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Research Associate (m/f) in Evaluation Methodologies and Climate Change Communication

Hochschule Rhein-Waal - Faculty of Technology and Bionics

Location: Kleve - Germany
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent, Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th November 2018
Closes: 20th December 2018
Job Ref: 14/F1/18

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort, Germany, offers an innovative and international academic atmosphere combined with first-rate teaching and over 30 interdisciplinary bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes, the majority of which are taught in English. Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is committed to excellence in research in engineering, technology, the natural and social sciences, and is home to some 7,000 students hailing from over 100 different nations. 

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is located in the scenic Lower Rhine between the economic hub of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolis and the Netherlands. Its central European location ensures that both campus locations are easily accessible via three international airports: Amsterdam (Schiphol), Düsseldorf and Weeze. 

We are currently inviting applications for the following vacancy in the Faculty of Technology and Bionics, Kleve Campus, to be filled by 01st February 2019 or as soon as possible: 

Research Associate (m/f) in Evaluation Methodologies and Climate Change Communication

German TV-L pay scale level EG13, fixed-term contract until 31st may 2022 with 80% of the average weekly hours of the full-time equivalent according to § 2 Abs. 2 (WissZeitVG)  

Your tasks:

  • Self-reliant coordination of a work package in an international research project on communicating sustainability and climate change
  • Conceptualisation and application of evaluation methodologies in the area of Public Engagement with Science and Innovation
  • Support exploitation and transfer of project results (reports; patenting, regulatory affairs, media relations)
  • Support CPD and teaching in Science Communication
  • Methodologically (co-)supervise science communication research theses and projects
  • Develop research proposals and manage collaboration in research and teaching

Your profile:

  • Finished social science PhD, ideally about a science communication topic, otherwise from a similar field such as sociology, information science or STS etc.
  • Ideally five years of pertinent work experience in evaluating science communication activities, ideally in the domain of sustainability/natural conservation
  • Expertise in and experience of triangulation of qualitative and quantitative social science research methods, incl. inferential statistics
  • Experience of Tableau, SPSS and MAXQDA or equivalent
  • Good skills in work administration and organisational, including basic IT skills such as MS Office, CMS and social media
  • Very good language skills in English (min. C1 CEF)
  • Ideally three years of teaching experience in tertiary education, specifically on evaluatory/methodological issues, ideally with references to and applications in science communication
  • Experience in grant-writing and research project management 

Further information about the research group:, and the degree programme:  

Rhine-Waal as an international University does not require but recommend basic knowledge of German, e.g. for administrative purposes. Hence, new employees are expected to acquire a basic level of German (B1 CEFR) within the first two years of their employment. 

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is committed to the professional development and advancement of women. Female candidates are expressly welcomed and encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Gender Equality Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz NRW), in cases of equal suitability, aptitude and professional experience, female candidates shall be given preferential consideration over male candidates for vacancies in areas with proportionally fewer female employees, provided there are no specific, overriding reasons for giving preference to a specific male candidate. 

In the event of equal suitability, preferential consideration will also be given to disabled candidates or candidates recognised as such by virtue of Section 2 (3) of the German Code of Social Law, Book IX (SGB IX). 

Please send your application to: until 20th December 2018.    

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