Application Deadline expired: Postdoc/Senior Researcher (f/m/diverse) Environmental Governance

Application Deadline expired.

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.


For work in two research projects on just energy transitions, IDOS Research Programme “Environmental Governance and Transformation to Sustainability” is looking for a


Postdoc/Senior Researcher (f/m/diverse)

Full time 100%, 39 hours/week

German public sector tariff, EG14 TVöD Bund

Position No. 2023-C-02


The position may be filled as soon as possible and is limited to 31 December 2025.


The ClimEQ consortium project funded by Swedish Agency FORMAS aims at analysing causes and consequences of policy coherence between climate change, reducing inequality and other SDGs and to provide tools to identify synergies and make transparent trade-offs in different socio-economic and political contexts. In the context of the project, the Postdoc/Senior researcher will further the development and dissemination of the online tool NDC-SDG Connections and contribute to empirical case study work on multilevel governance for just energy transitions.


In its current phase (2023-2025), the Klimalog project funded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) focuses on analysing multilevel climate governance and policies of international cooperation that strive towards a climate-resilient and ecologically sensitive just transformation. The postdoc/senior researcher will contribute research and policy advice on just energy transitions and NDC implementation as supported by German and European development policy and corresponding partnership approaches for coal phase-out. The working time will be split equally between the two projects. 


The position is aimed at a postdoc/senior researcher with prior experience in climate and energy governance who wishes to deepen research on just energy transitions and interactions between climate actions and the SDGs, and engage in research-based policy advice.


Qualifications and requirements:

  • Masters degree and a completed PhD (PhD thesis at least submitted) and very good grades in political science, international relations, human geography, institutional economics or related social sciences (thesis at least submitted);
  • Proven research experience on multi-level climate and energy governance in the global and multilateral context and/or on the interactions between climate and energy policy and the 2030 Agenda/SDGs;
  • Strong skills in qualitative research methods and good command of Excel / a data analysis tool;
  • Affinity to (develop skills to) visualize data and work on digital tools;
  • Interest in translating research into policy advice, prior experiences are an asset;
  • Research or work experience in developing countries, on the European Green Deal and/or with EU external cooperation are assets;
  • Eagerness to work in interdisciplinary teams and good communication and organisational skills;
  • Fluent written and spoken English. Good command of German and/or French is an asset.
  • 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”).
  • Participation in research and policy advice activities in an experienced team.
  • Possibility to use a subsidized job ticket and a good connection to public transport.
  • Trainings for further professional development.
  • Company pension scheme with the VBLU.
  • Many more social and monetary benefits.


The 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. Gabriela Iacobuta (


Applications with the position number 2023-C-02 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, academic certificates, references if available) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 26 February 2023. The expected date for interviews is 20 March 2023.

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