Researcher Political Sciences/ Fisheries

The Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, one of 14 specialized institutes of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, in Rostock, Germany, invites applications for a reseracher (f/m) for research on governance in the context of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The position is to be filled as soon as possible for the duration of 2 years on a full-time basis (currently 39 hours per week).

The successful applicant will evaluate the processes of transformation in the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) of the European Union. The work should be carried out in close collaboration with researchers at the Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries and the Institute of Sea Fisheries in Hamburg. The aims will be (1) to identify starting points for improvements and to develop recommendations for action, and (2) to improve the interface between science and policy.

In particular, the work will include:

  • Compilation and analysis of the governance system of the CFP (in close collaboration with the Thuenen Institute of Sea Fisheries)
  • Analysis of the fragmentation regarding the national/international jurisdictions, the terrestrial-marine interface, and the fields of fisheries, nature conservation, and marine spatial planning in marine policy
  • Contribution to the ecological, biological, and human (social, psychological) dimension of the CFP with the focus on implementation error and an improved policy design
  • Collaboration in empirical research projects and with the preparation of research proposals in the research fields mentioned
  • Presentation of the project results in presentations and publications, especially in international scientific journals
  • Proactive participation in the development of suitable management approaches in consultation with users, stakeholder groups, managers, policy makers, and scientists of other disciplines
  • Involvement in the establishment of a working group focussing on the social sciences in the Thuenen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

We expect of you:

  • A university degree (M.Sc.) in economic sciences, political sciences, social sciences, environmental sciences, or a related field with marine focus, preferentially with a Ph.D. degree
  • Preferentially experience in relevant neighbouring disciplines, such as qualitative sociological research or socio-economics, and with methodological tools (e.g. interviews), particularly experience in governance research
  • Thorough knowledge of the European marine policy, especially of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) of the EU
  • Knowledge about policy impact assessments, economic and socio-economic evaluation methods and statistical data analyses
  • Creativity, inventiveness, and the ability to work goal-oriented and independently in the project team of the institute, coupled with good cooperative and communication skills
  • Fluency in English, spoken as well as written, is required; the ability to communicate in German is highly advantageous
  • Great flexibility and the preparedness to travel frequently within Germany and abroad

We offer you a highly interesting job in applied research in the interface between science and fisheries management. The results will be of great public interest and deliver the basis for a sustainable management of fish stocks and the marine environment. We offer a well-equipped, modern work environment, a high degree of independence and possibilities for creative development, and interdisciplinary as well as international collaboration.

Application deadline: 09th September 2016

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