Environment & Society Portal opportunity for Ph.D. candidate

This opening with the Environment & Society Portal may be of interest to doctoral candidates who are in Munich at least 3 days/week.

Environment & Society Portal Research Associate (wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft), Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society is seeking a Research Associate to join our small team working on the Environment & Society Portal, the Rachel Carson Center’s gateway to openly accessible resources on the human-environment relationship. This is a part-time (19h/week) position suitable for Ph.D. candidates. The position starts 15 November 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society is a joint initiative of LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum. Generously supported by the German Ministry for Research and Education, its goal is to further research and discussion in the field of international environmental studies and to strengthen the role of the humanities in the current political and scientific debates about the environment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Project management for the Environment & Society Portal’s virtual exhibitions
  • Correspond with partners and contributors, track projects agreements and image licenses
  • Research, fact-check, edit, and format texts, images, and metadata
  • Prepare materials for publication within the Portal’s content management system


  • M.A. or equivalent in humanities or social sciences
  • Strong general computer skills required; familiarity with social media, some HTML, CMS (e.g., Drupal), and Photoshop experience preferred
  • Familiarity with digital humanities, electronic publishing, and licensing issues
  • Excellent written English; additional knowledge of German and other languages preferred\
  • Ability to work well in a team, to prioritize, and to deliver quality results on a deadline

This 19 hour/week appointment will be made initially for 6 months with the possibility of renewal. Salary will be determined according to LMU compensation for “wissenschaftliche Hilfskräfte.”  The RCC is located in central Munich and offers a culturally diverse and flexible working environment. The working language of the Center is English. Equally qualified disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration. We welcome applications from women.

To apply, please prepare the following as one PDF document: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two reference letters OR names of two references with contact information. Send to Dr. Kimberly Coulter at kimberly.coulter (at) carsoncenter.lmu.de by 22 September 2015 with “RA application” and your full name in the subject line. Interviews will be held at the end of September.

Source: http://www.environmentandsociety.org/employment

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