Senior Researcher / PostDoc (f/m/d) Modelling the built environment for circular and resilient cities and regions

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden is looking forward to fulfil the following position – subject to the final approval of the funding agency – according to the German law on fixed-term contracts in science (WissZeitVG) to be filled from 01.01.2023 onwards:

Senior Researcher / PostDoc (f/m/d)
Modelling the built environment for circular and resilient cities and regions

TV-L E 13, Full time with 40 working hours per week
fixed-term work contract for three years with the option of a permanent working contract

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is a non-university research institute in the field of the spatial sciences and a member of the Leibniz- Association. Our subject is the sustainable development and transformation of cities and regions in the context of the global human-ecological crisis.

Sustainable land use and spatial structure are of particular importance in this context. To answer the related questions, small-scale data, analyses, simulations, scenarios and assessments are needed for research purposes and to support decision-making in various contexts. This is why the IOER plans to develop an integrated IOER Research Data Centre (IOER-FDZ) from 1 January 2023, building on its established research data infrastructures "Monitor of Settlement and Spatial Development (IOER Monitor)" and "Information System Built Environment (ISBE)".

Job description

The holder of the advertised position is expected to contribute to the development of basics for the development of the research data sets as well as advanced methods of data collection, analysis up to the visualisation of results. The position is assigned to the research area “Built Environment - Resources and Environmental Risks” and is at the same time part of a cross-departmental team that builds and operates the IOER Research Data Centre.

The research area investigates the development and use of the built environment (buildings, infrastructures and anthropogenically shaped open spaces) concerning their sustainability. The focus is on materiality, circularity, resilience and environmental risks. References to land use and the influence of spatial structures and processes on the design of a sustainability transformation are of particular importance.

Based on existing data sets, models and tools (such as damage and risk models for floods and heat, as well as cadastres for anthropogenic resources), complementary research data will be generated and new analysis and modelling approaches will be developed. These should be suitable for modelling, simulating, visualising and evaluating the structure and dynamics of the built environment in relation to the above-mentioned thematic foci on the basis of indicators. This should enable circular and resilient futures (scenarios) of the built environment to be designed for selected spatial contexts in such a way that they support the active design of sustainable transformation processes. A cross-scale approach is pursued: from individual buildings to neighbourhoods and cities to regions.

Applicants are expected to submit ideas and activities for the ongoing expansion of the data and tools offered by the IOER Research Data Centre. The results should be published promptly in relevant scientific journals. The advertised position also includes the acquisition of thematically appropriate third-party funded projects as well as the supervision of scientists.

Expected skills and competencies

  • Very good university degree (master's degree, diploma) in an engineering subject related to the topic, e.g. architecture, civil engineering, construction and real estate management, building services engineering, geoinformatics, technical or applied physics, urban planning, environmental/sustainability sciences or a neighbouring scientific discipline,
  • completed doctorate with above-average success and reference to the thematic field,
  • confident handling of databases, geodata processing, spatial analysis tools and building modelling,
  • experience with own peer-reviewed scientific publications,
  • experience in decision support for stakeholders through geoinformatics-based tools is an advantage,
  • independent, structured and creative work, as well as a high level of motivation,
  • strong teamwork and interdisciplinary skills and
  • knowledge of German and English (CEFR level C1 or higher)

We actively support researchers through qualification and career development measures, including continuous mentoring, as well as further training opportunities, e.g. with regard to scientific methods and publications.

We offer

  • Collaboration in a highly motivated, interdisciplinary team in a leading research institute of the Leibniz Association
  • flat hierarchies and opportunities for participation
  • creative and motivating working environment
  • lively social culture and diversity
  • openness and trusting cooperation
  • family justice and flexible working time models
  • equal opportunities (multiple Total-E-Quality certification)
  • career planning and further education opportunities
  • sustainability management
  • job ticket
  •  additional protection through a company pension scheme (VBL)

The place of work is Dresden.

The IOER promotes professional equality between women and men as well as diversity, and is particularly committed to promote family life and professional career. Women are encouraged to apply. Applications are welcome from people with recognized disabilities.

Please send your application (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, diplomas, certificates of employment or references) in the form of a single PDF file as an e-mail attachment, stating the keyword "FDZ-FBR Modelling" by 30/12/2022 to or by post to:

Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung e. V., Personalbüro
Kennwort: FDZ-FBR Modelling
Weberplatz 1, 01217 Dresden, Germany

Your application documents will not be returned, please do not submit original documents.

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  • Application deadline: Dec 30, 2022
  • Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden
  • Research area “Built Environment - Resources and Environmental Risks”
  • Dresden, Germany
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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