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Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn: Postdoctoral Researcher

The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn is an international research university that offers a wide range of degree programs. Some 38,000 students and more than 6,000 employees study and work on the foundation of a 200-year tradition. Awarded the status of a University of Excellence, the University of Bonn is one of the leading universities in Germany and enjoys an excellent international reputation.

Starting on the next possible date and preliminarily limited to a fixed contract until 31.12.2025, the project C02 of the CRC-TRR 228 at the Department of Geography is seeking one

Postdoctoral Researcher (100%)

The Collaborative Research Center CRC-TRR 228 „Future Rural Africa. Future-making and social-ecological transformation“ combines expertise from the two Universities of Bonn and Cologne to study newly emerging issues of social-ecological transformation and future-making in Africa. The project C02 explores visions, knowledge production and strategic planning practices related to the Kenyan energy transition.

Your respon­si­bilities:  
  • Conducting empirical research on geothermal development in Kenya and energy systems and strategies in Kenya and other East-African countries.
  • Development of the conceptual and methodological framework on energy transitions in the Global South
  • Publications in Scientific Journals
Your qualifi­ca­­tions:  
  • A PhD in Economic Geography or a related field
  • Empirical research experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, preferably in the field of energy research
  • Lead-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Ability and willingness to travel independently for extended periods of time (field-work in Kenya and other places)
  • Good knowledge of interview and other qualitative as well as quantitative methodologies
We offer:  
  • a varied and challenging position with one of the biggest employers in the area
  • participation in the university-wide pension system (VBL)
  • access to the extensive university sports program
  • an excellent transport infrastructure with the opportunity to obtain a discount­ted employee ticket for public transportation (VRS)
  • a salary based on the 13 TV-L scale
  • An excellent international and interdisciplinary work and research environment to develop your skills in studying conservation and development tradeoffs.
  • The opportunity to enroll in a structured PhD program at the Faculty of Agri­culture (BIGS-Land & Food) or the Center for Development Research (BIGS-DR)

The University of Bonn is committed to diversity and equal opportunity. It is certified as a family-friendly uni­versity and aims to increase the proportion of women employed in areas where women are under-re­­presented and to promote their careers. To that end, it urges women with relevant qualifications to app­ly. Applications will be handled in accordance with the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equality Act). Appli­­cations from suitable candidates with a certified disability or equivalent status are particularly welcome.

If you are interested in this position, please send your complete application documents by 30.01.2022 to crc228@uni-bonn.de with the application code 30.21.331. Before sending your application, please combine and convert all of your documents into one PDF file. For further information please visit

http://www.crc228.de/projects /project-c02-energy-futures or contact Prof. Dr. Britta Klagge, University of Bonn, Department of Geography, Meckenheimer Allee 166, 53115 Bonn, klagge@uni-bonn.de.

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