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Robert Bosch Junior Professorship Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources, 2018, Germany

Publish Date: May 03, 2017

Deadline: May 14, 2017

General description

Many of earth's natural resources are dwindling. Their exploitation creates an ever increasing pressure on the global ecosystems. As environmental degradation continues inter- and transdisciplinary approaches are necessary to tackle these global challenges. With the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship we seek to contribute to a better standing of the emerging field of sustainability science in Germany.Each year we invite applications for the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship "Research into the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources" granting up to one million euros for an outstanding young researcher based at a German university or research institute.Over a period of five years we support his or her applied research project which concerns the sustainable use of natural resources. We expect that research results contribute to the solution of urgent environmental problems and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) formulated by the United Nations.Scientists of all nationalities are welcome to apply. Research approaches may be based in the humanities, the social or the natural sciences. The research should focus on developing and emerging countries. If the applicant so wishes, the foundation may support him or her in negotiating a tenure track option at the host institution.

Candidate profile

:: excellent doctorate degree, completed no more than 5 years prior to the application deadline of 14 May 2017 (adjusted for documented parental leave)

:: compelling independent past scientific achievements and publications in peer-reviewed journals

:: international research experience

:: excellent proficiency in English

:: non-German applicants should be prepared to learn German.


The successful applicant will be awarded a grant worth up to 1 million euros for a five-year period, in order to set up a research group in a German research institution or university. The funds can be allocated flexibly towards covering the candidate’s and personnel salaries as well as towards meeting research costs such as equipment, travel or consumables. If the successful applicant is interested in a tenure track position, the Robert Bosch Stiftung will support him or her in negotiations with the host institution. The host institution is expected to contribute at least 10 per cent of the Foundation’s total funding (including contribution in kind).

How does the Foundation make its selection?

All applications are evaluated by an international committee of experts, chaired by Professor Joachim von Braun, Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at Bonn University. Eligible applicants will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

:: scientific qualification and potential, reflected in previous research as well as in proposed research,

:: originality and potential for innovation,

:: strategic relevance of the proposed research for the future of the respective research field in Germany,

:: international experience and network,

:: proven capability to work in an international research environment,

:: potential to obtain a leading position in his or her research field and

:: relevance for the developing world

Members of the Advisory Board and the selection committee:

  • Professor Dr. Joachim von Braun (Chair)
    Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn
  • Professor Dr. Stephan Dabbert
    President, University of Hohenheim
  • Professor Dr. Anita Engels
    School of Business, Economics and Social Sciences, University of Hamburg
  • Dr. Inge Paulini
    Secretary-General, German Advisory Council on Global Change
  • Professor Dr. Lucia Reisch
    Department of Management, Society and Communication, Copenhagen Business School
  • Professor Dr. Ortwin Renn
    Scientific Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam
  • Professorin Dr. Martina Schäfer // Dr. Gabriele Wendorf
    Scientific Management, Center for Technology and Society, Technical University of Berlin
  • Professor em. Dr. Paul L.G. Vlek
    Center for Development Research, University of Bonn

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