PhD Researcher (f/m/x) Environmental Law

The Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ
March 04, 2023
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The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) with its 1,100 employees has gained an excellent reputation as an international competence centre for environmental sciences. We are part of the largest scientific organisation in Germany, the Helmholtz association. Our mission: Our research seeks to find a balance between social development and the long-term protection of our natural resources.

The job

PhD Researcher (f/m/x) in Environmental Law

in the Frame of the „Kompetenznetz Zukunftsherausforderungen des Umweltrechts“ KomUR (Network of Competence on Future Challenges of Environmental Law) The Department of Environmental and Planning Law at UFZ analyses the legal barriers and drivers of environmental sustainability in an interdisciplinary and practice oriented research context.

As of April 2023, the Department is coordinating partner of the abovementioned Network project (KomUR) that is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). This project aims to enhance networking of German environmental law research within the country and, in particular, in the European and international community. KomUR includes, i.a., 13 PhD- positions at six German Universities as well as diverse networking activities. Within the frame of this project the Department for Environmental & Planning Law is now offering two positions for a PhD Researcher in part-time (65%), TVÖD 13, limited to 3 years.

Your tasks

These positions focus on the preparation of a legal dissertation within the thematic scope of the KomUR and the Department, and preferably on one the following fields and topics:

Law in Sustainability Transformation

  • Regulatory Sandboxes: experimental clauses for sustainability innovation in comparative perspective
  • Policy planning law: conceptional legal approaches to sustainability transformation
  • Sustainable urban development

  • Blue-green cities – planning and implementation in comparative perspective
  • Sustainable Water Management

  • Ecological water management & restoration: Aims, responsibilities and instruments in comparative perspective (EU/US/NZ)
  • Legal approaches to managing water scarcity in comparative perspective
  • Future Energy Landscapes

  • Legal measures for international cooperation towards environmentally sound energy supply
  • The Relation between negative emissions technologies and renewable energy in comparative perspective
  • Agriculture Transformation

  • Agriculture and Biodiversity as a legal and governance challenge
  • Legal approaches to mitigating external environmental effects of biomass imports
  • We kindly ask applicants to explain their preferences, and we also admit proposals of other topics within the above thematic fields. The PhD researchers will be embedded in a comprehensive networking programme including annual doctoral meetings, international networking workshops, research visits and active participation in international conferences. The Dissertations must be accepted by a German environmental law chair and prepared in accordance with the requirements of the relevant faculty. Key results of the research shall be published with one or two articles in English language.

    We offer
  • Excellent technical facilities which are without parallel
  • The freedom you need to bridge the difficult gap between basic research and close to being ready for application
  • Work in inter-disciplinary, multinational teams
  • Excellent links with national and international research networks
  • Excellent support and optimal subject-specific and general training with our HIGRADE graduate school
  • Remuneration in accordance with the TVöD public-sector pay grade 13
  • Your profile

    In view of these work tasks the following qualifications are key:

  • First German State Examination or equivalent external qualification in legal science with an above-average grade,
  • Advanced knowledge/skills in environmental and planning law
  • Sample of professional writing (seminar essay, publication or similar)
  • Excellent German and English language skills
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