[Coral-List] PhD position in marine governance at ZMT Bremen

Dr. Sebastian Ferse sebastian.ferse at zmt-bremen.de
Fri Jun 20 04:57:02 EDT 2014

Dear listers,


A new PhD position is available at ZMT Bremen/Germany from September on.
Please distribute to potential candidates.


Kind regards,




Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH

(Leibniz-ZMT GmbH), Bremen 




The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) GmbH in Bremen is a
member of the Leibniz Association, which is supported by the German Federal
and State Governments. Through its research, Leibniz-ZMT GmbH contributes to
developing science-based strategies for sustainable use of tropical coastal
systems ( <http://www.zmt-bremen.de> www.zmt-bremen.de). In the frame of the
project ‘Resilience of Pacific Island coral reef social-ecological systems
in times of global change (REPICORE)’, a


PhD position in marine governance (Reference number 6)


is available as of September 1, 2014. The project is an interdisciplinary
approach that includes collaboration with international experts and partners
from the region. It combines social and natural sciences in the conception
and implementation of the project to achieve a more holistic understanding
of coupled social-ecological systems. It examines marine resource use and
coastal livelihoods across three Melanesian countries (Papua New Guinea,
Solomon Islands and Fiji) in conjunction with field assessments of reef fish
and benthic communities and meta-analysis of secondary data. The overall aim
is an improved understanding of social-ecological feedbacks that erode or
strengthen coral reef resilience and identify potentials for including
information on social-ecological resilience in coastal governance by drawing
on formal and non-formal management institutions.


Position description: Governance for the sustainable use of coral reef


This work focuses on identifying feasible governance structures that
contribute to the sustainable use of coral reef resources by addressing and
mitigating negative social-ecological feedbacks and leading to sustainable
human-nature interactions. Towards this end, field research will examine how
governance structures in Melanesia respond to environmental and
socio-economic changes. It will address which kind of management
arrangements are most likely to function under, and respond to, the current
changes, and support desirable social-ecological dynamics. This examination
will also consider the different local and national frameworks for marine
management and differences in governance effectiveness in the three study
countries. The position is offered in collaboration with Dr. Shankar Aswani
of Rhodes University/South Africa and Dr. Joshua Cinner of James Cook
University/Australia and is co-supervised at the ZMT by Prof. Dr. Achim
Schlüter. Requirements: Candidates must hold an MSc or equivalent degree and
must be willing and able to work extended periods of time at remote
locations with limited infrastructure. Previous experience in the field of
marine governance, particularly in the South Pacific, as well as with
interviews of government stakeholders is desirable. Good communication
skills, knowledge of Tok Pisin/Pijin and/or Fijian and the proven ability of
good scientific writing are additional assets.


Application: To apply, please indicate the above mentioned reference number,
send a motivation letter including research interests, a complete CV with
list of publications and skills, copies of relevant certifications and names
with email addresses and phone numbers of two referees in a single pdf-file
to I. Sanz Jannke ( <mailto:bewerbung at zmt-bremen.de>
bewerbung at zmt-bremen.de). Appointment is for a duration of three years, with
an earliest starting date of September 1, 2014. The salary for the position
is according to the German salary group TV-L 13 for half-time positions. The
Leibniz ZMT GmbH is an equal opportunity employer. Disabled persons with
comparable qualification receive preferential status. Closing date for
applications is July 16, 2013 or until qualified candidates are identified.
Only short-listed candidates will be notified.


For further information, please contact: Dr. Sebastian Ferse,
sebastian.ferse at zmt-bremen.de

(ZMT) GmbH, Fahrenheitstr. 6, 28359 Bremen, Germany, Tel.: +49(0)421 23800




Dr. Sebastian Ferse



Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenökologie (ZMT) GmbH Leibniz Center 

 for Tropical Marine Ecology Fahrenheitstrasse 6

D-28359 Bremen



Phone: +49-421-238 00 28

Fax: +49-421-238 00 30

Mobile: +49-1577-237 9259

e-mail:  <mailto:sebastian.ferse at zmt-bremen.de>
sebastian.ferse at zmt-bremen.de


Sitz der Gesellschaft: Bremen

Registergericht: Amtsgericht Bremen

Handelsregister Nr. HRB 25746 HB

Steuer-Nr. 460/145/09737

USt.-IdNr. DE 266278207


Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrates:

Dr. Walter Dörhage



Prof. Dr. Hildegard Westphal


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