[SPSP-members] Job offer at MCC Berlin

Martin Kowarsch martinkowarsch at web.de
Thu Jun 7 05:08:04 CDT 2012

I would greatly appreciate if you could circulate the job announcement 
in your organization and networks, and in particular forward it to 
candidates you consider suitable for these job profiles. Thank you very 

MCC job offer for one PhD student (philosophy of science, etc)
[ http://www.mcc-berlin.net/en/jobs.html ]

The Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change 
(MCC) is seeking a highly talented and motivated PhD student interested 
in working in an interdisciplinary environment that explores uncharted 
scientific and policy-related territory. Moreover, MCC will strongly 
support two additional PhD students in winning a scholarship.
The mission of MCC is to create and advance theory as well as policy for 
sustainable governance of global and local commons and climate change. 
Research is driven by policy relevance and is regularly 
interdisciplinary in nature. MCC is a joint initiative of the Stiftung 
Mercator and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
MCC is unique in organizing its research efforts around the production 
of assessment reports. Based on excellent research, these reports will 
analyze alternative future pathways for the governance of global commons 
and the associated critical tradeoffs faced by society.

Research Tasks

The MCC Working Group “Assessments and Scientific Policy Advice” (ASP) 
seeks one PhD student to advance research on one of the following two 
areas. In addition, MCC will strongly support two additional PhD 
students in winning a scholarship in these fields of research:

1) Towards a science of assessment-making: Meta-study of assessment 
reports at the science-policy interface
Scientific assessment processes and reports enable structuring 
scientific knowledge and science-policy interactions. At the same time, 
assessments face serious challenges in providing reliable, 
well-communicated, and policy-neutral but policy-relevant aggregation of 
scientific knowledge. The task for the PhD student is to develop a 
theoretical and normative framework for assessment-making and its 
evaluation. This will particularly involve analyzing and evaluating 
previous assessment reports, but also reflecting existing or developing 
novel models of the science-policy interface. Results of this research 
shall inform and improve future MCC assessments processes.
The successful candidate has a strong interest in interdisciplinary 
research and features a background in political sciences, sociology or 
philosophy. Ideally, this is combined with a basic understanding of 
natural sciences, engineering or economics. Experience in science-policy 
interaction and related research is an asset.

2) Political philosophy of commons
The concept of commons is inextricably linked to normative and ethical 
questions pertaining legitimate ownership, access and control of natural 
and social resources and infrastructures. The task for the PhD student 
is to contribute to the development of a theoretical and normative 
framework for the governance and regulation of global and local commons. 
Important issues in this area include political philosophy and 
democratic theory, sustainability and stewardship concepts, and 
multi-level governance across different regions.
The successful candidate has a strong interest in interdisciplinary 
research and ideally combines a background in political philosophy with 
a basic understanding of economics (esp. game theory), political 
sciences or sociology.

Suitable candidates will hold an excellent Master's Degree (or 
equivalent) in one of the disciplines mentioned above. The successful 
candidate is able to demonstrate the potential for excellence in 
research in the above-mentioned research areas. She or he has a good 
command of written and spoken English, is highly motivated, open-minded 
and willing to work as a team player in an interdisciplinary context.

Salary for the PhD position is according to E13 TV-L (50 % position, 3 
years). MCC is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to 
achieving workforce diversity.
The desired starting date is September 2012. Early applications are 
strongly encouraged as applications will be evaluated on an ongoing 
basis until the position is filled.
The application should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, 
copies of university certificates (indicating all taken courses and 
grades), relevant publications, and one academic letter of recommendation.
Please send applications via email to Dr. Christian Flachsland at 
christian.flachsland at mcc-berlin.net

More information on MCC and the Working Group "Assessments and 
Scientific Policy Advice" is available on our website 
(www.mcc-berlin.net). MCC is just starting its operations.

Kind regards,
Martin Kowarsch, Co-Head of MCC Working Group on "Assessments and 
Scientific Policy Advice" (ASP)
martinkowarsch at web.de

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