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Job offers of the Thünen Institute

Scientist (f/m/d) (forest products markets, project BioSDG)

The Thünen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics of the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, in Hamburg invites applications for a part-time position (75%) in the working area forest products markets as

a Scientist (f/m/d)

as project team member of the joint BioSDG research project funded by the BMBF.

The position is limited to a fixed term until the 31.03.2023 and is to be filled as soon as possible.

The acronym “BioSDG” stands for "Sustainable Development Goals: What contribution does the bioeconomy make?”. The project investigates on how the transformation of the current economy into a bio-based economy can contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and where target conflicts between individual SDGs may arise. The investigation bases on a global scenario analyses carried out by an interdisciplinary model network. The Thünen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics contributes to these efforts with an adapted version of the global wood products market model GFPM (Global Forest Products Model).

Among other tasks, the job holder will focus on the question how different CO2 prices or climate-relevant strategies could affect developments in wood product markets. This requires the modification of individual components or parameters in the GFPM. The job holder gets the possibility to use its working results to pursue the Doctorate. For the doctoral graduation, Thünen Institute collaborates with a number of universities.

The Thünen Institute is a German Federal Research Institute under the auspices of the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) with the mission to develop science-based decision support for policy making and to broaden the scientific horizon of knowledge for the benefit of the common interest. The working area of forest products markets examines national and international developments of the forest products markets and analyze global trade of wood-based products.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Processing of tasks within the joint research project
  • Participation in the development of scenarios within the BioSDG modelling framework and implementation of these scenarios in the adapted GFPM
  • Integration of a CO2 price as well as the impact of climate-relevant technologies (e.g. BECCS) into wood products market modelling
  • Research and analysis of available literature and data
  • Participation in the development of interfaces within the BioSDG modelling framework
  • Estimation of new model parameters
  • Presentation of results at meetings and conferences
  • Writing of scientific publications

Professional requirements:

  • University degree (Diploma / M. Sc.) in Environmental and Bioresources Management or Economics with experience in Forestry and Wood Markets or in Forestry or Wood Products Management or related disciplines with an economic focus
  • Good economic knowledge and knowledge in econometrics
  • Experience in the analysis and treatment of statistical data
  • Knowledge in using (mathematical) simulation models
  • Experience in programming with R and Python
  • First experience in the preparation of scientific publications

Personal Requirements:

  • Flexibility, commitment, capacity and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Goal-oriented and independent way of working
  • Ability to analyze and present complex economic and scientific facts
  • Ability to abstraction and networked thinking
  • Good command of English (written and spoken), German language skills are desirable
  • Willingness to travel on business

We offer the possibility to work in an interdisciplinary and stimulating scientific environment. Our research questions are of high relevance at the intersection between basic and applied forest science and economy. As the professional and personal development of our employees is important to us, the Thünen Institute offers flexible working hours and the possibility for further training and qualification. The employment is governed by the Wage Agreement for Public Services (TVöD-Bund). Remuneration is in accordance with tariff-category 13 TVöD.

The Thünen Institute promotes equality between women and men in the workplace and therefore, expressly welcomes applications from women.

The Thünen Institute feels committed to inclusion. Therefore, applications of disabled persons are highly welcomed. These will be particularly considered.

For further inquiries please contact Dr. Holger Weimar (E-mail:

Preferably digital or written applications in English language (including motivation letter, CV, list of publications, certificates or letters of recommendation, names and addresses of personal references as a single pdf) should be submitted under the key word 2020-081-WF no later than 31.05.2020 to


Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut

Institut für Internationale Waldwirtschaft und Forstökonomie

Dir. und Prof. Prof. Dr. Matthias Dieter

Leuschnerstr. 91, 21031 Hamburg

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