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


Professur für Sinologie mit dem Schwerpunkt modernes China (Open Rank) 

Universität Zürich


Im Zentrum der Ausrichtung des zu besetzenden Lehrstuhls steht die chinesischsprachige Welt, insbesondere die Volksrepublik China und ihre international stark wachsende Bedeutung als politische, kulturelle und wirtschaftliche Akteurin. Die/ der künftige Stelleninhaber:in sollte in der Lage sein, auf der Grundlage hoher originalsprachlicher Kompetenz die gegenwartsbezogene sozialwissenschaftliche China-Forschung in der Schweiz voranzutreiben und in den curricularen Veranstaltungen des Lehrstuhls am AOI auch geisteswissenschaftlich relevante Themen zu berücksichtigen.


Deadline: 10. Mai 2023


Data Scientist

Institute of Law - Center for Legal Data Science (CLDS), University of Zurich


The CLDS is looking for a master student or someone holding a master degree who will support our team in carrying out quantitative analyses, in programming interfaces for the coding process, and in supervising human coders. Furthermore, the data scientist will assist in statistical consulting and lead in-house introductory courses on Data Science.


Deadline: open until filled



Assistant Professor (career track) in Transdisciplinary Science & Technology Studies

 Athena Institute of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 


In this position you need to empirically study and experimentally shape practices of technology development and/or knowledge production. Your research approach should primarily be experimental and collaborative, with the aim of addressing societal challenges regarding participation in science and technology, broadly defined. Your profile should display specific attention to questions of equity. Research at the Athena Institute includes approaches such as STS Making & Doing; Interactive Learning and Action; Reflexive monitoring in action (RMA); and Situated Intervention, that share that issue-articulation and the exploration of solutions are developed in collaboration with a wide range of actors/stakeholders. Although there are no specific requirements regarding topical areas of specialization, candidates need to relate their work to the five research themes of the Athena Institute; Emerging science and technology; (Global) health and well-being; Nature, agriculture and environment; Competency development in inter- and transdisciplinary research; and History of knowledge. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with different colleagues in projects across these research themes.


Deadline: 7 April 2023


PhD position in Technology and Social Change – Research School Just Transitions

Network for Early career researchers in Sustainability Transitions (NEST)


The aim of the Just Transitions research school is to build knowledge and expertise on how to realise a just climate transition in a local context. Through the engagement of seven doctoral projects in municipal and regional processes, knowledge will be developed about the conditions and capabilities required for collaboration, management and governance towards a just climate transition. The PhD project at Linköping University, Tema T, is linked to Linköping Municipality, particularly the division on Environment and Urban Development, which is responsible for driving and coordinating the city’s climate work. The research will also connect to the Climate-neutral Linköping 2030 programme. The transition to a sustainable and equitable transport and mobility system is a potential focus area of the PhD research.

Relevant educational backgrounds for the announced position include social sciences, urban planning, environmental sciences or related interdisciplinary programmes. To facilitate the collaboration with the municipality basic knowledge of Swedish language is required.


Deadline: 24 April 2023


Junior Researcher on Sustainable Biomass Feedstock Supply Chains for Advanced Biofuels

Utrecht University


The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development is offering a 1 year junior researcher position on the geospatial explicit assessment of the cost and greenhouse gas emissions of biomass feedstock supply chains for advanced biofuel production in the European Union. This vacancy is part of the recently awarded project “Sustainable biomass feedstock supply chains for advanced biofuels”. The project aims to develop country specific cost-supply curves of biomass feedstock supply chains and GHG balances of advanced biofuel production pathways up to 2050 in a joint consortium with TNO.


Deadline: 07 April 2023


Mitarbeiterin / Mitarbeiter (w/m/d) in der Wissenschaft Fachbereich Geistes- oder Sozialwissenschaften

KIT - Karlsruher Institut für Technologie


Sie arbeiten Forschungsfragen zur Wirkung von Reallaboren theoretisch auf und zeichnen hierbei „Erwartungsdiskurse“ von Stakeholdern zu Bürgerdialogen sowie zur nachhaltigen Wirkung von KIT-Reallaboren nach. Des Weiteren führen Sie Evaluationen und vergleichende Analysen von partizipativen Forschungsformaten wie z.B. Realexperimente und Formate mit Bürger*in-Beteiligung durch. Ein weiterer Schwerpunkt ist die Konzeption, die Anwendung und die Weiterentwicklung eines Tools zur Impactmessung partizipativer Formate insbesondere von Bürgerdialogen und Reallaborforschung. Hierzu identifizieren Sie relevante Akteure im KIT, entwickeln Kriterien zur Impactmessung und führen empirische Erhebungen durch. Die Veröffentlichung von Ergebnissen in wissenschaftlichen Journal-Artikeln gehört ebenfalls in Ihr Aufgabengebiet.


Deadline: 3. Arpil 2023


PhD in social sciences on the energy transition in Switzerland

ETH Zürich


The Transdisciplinarity-Lab (TdLab) at the Department of Environmental Systems Science (D-USYS) offers a rich and lively learning environment. Our research and teaching cross disciplinary boundaries and are organized in close collaboration with colleagues from different disciplinary backgrounds and stakeholders. The Group “Cultural Studies of Science” (CSTS), in which this position is embedded, is a dynamic team investigating methods and theories for transdisciplinary research. You will study collaborative energy cases between modelers and SSH in Switzerland to identify successful practices. You will work in close collaboration with research partners and a diverse group of stakeholders. 


Deadline: 14. April 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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