Network for Transdisciplinary Research

Our contribution to address complex societal challenges: We link scientific communities, support transdisciplinary careers and promote the development of competencies and methods.

Jobs & fellowships


Postdoktorand:in im Projekt Jurapark Aargau als Reallabor Nachhaltiger Entwicklung

ETH Zürich


Das Transdisciplinarity-Lab (TdLab) führt transdisziplinäre Lehre und Forschung in verschiedenen Themenbereichen der Nachhaltigen Entwicklung durch und entwickelt die transdisziplinäre Lehre und Forschung weiter.

Die-Stelle umfasst den Aufbau und die operative Leitung des Reallabors, in enger Zusammenarbeit mit der Projektleitung (ETHZ, WSL, Jurapark Aargau). Konkrete Aufgaben sind:

  • Transdisziplinäre Problemstrukturierung
  • Unterstützung beim Aufbau eines Netzwerken aus lokalen Akteuren und Forschenden
  • Entwicklung von Methoden
  • Konzeptionelle Entwicklung eines Prototyps für Reallabore in regionalen Naturpärken.
  • Bekanntmachung der Erkenntnisse über wissenschaftliche Kanäle


Social Researcher

James Hutton Institute


This researcher will contribute to the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme 2022 – 27 (specifically looking at digitalisation in diversified farm businesses) and two European Horizon 2020 projects. The H2020 MOVING project began in 2020 and runs to 2024, with the objective of understanding how mountain value chains can contribute to the sustainability and resilience of mountain regional development. The James Hutton Institute is one of the 23 regional partners contributing a case study on Speyside Malt Whisky; and leads the participatory value chain analysis as well as the youth engagement task. The H2020 MERLIN project began in 2021 and runs to 2025, with the objective of mainstreaming aquatic restoration as a Nature-based Solution delivering the EU’'s Green Deal Goals.  The James Hutton Institute leads the transformation work package and supports the delivery of stakeholder engagement at the local, regional and European levels.


Deadline: 20 October 2022


Wissenschaftlicher Projektkoordinator (m/w/d)

Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt


Das Bayerische Foresight-Institut (in Gründung) beschäftigt sich mit technologieorientierter Zukunftsforschung sowie mit den damit verbundenen wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Interdependenzen. Mensch in Bewegung (MiB II) ist eine themenoffene Plattform für gesellschaftliche Innovation und Transformation in der Region Ingolstadt auszubauen.


Deadline: 20. Oktober 2022


PhD position in “Valuing water for sustainable, equitable, efficient, and resilient water allocation”

University of Twente


The specific focus of your PhD project is to develop a conceptual framework, including its constituent approaches and indicators, to express the economic and societal value of water. You will draw insights from both literature on various societal, economic, and environmental value assessments and valuation techniques, as well as expectations and needs of local stakeholders. You will apply and validate your frameworks in the context of the two case study river basins in Central Asia, using quantitative data on green and blue water footprints of water-using activities in conjunction with socio-economic data. You will work together with other project partners and local stakeholders to co-design alternative water allocation strategies that capture currently overlooked social and environmental costs and benefits provided by the water resources. Moreover, you will translate these alternative allocation strategies into a serious game tailored to the local context, to be played with end-users in the region. Beside the clear policy relevance of your work, this PhD project has strong potential for ground-breaking scientific research, particularly in improving our understanding of the multiple values of water in a real-world setting and in identifying trade-offs and synergies between sustainable, equitable, efficient, and resilient allocation of water under climate change.


Deadline: 15 October 2022



PhD positions for project "Innovating Methods for Open Science in Qualitative Management Research"

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Are you interested in studying various forms of interorganizational collaboration through innovative, collaborative, qualitative research approaches? Would you like to be part of a transformation of qualitative research in management and collaborate with renowned national and international qualitative management scholars? Please apply for a PhD position at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam's KIN research group.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is offering two fully funded, four-year PhD-positions on new methods for a more open and collaborative approach to qualitative research in management research. These are part of the NWO funded project “OPEN-QUAL: Innovating Methods for Open Science in Qualitative Management Research”.


Deadline: 7 October 2022


PhD Student in Agricultural Economics

ETH Zurich


Research and teaching of the Agricultural Economics and Policy Group at ETH Zurich, led by Prof. Dr Robert Finger, is working at the interface of agricultural sciences and economics. We are looking for a PhD student with a background in agricultural economics. You will conduct research on farmers’ integrated pest management decisions in European agriculture. Furthermore, you will work on the project entitled Supporting the uptake of integrated pest management and low pesticide use (SUPPORT), financed by the programme HORIZON Europe. You are going to conduct and analyse European-wide surveys in the context of farmers’ uptake of integrated pest management practices. In the project, you are collaborating with interdisciplinary researchers from 10 European countries.


Starting Date: January 2023
Deadline for application: 30 October 2022


PD Researcher, Urban Ecology and Biodiversity, Insitute of Urban and Regional Studies

University of Helsinki


Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies is seeking a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in Urban Studies with a focus in Urban Ecological Research. The goal of the Institute is to enhance our understanding of global urban challenges facing Nordic Welfare States. The postdoctoral researcher will benefit from a novel research environment that emphasises scientific rigor, collaboration with cities and the pursuit of excellence in science and teaching. The close co-operation between the University of Helsinki, Aalto University and the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa will provide a unique working environment in the heart of a changing and developing capital region. The  appointee will be working in close interaction with the cities.


Deadline: 11 October 2022


Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

Economic and Social Research Institute


The ESRI has an active climate and energy economics research group. Research projects are conducted by the Energy Policy Research Centre (EPRC), and these projects include a multi-annual research programme and a climate research programme centred around the development and application of the Ireland Environment, Energy and Economy (I3E) model for policy evaluation ( Academic collaborations are ongoing with researchers from Irish and international institutions. Our researchers also have strong collaboration and engagement with industry stakeholders, the government departments and agencies responsible for energy/climate-related topics, and the energy regulator.


Deadline: 4 October 2022


Dozent*in (Tenure-Track zur Professur) für Social Innovation/Entrepreneurship



  • Drittmittelfinanzierte Forschungs- und Beratungsprojekte im Bereich Sustainable Business mit Fokus auf Soziale Innovation eigenständig akquirieren und leiten
  • Mit Ihrer Expertise und Ihrem Engagement einen aktiven Beitrag beim Aufbau und der Analyse von sozialen Netzwerken sowie bei der Weiterentwicklung und Positionierung des Instituts Sustainable Business leisten
  • Innovative Lehr- und/oder Weiterbildungstätigkeit am Departement Wirtschaft spezifisch im Bereich Nachhaltigkeit und Soziale Innovation betreiben
  • Unsere Bestrebungen zu einem zukunftsorientierten Wandel der Wirtschaftswissenschaften unterstützen


Deadline: offen bis besetzt


Researcher - Collaborative for Emerging Infectious Diseases and Response

Tufts University - Tisch College


Tufts’ Collaborative for Emerging Infectious Diseases and Response (CEIDR) seeks a Researcher to support a transdisciplinary research (TDR) project on an infectious disease, probably monkeypox. In TDR, a team from a range of academic disciplines and community members contribute to the research. The mission of CEIDR is to develop integrative and transdisciplinary research efforts to study emerging pathogens and design equitable responses to improve health and social outcomes and mitigate the negative impacts of infectious diseases. In this instance, Tufts students enrolled in a special course will play a significant role in the TDR project.  


Deadline: open until filled



Established Researcher for Transdisciplinary Teaching and Research in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

ETZ Zurich


The full-time position consists of approx. 50% teaching, 40% research and 10% services. In terms of content, the focus is on transdisciplinary agricultural sciences or at the interface of transdisciplinary agricultural and environmental sciences.


Deadline: 31 October 2022


Post-doc/Senior Researcher on Policy-Science Interface and Transdisciplinarity

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)


The HERUS Laboratory engages itself in the transition of urban systems towards sustainability. Thereby, we pursue an inter- and transdisciplinary approach, bringing together scholars from social-, natural- and technology-oriented sciences. You will build on and further develop the area of Policy-Science Interface and Transdisciplinarity, as a key component of transitions towards sustainable urban systems. You will bring in theoretical and practical knowledge on transdisciplinarity and support in building the links between science and policy in the transition fields addressed.

Main duties and responsibilities include :

  • Responsibility for research on policy-science interface and transdisciplinarity mostly in the energy sector (including support in proposal writing)
  • Research in collaboration with the research team, the ENAC faculty, and potential city partners
  • Link to the TD initiatives in Switzerland and beyond
  • Support PhD students and MSC students in the area of qualitative social science, e.g., WS design, interview design.
  • Teaching in sustainability assessment of urban systems


Start Date: November 2022



Open Rank Tenure-Track Faculty Position: Artificial Intelligence, Data, and Public Governance

The Ohio State University


The John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University seeks a scholar and teacher whose interdisciplinary work explores how existing and emerging information technologies can serve or undermine the public interest, and whether or how they should be governed. This position focuses on the use of data in management and policy making, as well as the governance of data and data use. Both public and private sector organizations increasingly use data, data science, AI, and other emerging technologies to inform their operations and decisions. This development can enable greater access, agility, responsiveness, and insight.  But it also poses threats to privacy, fairness, equity, and accountability and can give rise to unintended consequences. Realizing the benefits, and addressing the threats, requires rethinking governance, management, law, and policy. This faculty member, working at the frontier of public interest technology and science/technology policy, will join the Translational Data Analytics Institute (TDAI) and will enhance the Ohio State University’s major investments in information technology, digital trust and cybersecurity, AI/machine learning, and data governance.


Post-doc Researching a Convergence Research Team

Appalachian State University


This two year position (located in the Blue Ridge Mountains) is directly funded as part of a 9-university NSF Science and Technology Center called Science and TEchnologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS). The post-doc will collaborate and receive team guidance from a faculty team with a range of expertise, including Integration and Implementation Sciences (I2S), sociology and law, and education research, with direct access as well to the entire Center's faculty, staff, students and facilities. 


Deadline: open until filled


Program Director - Integrative Activities Section

National Science Foundation


The NSF Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) is seeking applications for an open rotator (IPA) position related to convergence research programs (Science and Technology Centers (STC) and Growing Convergence Research (GCR)). OIA works across disciplinary boundaries to lead and coordinate strategic programs and opportunities that: advance research excellence and innovation; develop human and infrastructure capacity critical to the U.S. science and engineering enterprise; and promote engagement of scientists and engineers at all career stages.

The Program Director will be working with a second, experienced program officer to co-manage the Cross-cutting, Collaborative Research portfolio. The Program Director will contribute to developing new activities and new funding opportunities within this portfolio and to the merit review process for new proposals. They will also provide oversight of existing awards in the portfolio, including organizing or coordinating progress reviews. The programs in this portfolio are conducted collaboratively with teams of program officers from across NSF. The successful applicant will work with counterparts across NSF, as well as with other OIA team members, in developing collaboration and cooperation across the Foundation, supporting partnerships among academic and other research stakeholders, and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the research enterprise. This IA Program Director position is an unparalleled opportunity to ensure NSF-funded activities are at the forefront of advancing research and education.


Deadline: open until filled


Chair on “Major Societal Changes”: Impacts and ethical dimensions of environmental transition and/or artificial intelligence

Sorbonne University - Paris IAS


In partnership with Sorbonne University, the Paris Institute for Advanced Study is offering one 10-month fellowship or two 5-months fellowships for high-level international researchers in the social sciences and humanities during the academic year 2023–24 (from September 1st 2023 to June 30th 2024).

The Sorbonne University – Paris IAS Chair gives a researcher the possibility to work on an innovative project advancing knowledge on the societal impacts and ethical dimensions of major, global changes, more specifically:

  • the environmental transition;
  • digitalization and the development and diffusion of algorithms and artificial intelligence.

The laureate.s will benefit from the outstanding work conditions and the scientific environment of the Paris IAS, and will collaborate in priority with Sorbonne University’s research teams and Interdisciplinary Institutes.


Deadline: 4 October 2022


Teaching and research professorship in Sustainability Management

IMC University of Applied Science Krems - Department of Business


You will be teaching in German and English in your area of expertise in our study programmes (Bachelor and Master) in Krems and abroad. You will be conducting applied research projects and supervise Bachelor and Master theses projects. Working with the team, you will engage the community and will be cultivating contact with regional and international partners to contribute to extending and strengthening the network, and to have an impact on the society.


Deadline: open until filled

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