Job offer: Research Associate (m/f) – (Mobile Solution Theater: Visualization)


For our research project “Bridging the Great Divide in Sustainability” we are offering a post in visual design and user interface development for the development of a Mobile Solution Theater for participatory decision making. Deadline: 19.2.17


Job offer at the Faculty of Sustainability, starting in February 2017, for a duration of one year and 10 months, EG 13 TV-L (50%)

Leuphana University Lüneburg (foundation under public law), Faculty of Sustainability, is offering a post as:

Research Associate (m/f) – Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in,
salary group EG 13 TV-L (50%)

For more information visit the website of Leuphana University

– Mobile Solution Theater: Visualization (MST2)–

Starting approximately February 2017, for a duration of one year and 10 months. The position is part of a Sustainability Science Project funded by the State of Lower Saxony and the Volkswagen Foundation entitled:

Bridging the Great Divide –

Linking High-performance Modeling and Transition Experiments to Foster Transformational Change Towards Sustainability

About the project

Sustainability challenges threaten the long-term viability and integrity of societies around the world. While the theoretical understanding of these challenges continues to grow, solutions are far less developed. In response, sustainability science has been developing a research agenda that focuses on evidence-based solutions that are scalable and transferable. Yet, there is still a significant gap between understanding complex challenges and contributing to context specific solutions. This project aims to build additional capacity at Leuphana University of Lüneburg to bridge the divide between (i.) modeling and understanding of complex sustainability problems (often on a global scale), and (ii.) developing and evaluating contextualized solution efforts (often on a local scale). Focusing on specific topics (water, land-use, and climate change challenges including mobility), this project aims at combining two prominent approaches: high-performance computational modeling and transition experiments. Combining these two approaches and supporting interdisciplinary collaboration across the related academic communities while building on disciplinary excellence defines the agenda for a future cluster of excellence, for which a proposal shall be developed as part of the project. This will also be a major leap towards bridging the knowledge-action gap in sustainability science. Three specific components of the project beyond the two approaches are (i) the establishment of a “Mobile Solution Theater” as a further development of existing Decision Theater Concepts, to facilitate linking transition experiments with high performance computational modeling; (ii) further development of innovative, research based teaching-learning environments embedded in the overall setup of the project and (iii) a critical reflection of the epistemological foundations of sustainability science as well as the specific approaches utilized in this project. For details, see

About the job – (MST2):  Mobile Solution Theater, Visual/Graphic Designer

This position focuses on the visual design and user-interface design of the Mobile Solution Theater at Leuphana University Lüne-burg.
Furthermore all research associates will contribute to the development of a larger grant proposal for a Cluster of Excellence and will engage in research based teaching formats related to the project.
This position is one of up to eight research associate positions within the Bridging the Great Divide project. You will be expected to work closely within the research consortium, including the other research associates and five Principal Investigators.

Person specification

Essential selection criteria:
a)    PhD, equivalent doctoral degree or proven research expertise;
b)    Solid publication record relative to opportunity;
c)    Conceptual skills in sustainability science or related fields;
d)    Ability and willingness to work in a large, multi-disciplinary research project;
e)    Willingness to spend longer periods of time at partner institutions abroad, in particular, at Arizona State University, USA
f)    Expertise in the design of different types of visuals for participatory processes in virtual settings;
g)    Ability to organize and coordinate the technical implementation in visualization facilities;
h)    Good team working skills

Additional desirable selection criteria:
a)    Experience in transdisciplinary projects

Leuphana University Lueneburg is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering heterogeneity among its staff. Disabled applicants with equal qualifications will be given priority consideration. We are looking forward to receiving your application.

To apply

Please address all selection criteria under clearly labelled headings in up to one short paragraph for each. Please also send a motivation letter stating why you are interested in the position, a CV (including publications), copies of relevant certificates and transcripts, and the names of up to three academic referees.

Application deadline: 19 February 2017

Please submit all materials (preferably in PDF format as a single merged file) with the subject “Bridging_MST2_2017” to

Leuphana University Lüneburg
Personalservice – Corinna Schmidt
Subject: Bridging_MST2_2017
Scharnhorststr. 1
21335 Lüneburg

Files should be named with the applicant’s surname (e.g. Smith_Bridging_MST2_2017.pdf).

For any questions about the project and the job, please contact Prof. Dr. Daniel Lang () or Prof. Dr. Arnim Wiek ()

For more information on the Bridging the Great Divide project, please visit .


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