The University of Kassel is a modern and growing University with round about 23.000 students. The university’s wide range of expertise covers subjects in the natural, applied, cultural and social sciences.

University of Kassel, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, Section of International Agricultural Policy and Environmental Governance

Research Assistant (m/f/d), EG 13 TV-H, fixed-term and part-time position (currently 26 hours per week)

Application deadline:


Date of hire:


vacany number: 36745

Part-time position with 65% of the working hours of a full-time employee. This is a fixed term-position of 36 months as part of the project “The role of nature for human well-being in the socio-ecological system of Kilimanjaro” - subproject: “Water governance and institutional fit as drivers of provisioning of nature’s contribution to people (NCP)” (§ 2 Abs. 1 Satz 1 WissZeitVG). The opportunity to do a doctorate is given.


  • Research and doctorate in the sub-project “Water governance and institutional fit as drivers of provisioning of nature’s contribution to people (NCP) in social-ecological systems” of the DFG (German Research Foundation) project (research group) KiLi-SES “The role  of nature for human well-being in the Kilimanjaro Social-Ecological System (Kili-SES)” at the University of Kassel, Department of International Agricultural Policy and Environmental Governance and under the overall project management of the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center.
  • Preparation of scientific publications based on research and within the duration of the employment
  • Cooperation within the project, especially when quantitatively analyzing cross-project land use related survey data
  • Field study in Tanzania (Kilimanjaro)
  • Contribution to teaching of the section on environmental governance


  • Excellent degree in the social sciences (political science, geography, sociology, economics, sustainability science, environmental sciences, agricultural economics, etc.). The degree required for this position must have been obtained by the starting date at the latest.
  • Expertise and interest in researching the role of governance and institutions in socio-ecological systems (agricultural systems) in the Global South (Tanzania).
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken; Knowledge of German is an advantage
  • Relevant experience with and/ or interest in quantitative and qualitative research methods (social network analysis, econometrics, semi-structured interviews)
  • Suitability for the tropics
  • Ability to work in a team with great own initiative
  • Flexibility and willingness to work in Tanzania for a longer period of time


  • Research experience in the Global South
  • Good knowledge of institutional approaches, social-ecological systems approaches, and environmental and resource economics, water research
  • Interest in conceptual work
  • Interest in method development and interdisciplinary work
  • Experience in working on joint projects
  • Teaching experience

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Andreas Thiel, Tel.: +49 561 804-1241.

Our Offer:

As an employee of the University of Kassel

  • you will be offered an interesting and diverse range of tasks within the framework of a modern and ambitious university,
  • you will be part of an interdisciplinary team with a good and collegial working atmosphere,
  • you will have the opportunity to participate in professional and interdisciplinary further education measures,
  • your workplace is centrally located in the city of Kassel with good public transport connections, which you can currently use for free.

In addition, you will benefit from the advantages of employment in the public service such as:

  • an additional company pension (VBL),
  • an optional child supplement in accordance with TV-Hessen, a family-friendly university (including childcare for emergencies),
  • an annual bonus
  • an entitlement to capital-accumulation benefits,
  • a promotion of voluntary commitment,
  • low-cost participation in university sports and a full range of fitness activities as part of Unifit, as well as workplace health management

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Please send your application with the usual informative documents, stating the reference number in the subject line, via the online form. We have compiled further information for you in our FAQ.

In exceptional cases, we will also accept your application documents in paper form addressed to: The President of the University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel, Germany, or via mail to bewerbungen[at]uni-kassel.de, stating the reference number.

In the case of postal applications, please submit only copies of your documents (no folders), as these cannot be returned. All documents will be destroyed after completion of the selection process in compliance with data protection regulations.

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The University of Kassel is very interested in the professional satisfaction of its employees. It is distinguished as a family-friendly university and, in the interests of equal opportunities, strives to offer everyone the same opportunities for development and to counteract existing disadvantages. It promotes the Family Welcome Service and also the Dual Career Service for positions that are scientifically and academically filled. One of the strategic goals of the University of Kassel is to significantly increase the proportion of women in research and teaching. Applications from women are therefore particularly welcome. Seriously handicapped and equivalent applicants are given preference if they have the same suitability, qualifications and professional performance. Full-time positions are generally divisible (except when filling civil servant positions). Applications indicating the Position Number, which may be in digital form, should be sent to the President of the University of Kassel, 34109 Kassel, Germany quoting the applicable reference number.

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