Application Deadline expired: Job advertisment: (Senior) Researcher (f/m/diverse) Hamburg Sustainability Conference

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.


IDOS is looking to fill the position of a

(Senior) Researcher (f/m/diverse)

part time or fulltime possible (up to 39 hours/week)

German public sector tariff, EG13 or EG14 TVöD Bund

Position No. 2023-GF-01


You will work in a project to conceptualise and implement the scientific preparatory as well as follow-up process of the Hamburg Sustainability Conference, an annual high-level, international and multi-stakeholder conference dedicated to foster the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The first conference will take place in June 2024. Subject to final approval of funds, the position may be filled as soon as possible and will be limited until September 2026.


You will be part of a project team that will conduct research, conceptualise and organise events at the science-policy interface and provide policy advice in the context of sustainable development, including areas such as sustainable finance, circular economy or multilateral cooperation. While the organisation of the annual conference is the responsibility of our partners, the project team at IDOS supports the overall process through scientific accompanying research, incl. drafting policy briefs and analytical reports as well as the organisation of workshops and roundtables. Furthermore, the project team supports the conception of the contents and structure of the conference process together with the other partners organising the conference. The project team will work closely with the partner and member institutions of SDSN Germany as well as the staff at IDOS and its international networks, mobilising their expertise for the conference process.


Qualifications and requirements:

  • a Master and (for the Senior Researcher position) a PhD in one of the following areas: social sciences, including economics, political science, environmental social science or related fields;
  • profound academic expertise and knowledge in at least one of the following areas: sustainability, environment and climate policy, multilateral cooperation, sustainable finance, sustainable trade;
  • proven knowledge in and experience with qualitative or quantitative research methodologies in social sciences;
  • experience in coordinating scientific work across disciplines and geographical spaces;
  • experience in conceptualising and organising scientific and policy-related multi-stakeholder events;
  • experience in providing policy advice;
  • willingness to work in an interdisciplinary, globally dispersed team;
  • proven organisational and communication skills;
  • fluent written and spoken German and English;
  • fluent command of other languages 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” up to 60%)
  • Possibility to use a subsidized Deutschland-Job-Ticket for only €23.28/month;
  • 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


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 Mr. Dr. Axel Berger.


Applications with the position number 2023-GF-01 with detailed documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, one short writing sample, and relevant certificates) must be submitted exclusively via application portal by 6 November 2023.

German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)
Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn
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