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Natural Scientist, Agricultural Economist as Team Leader - Food Security, Horticulture (m/f)

The Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) aims for excellence in horticultural research and related plant and environmental sciences. The IGZ has sites in Großbeeren (close to Berlin) and Erfurt, and is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL). IGZ conducts strategic and international research for sustainable production and use of vegetables and ornamentals, contributing to healthy nutrition, human well-being and the conservation of natural resources. At IGZ, researchers from the different areas of science work together across disciplines.
Horticultural plant systems can have a high relevance for the economic development process in low and middle income countries. The high labour demands and the high value added in the vegetable and ornamental sectors offer above average opportunities for employment creation and poverty reduction. Horticultural activity offers a unique opportunity to strengthen both income and food security for smallholder farmers. Moreover, people displaced by conflict and instability can turn to garden production to supplement incomes and diets. Small scale vegetable production by women can also help re-dress traditional gender norms. At the same time, vegetable and ornamental crops are important elements of national and global value chains and play an increasing role in organic and fair trade production systems. Combining biological and economic knowledge can then help to build horticultural production systems which make a sustainable contribution to socio-economic development.
In this context, we are starting a project on
Food security and nutrition in areas of conflict - the role of home gardens and local horticultural production
To lead this project, we are looking for a
Team leader (senior economist)
Reference number: 05/2015/D
(Salary and benefits are according to public service regulations in Germany, EG 14 TV-L, salary domain Ost, 100% of the regular working time. Employment will be initially for two years.)
The successful candidate will
  • lead the project and its team
  • interact with partners and collaborators
  • make grant applications in the subject area
  • publish project results
  • set up a strategy to integrate development economics into the IGZ portfolio
We expect
  • a doctoral degree in (agricultural) economics, agricultural sciences, agricultural biology, horticulture, food sciences or equivalent
  • an excellent academic record (including international peer reviewed publications)
  • long-term experience in international economic development, in particular at the micro level
  • knowledge on horticultural production systems and processes
  • willingness to engage in multi-discipliary research
  • excellent English and German communication skills
  • additional language proficiency is an advantage
We offer
  • a demanding job in an interdisciplinary environment
  • an attractive workplace in the Berlin area
Interested candidates should send a CV, a one-page statement of research interests and experience, copies of high-school and academic certificates and the names of two referees. Selection process will start immediately until the position is filled.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Eckhard George (033701 78 131; george@igzev.de, www.igzev.de).
IGZ is an equal opportunity employer. Handicapped people with equal qualifications will be employed and trained preferentially.

Please send your application under information of the reference number to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online to personal@igzev.de.

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Please send your application under information of the reference number to: Personalbüro, Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Theodor-Echtermeyer-Weg 1, D-14979 Großbeeren or online to personal@igzev.de

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
Group/Team Leader
Work experience
jobexperience is required
Germany (Brandenburg)
Working place
14979 Großbeeren
Area of expertise
Agricultural Sciences, Biology & Life Sciences