The Institute for Environmental Systems Research of the university of Osnabrück has an opening for a


PhD Research Position (VergGr. BAT IIa/2)


for a duration of 2.5 years, starting January  2004.


The successful candidate will be responsible for research on the assessment of sustainability of water resource management in two EU projects, Sustainability A Test and WASAMED (WAter SAving in the MEDiterranean). Sustainability A Test will make an inventory of the state of the art in tools and techniques to assess the sustainability (environmental, economic, social) of resource management practices and environmental policies. WASAMED is a network investigating water saving practices in the Mediterranean.


The tasks will comprise the comparison of different approaches for sustainability assessment with specific emphasis on water management practices in agriculture. Of major interest are quantitative sustainability indicators, analyses of conflicting interests in social networks and tools for the participatory assessment and implementation of new strategies to achieve sustainable water management.


Candidates should hold a degree in an interdisciplinary field such as resources management, system science, environmental economics, geography or related. Experience in integrated water resources management and sustainability assessment will be of advantage. The challenging tasks require flexibility and the willingness to collaborate in an interdisciplinary and dynamic team. You will find an excellent working environment and the possibility for exchange in a number of ongoing national and European projects on water resources management.


Applications for the position should be directed until the 30.11.2003 to Prof. Claudia Pahl-Wostl ([email protected])), Chair for resource flow management, Institute for Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrück, Albrechtstrasse 28, D-49069 Osnabrück.

The university is an equal opportunity employer. Women are especially encouraged to apply.