Job advertisment: Researcher (f/m/diverse)

The German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) is one of the world’s leading research institutions and think tanks for global sustainable development. It contributes, through research, policy advice and training, to finding answers to global questions affecting our future.

IDOS Research Programme “Environmental Governance and Transformation to Sustainability“ is looking for a

Researcher (m/f/diverse) - Position No. 2023-C-03
Full time 100% (39 hours/week)
Salary from € 52.700 p.a. up to € 61.800 p.a.
German public sector tariff, EG13 TVöD Bund


The position, located in Bonn, Germany, may be filled as soon as possible and is limited to 31 December 2025.

The researcher will contribute research on environmental justice dimensions related to restoring ecosystems and Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in the Klimalog project funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In its current phase (2023-2025), the project focuses on analysing multilevel climate governance and policies of international cooperation that strive towards a climate-resilient and ecologically sensitive just transformation. The researcher will explore i. the environmental justice implications generated or reinforced by restoration NbS; ii. the genesis of the NbS concept and of its epistemic community; iii. the applicability of socio-environmental safeguards to and their effects on NbS. In addition to conducting research, the position will offer opportunities to engage in policy advice based on research findings and to build and consolidate networks.


Qualifications and requirements:

  • A completed Master degree with excellent grades in human geography or other related social sciences with a focus social-ecological interactions; a PhD with good grades is an asset;
  • Prior exposure to and a strong interest in political ecology and environmental justice, prior experience is an asset;
  • Strong training in qualitative research methodologies in social sciences;
  • Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following issue areas: Nature-based Solutions, Forest Landscape Restoration and Ecological Restoration, social and environmental safeguards, Free, Prior and Informed Consent FPIC and right-based conservation, the interaction between global environmental governance and (sub)national transformation strategies, the Global Biodiversity Framework and the Bonn Challenge; knowledge on the Paris Climate Agreement is an additional asset;
  • Research or work experience in the Global South on environmental conservation/restoration is a strong asset;
  • Prior scientific publications are an asset;
  • Prior experience with and interest in policy advice is an asset;
  • Experience in preparing third-party funding proposals is an asset;
  • Eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary team; proven ability to work independently; and good organizational and communication skills;
  • Excellent English skills (spoken and written) are mandatory; good knowledge of German, Spanish or French are assets;
  • Willingness and aptness to travel abroad, including countries with a tropical climate („Tropentauglichkeit“).


We offer:

  • Flexible working hours with a weekly working time of 39 hours (100%);
  • Possibility of mobile working (“Homeoffice” up to 60%);
  • Possibility to use a subsidized Deutschland-Job-Ticket for only €23.28/month and good access to public transportation;
  • Special annual payment in accordance with TVöD Bund;
  • Up to 30 days annual vacation plus 6 days company vacation;
  • Trainings for further professional development;
  • Company pension scheme with the VBLU;
  • Many more social and monetary benefits.


IDOS offers an inspiring, family-friendly working environment at the interface of research and policy advice, with ample opportunities to engage in international discussions, political processes and scientific debates.


In the case of equal qualification, physically challenged persons will be given preference. We want to promote the diversity of our employees and would like applications from women, men and diverse people.


For further questions, please contact Dr. Jean Carlo Rodriguez de Francisco (


Applications with the position number 2023-C-03 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, relevant certificates and reference letters) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 20 August 2023. The expected date for interviews is 13 September 2023 (tbc).

German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn
Telefon +49 (0)228 94927-0, Telefax +49 (0)228 94927-130