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Institution Faculty of Geosciences - Department of Geography
Remuneration group BesGr A13
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. Our group develops knowledge and tools to understand, monitor, and simulate the behaviour, features and evolution of the nexus as a complex system. In this framework, we have designed an area devoted to natural ecosystem science.

We are looking for you:

Researcher in the field of global terrestrial ecosystem services (m/f/x)

in Munich

Your tasks and responsibilities:

  • Quantify the current and future demand or need for ecosystem services (especially regulating, supporting, and provisioning);
  • Quantify and map the current and future supply of ecosystem services (especially regulating and supporting);
  • Identify current and future drivers of change and their quantitative importance for demand and supply,
    including demographic, economic, societal and biophysical changes;
  • Assess the productivity of ecosystem services according to different management options of natural ecosystems;
  • Quantitatively analyse the consequences of anthropogenic degradation of natural ecosystems for ecosystem services
    (including climate change);
  • Study the resilience of natural ecosystems in regards to the stability of ecosystem services;
  • Third-party funding acquisition;
  • Management and guidance in the own group;
  • Writing scientific publications;
  • Teaching and student mentoring.

Your qualifications:

  • PhD degree in Ecology, Biology, Forestry Sciences, Nature Conservation or similar;
  • Strong background in quantitative assessment of ecosystem dynamics, ecosystem services or similar;
  • Post-doc experience of at least two years in an area related to ecosystem sciences;
  • Experience or the ability to quickly get used to work at large scale (global level);
  • Experience or the ability to quickly acquire a good 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.


  • It is a qualification position for a total of six years, with a possibility to do a habilitation (qualification as university lecturer).
    A full-time A13 position for three years and its prolongation for three more years in case of positive evaluation and fulfilment of official requirements;
  • 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 Ecosystem 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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