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W3 Professorship in Forest policy and land-use governance

Institution: Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology
Date of Announcement: 14.09.2023
Application Deadline: 26.10.2023

The Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology at the University of Göttingen is seeking to fill a permanent professorship with civil servant status (grade W3 NBesO) at the earliest possible date:

W3 Professorship in Forest policy and land-use governance (f/m/d)

The professorship represents the field of forest policy in its entire breadth with a strong focus on land-use governance in research and teaching. Research should focus on the analysis of international and national forest and land use policies, their processes and strategies, and their mutual interdependencies. Ideally, the professorship thus contributes to the development of political solution strategies for the protection of forests and sustainable land use. The professorship is expected to establish close collaborations with other departments of the faculty and the university and to actively participate in existing research projects and the establishment of new ones. The professorship shall substantially strengthen the faculty foci on “Sustainable Forestry and Global Change” and “Utilization of Forests and Forest Products”. Methodologically, the focus should be on empirical social science approaches. We are looking for a team player and dedicated person with demonstrated expertise in policy field analysis of international and national forestry, analysis of international land use-related governance systems and processes, trans-sectoral forest-related policy analysis of nature conservation, climate change mitigation, or regional development, and analysis of forest-related development cooperation.

The position entails the following teaching responsibilities: Subject-specific contributions in the bachelor and master programs of the faculty, especially in the master specializations “Forest Conservation”, “Tropical and International Forestry” and “Forest Operation and Utilization”. Due to the international profile of the professorship and the students, some of the courses are to be held in English and German. It is expected that the professorship will actively participate in the further internationalization of the courses offered. The university emphasizes research-oriented teaching.

Preconditions for appointment are laid down in § 25 of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act in the currently valid version. In the case of an appointment to a professorship, junior professors and other members of the University of Göttingen can, as a rule, only be considered for an appointment if they have changed their university after obtaining their doctorate, or have worked scientifically for at least two years outside the appointing university. As a Public Law Foundation, the University of Göttingen holds the right of appointment. Details will be explained upon request.

Applications from scientists and scholars from abroad are explicitly welcome. The University of Göttingen aims to increase the proportion of women in areas where women are underrepresented and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply. The university has committed itself to being a family-friendly institution and supports its employees in balancing work and family life. The university is particularly committed to the professional participation of disabled employees and therefore welcomes applications from persons with special needs. In the case of equal qualifications, applications from disabled persons will be given preference. In order to protect the interests of the applicant, a disability or equal status must be included in the application.

Applications including curriculum vitae, list of publications, and research and teaching concept should be sent to the Dean of the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen no later than October 26, 2023 as a single pdf file (max 8 MB). Please submit these documents electronically:

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