PostDoc position on trade, carbon emissions and land-use change


Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F)


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Start Date

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is a member of the Leibniz Association and is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. SGN conducts natural history research with almost 800 employees and research institutions in six federal states. Within SGN, the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F) explores the interactions between biodiversity, climate, and society.

In the context of the DFG funded project “Consumption-based accounts of land-use change related carbon emissions – CoBALUCE”, the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung invites applications for a PostDoc position (m/f) Trade, carbon emissions and land-use change (100%).

Globally, areas under agricultural and forestry use are still expanding. International markets increasingly drive this expansion, which constitutes a major cause of carbon emission and biodiversity loss. Investigating how consumption in one place is telecoupled to production and its impacts elsewhere is paramount to devise more sustainable production and consumption systems. The project investigates ways to establish consistent global production- and consumption-based accounts of carbon emissions related to deforestation and other land-use changes. These emissions will be attributed to biomass products (food, feed, materials, energy). The project is conducted together with the Institute of Social Ecology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna. The position at SBiK-F will be at the interface of ecology, geography and economics. The candidate will focus on advancing methods to capture production, trade, and consumption of biomass products and to attribute land-use change and environmental impacts to different consumption activities.

Contact Name

Dr. Thomas Kastner

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