Jobs

General structure

The RTG is generally organized in cohorts of 36 months per cohort. The first cohort started 1 September 2021. The job openings for the second cohort of PhD students will be around early 2024. The starting date of the second cohort will be 1 September 2024. We have no open positions scheduled in the meantime. However, we welcome PhD students and Postdocs with own scholarships (e.g. from DAAD) who are interested and qualified to work on topics related to Sustainable Food Systems. The starting date for these scholarship positions is flexible, i.e. could be any time. For details on the different categories please see below.

Postdoc position - Call for applications - 10 November 2022

We have a position opening for a postdoctoral researcher to join the RTG 2654 "Sustainable Food Systems", funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The position should be filled as soon as possible with a limited contract of three years. The salary is, in accordance with the German public service, scale E13 TVL (100%). This is a qualification position for junior researchers pursuing an academic career after the PhD degree. The position is focused on research and has no regular teaching obligations.
For more details, please see below.

Open positions - Application deadline: 10 November 2022
Please take a look at the job announcement and the FAQ pages regarding the position and procedure here:


  • We currently have no opening for funded PhD positions. The job openings for the second cohort will be around early 2024, and the starting date of the second cohort will be 1 September 2024.
  • However, we welcome PhD students with own funding such as scholarships (e.g. from DAAD) who are interested and qualified to work on topics related to Sustainable Food Systems. Please see below for details.


  • We currently have no opening for funded PhD positions. The job openings for the second cohort will be around early 2024, and the starting date of the second cohort will be 1 September 2024.
  • We welcome PhD students with own funding such as scholarships (e.g. from DAAD) who are interested and qualified to work on topics related to Sustainable Food Systems. Note that you should have an outstanding Master’s degree (or equivalent) in food and agricultural economics, development economics, general economics, sustainability studies, (food) marketing, or related social sciences disciplines, strong analytical skills, experience with relevant statistical methods, proven interest in topics related to sustainable food systems, strong computer skills, and excellent command of the English language. We also expect SustainableFood members to be active team players in the RTG.
  • If this is the case, you have to contact the professor individually and directly with whom you would like to work, not the coordination office. Please take a look at the professors involved as principal investigators and their subprojects within the RTG.

    Recommended documents for PhD students with own funding: The following documents and information are recommended if you have your own scholarship and plan to work on topics related to Sustainable Food Systems. We recommend to submit them as a single PDF. Only after having found a professor who has agreed to become your supverisor, your supervisor can start the process to integrate you into the RTG.

    • Motivation letter (max 400 words), indicating your specific interest in the RTG and highlighting your personal strengths for the position.
    • Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications (if any) and experience with statistical software.
    • Full academic record (Certificates + Transcript of record of Bachelor and Master degree. or equivalent). Provide a copy of the original and an English translation if documents are not in English or German. If the Master program is still ongoing, provide an overview of grades.
    • Certificate and Transcript of record of final secondary-school examination (A-Level, Abitur, European Baccalaureate or equivalent, high school leaving certificate, or alike).
    • Proof of English language skills: certificate (if language of instruction at university was other than English) or provide explanation (if language of instruction at university was English). The University accepts the following proofs: www.uni-goettingen.de/en/107150.html.
    • Abstract (max 250 words) of last thesis written (Bachelor or Master or equivalent), including thesis title.
    • One recent writing sample (for example working paper, full thesis).
    • Names and full contact details (incl. phone and email) of two academic reference persons.


The application period for the four open positions for student research assistants has ended on 17 July 2022. The screening process has ended. However, we always welcome spontaneous applications. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file in English language and include

  • CV (including information on knowledge of statistical and other software and languages) in English
  • A cover letter emphasizing relevant skills, experiences and interests (in English) with student's availibility in terms of monthly working hours
  • Transcript of records (for Bachelor students: of ongoing program; for Master students: of completed Bachelor and ongoing Master program)

For more details on required skills and tasks see the announcement. Only students currently enrolled in a Bachelor or Master program in Göttingen in subjects related to the RTG topics qualify as applicants. It is not possible to do a PhD on such a position.


RTG 2654: Sustainable Food Systems

Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Meike Wollni

Vice Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Tobias Plieninger


Coordination Office
Dr. Melanie Grosse
Heinrich-Düker-Weg 12
D-37073 Göttingen
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 20202
Email: mgrosse@uni-goettingen.de