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


Mitarbeiterin / Mitarbeiter (w/m/d) in der Wissenschaft mit Fokus auf langfristige Governance zu sozio-technische Transformationen



Sie arbeiten konzeptionell und empirisch an Erforschungen von Nachhaltigkeitstransformationen im Hinblick auf deren Governance unter einer Langfristperspektive mit. Hierzu führen Sie Literaturanalysen zu Long-Term Governance und verwandten Governance-Konzepten sowie qualitative Analysen exemplarischer Steuerungsmechanismen bei Langfristtransformationen (z.B. Energiewende oder Endlagerung) durch. Die Veröffentlichung der Ergebnisse in Fachzeitschriften sowie die Konzeption, Durchführung und Auswertung von wissenschaftlichen Workshops gehören ebenfalls zu Ihrem Aufgabengebiet.  Zusätzlich zu der wissenschaftlichen Tätigkeit besteht die Möglichkeit einer Promotion.


Deadline: 09.06.23



LeiterIn Forum landschaft, Aplen, Pärke 80%



Für das Forum Landschaft, Alpen, Pärke sucht die Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz (SCNAT) per sofort oder nach Vereinbarung eine Leiterin oder einen Leiter. Das Forum Landschaft, Alpen, Pärke (FoLAP) befasst sich mit dem Themenbereich Landschafts-, Alpen- und Parkforschung. Es fördert den inter- und transdisziplinären Austausch und den Dialog zwischen Wissenschaft, Praxis und Politik.

Ihre Aufgaben

  • Leitung des Themenbereichs Landschafts-, Alpen- und Parkforschung unter der Verantwortung entsprechender Fachgremien der SCNA
  • Leitung eines kleinen Teams
  • Fachliche und administrative Unterstützung der Fachgremien der SCNAT
  • Inhaltliche und organisatorische Weiterentwicklung des Themenbereichs mit dem Ziel einer Positionierung der Thematik im Kontext der Nachhaltigen Entwicklung
  • Aufarbeitung des Stands des Wissens zu spezifischen Themen des Bereichs
  • Erarbeitung von Stellungnahmen, Expertisen und Syntheseberichten
  • Zusammenarbeit und Kontaktpflege mit nationalen und internationalen wissenschaftlichen Netzwerken
  • Pflege des Dialogs mit verschiedenen Ansprechgruppen in Politik, Verwaltung, Praxis und Gesellschaft
  • Organisation von nationalen und internationalen Tagungen
  • Redaktions- und Medienarbeit
  • Planung und Überwachung des Budgets sowie Drittmittelakquisition


Deadline: 09. Juni 2023


Scientist (PostDoc): Research Impact Assessment in sustainability sciences


The mission of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) as a nationally and internationally active research institute is to deliver solutions for an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable agriculture – together with society. ZALF is a member of the Leibniz Association and is located in Müncheberg (approx. 35 minutes by regional train from Berlin-Lichtenberg). It also maintains a research station with further locations in Dedelow and Paulinenaue.

The project FONA Impact is funded by German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to support its FONA (Research for sustainable development) strategy. Its ambition is to develop and pilot test new approaches for the ex-ante assessment of the impacts of research on sustainable development targets. The project consortium includes the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, the PROGNOS AG and ZALF. Starting as soon as possible and limited to a duration of 36 months, we offer a part-time (75%) position as: Scientist (PostDoc): Research Impact Assessment in sustainability sciences.


Deadline: 15. June 2023



Postdoctoral Position in Critical Social Science Literacy for Transdisciplinary Transformative Change Initiatives 80-100 %



We are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher for two years to contribute to our Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) funded project "Translating transformations: Improving transdisciplinary transformative change initiatives by promoting critical social science literacy." The successful candidate will be part of the Space, Nature and Society group (SNS), led by Prof. Dr. Norman Backhaus, in the Department of Geography (GIUZ) at the University of Zürich (UZH). The candidate's immediate supervisor will be Dr. Sierra Deutsch.


Deadline: 31 May 2023


100% Post-doc Position on Urban Metabolism and Digital Twins



We are offering a 100% Post-doc / senior scientist position on Dynamics of Urban Metabolism at the Laboratory for Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS), ENAC, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Currently, more that 50 % of the world’s population lives in cities, and this share is expected to keep increasing, posing growing challenges for sustainable development. Although cities only cover 3 % of the earth’s surface, they account for 75 % of global CO2 emissions, consume about 75 % of resources and produce 50 % of the waste worldwide. However, cities also provide income (80 % of global GDP) and education, and are hotspots for innovation. The ambiguous role of cities poses large challenges and opportunities and renders it necessary to develop tools to assess urban strategies and developments from a sustainability perspective. The HERUS Laboratory focuses on the transition of urban systems towards sustainability. Thereby, we pursue an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together scholars from social-, natural-, computational and technology oriented sciences. The future post-doc will build on and further develop the area of Urban Metabolism, circular economy, and digital twins. He/she will adopt a dynamic perspective, bringing short- and long-term aspects affecting the urban metabolism.


Deadline: June 2023


Summer Academy

Institute for Peace and Dialoge


The 15-day Summer Academy offer lectures and classes via non-formal, interactive and practical methods by the experienced teachers with professional and academic background include the following stated methodologies:

- Interactive teaching based on research and professional experience, illustrated by practical cases

- Lectures through open presentation and panel discussions

- Workplace case studies, situational examples and success stories telling

- Problem solving group works, paired practice discussion/exchange and self/group reflections

- Individual approach, role plays, group presentations and assignments

- Short video film coaching. 


Date: 7 to 21 August 2023

Application Deadline: 30 June 2023


Research Associate with expertise in the area(s) of Social Justice and Applied Data Ethics

Michigan State University


We are looking for a community-engaged scholar-activist with a strong background in data science whose work seeks to advance social justice goals across the advocacy spectrum (including LGBTQIA+, Black, Brown, Asian, Indigenous, and disability justice perspectives and their intersections), or for a data scientist/mixed-methods researcher with strong quant skills who will pursue a research program that supports these goals.


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

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