PhD position in the project “Austrian bioeconomy futures: Limits to green growth”

Project Assistant without doctorate
With its 4,300 employees and 32,500 students, the University of Graz provides an exciting and varied work environment. Due to our research and teaching competence we are a central institution for guaranteeing that Styria remains a research and education location.
The Institute of Environmental Systems Sciences is looking for a Project Assistant without doctorate up to 30 hours a week; fixed-term employment for the period of three years; position to be filled as of March 1st 2023)

Job specification
• Conducting independent and cooperative research as part of the project “Austrian bioeconomy futures: Limits to green growth” (BELOW)
• Realizing empirical studies including data collection and data analysis according to the project specifications with the aim to publish and present relevant results
• Organizing project meetings and stakeholder workshops

Professional qualifications
• Completion of an eligible master degree, e.g., in
o forestry, agricultural or environmental sciences, preferably with a specialization in economic aspects of the field of study, or
o economics, preferably with a specialization in forestry-related, agricultural, or environmental aspects
• Demonstrated ability to use a programming language for data analysis or modelling (e.g., Python, R, Matlab)
• Knowledge of project-relevant research methods (input-output analysis, system dynamics modelling, econometrics) desirable
• Very good command of English (German being an advantage)

Personal profile
• Ability to work independently in an applied research context
• Personal and social competences to work in interdisciplinary teams
• Willingness to travel within the project region
• Motivation in working scientifically and motivation to do and finalize a PhD in environmental systems sciences

The project
Four distinct bioeconomy transition pathways are currently envisioned, aiming at fossil fuel substitution, primary sector productivity, new and efficient uses of biomass, and low-bulk high-value applications. Using Austria as an example, BELOW assesses the potential of each transition pathway to reduce anthropogenic environmental stress while contributing to economic growth. Limits to growth will be systematically investigated along physical, technological, economic and socio-political dimensions.

Salary scheme of the Universitäten-KV (University Collective Agreement): B1

Minimum salary
The minimum salary as stated in the collective agreement and according to the classification scheme is EUR € 2.294,00 gross/month (30 hours a week). This minimum salary may be higher due to previous employment periods eligible for inclusion and other earnings and remunerations.
We offer you a job with a lot of responsibility and variety. You can expect an enjoyable work climate, flexible work hours and numerous possibilities for further education and personal development. Take advantage of the chance to enter into a challenging work environment full of team spirit and enthusiasm for your job.

Application Deadline: 31 January 2023
The University of Graz strives to increase the proportion of women in particular in management and faculty positions and therefore encourages qualified women to apply.
Especially with regard to academic staff, we welcome applications from persons with disabilities who meet the requirements of the advertised position.

If you are interested, please submit your application documents (letter of motivation, CV) within the stated deadline to:
For further Information you can contact Dr. Asada ( or Prof. Stern (

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  • Application deadline: Jan 31, 2023
  • University of Graz
  • Inst. of Environmental Systems Sciences
  • Graz, Austria (Europe)
  • PhD and Postdoc Positions
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