Job ad: Student assistants in the project ‘GOVERNECT’

The Research Group Governance, Participation and Sustainability (Prof. Newig) is seeking to appoint

student research assistants (studentische Hilfskräfte)

to support and participate in the DFG-funded research project

GOVERNECT: Governance of Environmental Sustainability
in Telecoupled Systems of Global Inter-Regional Connectedness.

A contract will initially be offered for 3 months, with a monthly volume of 30 to 80 hours, starting as soon as possible, with possible extension.

About the Project

Problems of ecological sustainability arise not only ‘locally’ or ‘globally’ but also due to specific interconnections between distant regions. GOVERNECT studies how such globally ‘telecoupled’ systems are – and should be – governed (see Next to one in-depth case study (Brazil-Germany soybean trade), we conduct a comparative case study involving a larger number of cases of telecoupling, including governance responses.

About the Job

Your job will be to support research in the comparative case studies. An important aspect of the job will be to systematically search the academic literature, to identify and catalogue information, and to provide preliminary analysis in English. With support and training, you will assist in cataloguing and understanding available secondary and primary literature (academic articles and documents) on the case studies. You will independently code case study accounts, identifying relevant information in published texts. Moreover, for each case study, you will assist in identifying the relevant actors and mapping the breadth of possible interconnections and governance responses.

Person Specification

This job will be ideal for a student of political science, geography or environmental / sustainability science, with a motivation to be involved in interdisciplinary research. You are interested in researching environmental impacts of globalization and governance. Ideally, you will have the following skills:

  • Ability to use your initiative, but also to recognize when to ask!
  • Fluent English (oral and written).
  • Ability to search for information within secondary and primary literature, and keep careful records of results.
  • Ability to quickly and precisely identify specific information in case study publications
  • Ability to create filing or cataloguing systems for documents and their preliminary analysis
  • Reliable and organized approach to work.

To Apply

For any questions about the project and the job, please contact Prof. Dr. Jens Newig ( or Dr. Benedetta Cotta ( (in English). To apply for the position, please send a CV (including Abitur grades and a recent transcript of records) and a short motivation letter in English to Dr. Benedetta Cotta (

There is no deadline for applications. However, the post(s) will be filled as soon as suitable candidates have been found.