­ther inform­a­tion, please con­tact PD Dr. Phil­ipp Grundmann (E-Mail and visit our web­site

How to apply:

If you would like to con­trib­ute your pro­fes­sional com­pet­ence to our inter­dis­cip­lin­ary research, please apply by the fol­low­ing dead­line August 28, 2022 using ATB’s online applic­a­tion form for the job advert­ise­ment, code 2022-2-4, at Applic­a­tions received after the applic­a­tion dead­line can­not be con­sidered.

Equal­ity of oppor­tun­ity is part of our per­son­nel policy. Dis­abled applic­ants with adequate qual­i­fic­a­tion will be pref­er­en­tially con­sidered.

By sub­mit­ting an applic­a­tion, you agree that your job applic­a­tion doc­u­ments will be stored for a period of six months, even in the case of an unsuc­cess­ful applic­a­tion. Fur­ther inform­a­tion on the pro­cessing, stor­age and pro­tec­tion of your per­sonal data can be found at .