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Institution Faculty of Geosciences - Department of Geography
Remuneration group TV-L E13
Full-time / Part-time Full-time (100%)
Start date As soon as possible
Application deadline 2022-10-15

About us:

The Department of Geography of the LMU is a globally recognized institution with innovative approaches in sustainability science. There, the newly established chair for physical geography and nexus research assesses the complex interactions between water security, food production, energy security and nature at the global and macro-regional level. This complex system that we call the “nexus” has characteristics of its own that emerge at the system level and cannot be analysed as the sum of sub-system characteristics. Our group develops knowledge and tools to understand, monitor, and simulate the behaviour, features and evolution of the nexus as a complex system.

We are looking for you:

Researcher in the field of Complex System Science (m/f/x)

in Munich

Your tasks and responsibilities:

  • Simulation of the dynamic of the nexus system in response to multiple internal and external drivers;
  • Understanding of the relative importance of interconnections in the nexus system,
    including description of negative and positive feedback loops;
  • Identification of non-linear reactions in the nexus system that may lead to disruptions and cascading failures
    (hunger crisis, disruption of water supply, energy insecurity, ecosystem instability);
  • Analysis of the hysteresis of the nexus system (sensitivity to initial conditions, role of the system's memory);
  • Quantitative description of self-organization and spontaneous order of the nexus system;
  • Development nexus approaches that are applicable at different spatial scales;
  • Third-party funding acquisition;
  • Management and guidance in the own group;
  • Writing scientific publications;
  • Teaching and student mentoring.

Your qualifications:

  • PhD degree in Physics, Statistics, Mathematics or similar;
  • Strong background in complex systems theory and nonlinear dynamics,
    preferably with experience in complex networks;
  • Post-doc experience is a plus;
  • Experience or the ability to quickly acquire advance level in scientific programming (e.g. C, Python, FORTRAN);
  • Prior experience in interdisciplinary work is a plus.

We expect:

  • The ability to work independently and on your own initiative;
  • Structured and goal-oriented thinking;
  • Capacity to familiarise yourself quickly with new topics;
  • Creativity and openness to new approaches;
  • A high level of competence in oral and written English;
  • Reliability and a high level of motivation;
  • Willingness to travel for work (project meetings, workshops etc.);
  • Capacity for teamwork;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Organisational talent and management skills;
  • Capacity for networking and building a productive scientific network.


  • The position is initially funded for three years but it can be converted to a permanent position after this period of time
    (full-time E13 TV-L position in the first three years, followed by a full-time A13 position after that
    in case of positive evaluation and the fulfilment of official requirements);
  • The possibility to do a qualification as university lecturer (habilitation);
  • Personal development through the LMU qualification program;
  • Support in relocating to Munich through the LMU Gateway service;
  • Support for child care (for example emergency care, holiday programme);
  • A stimulating working environment in a dynamic, ambitious and innovative team;
  • Working in an interdisciplinary milieu, focusing on questions relevant for society, economics and politics;
  • Living in one of the most prosperous cities in Germany, Munich,
    with beautiful landscapes nearby and numerous cultural, sport and leisure events;
  • Workplace health promotion;
  • Theater and culture: special events, discounts and vouchers;
  • Mobility: job tickets and discounted membership with Share Now (car sharing).

We seek to increase the share of women in scientific positions and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Also possible in a part-time capacity.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Please send your full application per Email with the subject “Nexus Complex System Application”,
in one pdf file, before October 15th 2022 to:

Prof. Dr. Marianela Fader
Department für Geographie
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Luisenstraße 37, D-80333 München, Deutschland

For further information or to discuss the position please contact Prof. Dr. Marianela Fader
by phone: +49 89 2180 - 6674 or email:

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