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Institution Faculty of Geosciences - Department of Geography
Full-time / Part-time Part-time (5-10 hours/week)
Start date As soon as possible (initially six months with a possible extension)
Application deadline 2024-07-31

About us:

The research group around the chair for human geography (Human-Environment Relations) at the Department of Geography works on risk, adaptation and transformation in the context of environmental hazards, climate change, urbanization and other dimensions of global change. The section develops, tests and imparts inter- and transdisciplinary methods for the assessment of future development paths and risk trends as well as for the multi-criteria evaluation of potential strategies for fostering sustainability and transformation, particularly in cities and newly urbanizing areas. While pursuing a global perspective, the section’s empirical research is particularly focused on Asia, Africa and Europe. Next to fundamental research, the section is keen to deliver scientific knowledge that is of high practical and policy relevance and provides decision support. The section therefore collaborates closely with decision makers and stakeholders from the local to the global level, e.g. urban administrations, United Nations programs and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

We are looking for you:

Student Assistant for support within diverse research projects (m/f/x)

in Munich

Your tasks and responsibilities:

  • Collection and curation of secondary data (statistics, reports, literature etc.)
  • Reference management
  • Qualitative and quantitative data extraction/coding of primary and secondary research outputs
  • Preparation and post-processing of workshops and meetings

Your qualifications:


  • Bachelor in geography or a related discipline such as spatial planning, political sciences, economics, sociology, ethnology, or other social sciences
  • Experience with literature search engines/databases (e.g., Web of Science, Scopus) and reference management (e.g., EndNote, Citavi, Zotero)
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Very good knowledge of English language

 Desirable additional assets:

  • Experience with MAXQDA
  • Experience with SPSS or R
  • Experience with ESRI ArcGIS or QGIS
  • German language skills


Joining our team, you will be working within exciting research projects dealing with the climate change impacts and adaptation pathways. The team you will be joining is an international as well as interdisciplinary team. The appointment will be for initially six months; an extension is possible.

We encourage students to set thematic focus areas during their studies and support research-related theses resulting from the student assistant activities in our team.

Applications from suitably qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged.

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


Interested applicants should submit their applications by e-mail to Dr. Jan Petzold ( Applications shall be compiled into one PDF document and include a short cover letter (max. one page) and CV. Question might be addressed via the above-indicated e-mail address.

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