- Postdoctoral Researcher
Identifying leverage points to foster pathways towards sustainable coasts
This position at Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) is linked to a newly approved Future Earth working group (see original proposal call here).
Duration: 17 month
Location: New Caledonia with travel to Germany and Fiji
Salary: Will depend on experience, according to IRD grids starting at 2920€ (0-2yrs experience)
Our vision is to create an interdisciplinary knowledge hub on ocean changes related to climate change in small island states to substantially develop transformative understandings of sustainable adaptation pathways. Small island states/ large ocean island states are particularly vulnerable to ocean climate change. Based on the results of the Belmont Forum CRA PACPATH, in this project we focus on the thematic areas related with coastal livelihood: coastal erosion, reef health, and governance in relation with sea level rise, marine heatwaves, ocean acidification and deoxygenation. Those have been identified in a transdisciplinary process as the greatest ocean climate change challenges by Pacific stakeholders. Although many of these challenges have been known for a long time, effective interventions leading to greater sustainability are still lacking. Instead of approaching internationally agreed sustainability goals (e.g., SDGs), we are experiencing a growing gap between the desired sustainable and the actual state of the world. To overcome this discrepancy, new research approaches are necessary. To understand sustainable adaptation pathways in new and creative ways, we will combine three concepts: (1) Leverage points for sustainability transformation, (2) Chains of Leverage, and (3) the newly developed Future Earth Coast framework of Circles of Coastal Sustainability.
We look for a dynamic, reliable and highly motivated PhD graduate with knowledge in the fields of sustainability science, social-ecological systems and sustainability transformation (and/or related areas). The applicant should have a strong interest in leading/guiding a working group and should like conceptualising complex systems. Good writing skills and experiences with writing academic articles are highly beneficial. English language proficiency is required.
A 17-month project, starting summer 2023. We offer an interesting position (100%) in an international, interdisciplinary working group and research groups at the IRD Center in Nouméa, New Caledonia (LEGOS) and the Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock, Germany. The PostDoc will have many possibilities to network with expert scientist in the field of sustainability transformation across the world. Salary and social benefits are provided according to IRD rules.
We promote professional equality between all genders and therefore expressly welcome applications from women. We are further committed to inclusion. Applications from people with severe disabilities are therefore expressly welcome. They will be given special consideration in the selection process.