Postdoc: MESH Hub, Cologne

05 Apr Postdoc: MESH Hub, Cologne

Postdoctoral Position (f/m/d): MESH hub – Multidisciplinary Environmental Studies in the Humanities

University of Cologne, Germany

The University of Cologne is one of the largest and most research-intensive universities in Germany, offering a wide range of subjects. With its six faculties and its interfaculty centres, it offers a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines and internationally outstanding profile areas, supported by the administration with its services.

Led by Humboldt Professor Kate Rigby, the research hub MESH addresses the social, cultural and ethical dimensions of global environmental change, together with its associated ecological, climate and health crises. Bringing the historical, philosophical, literary, linguistic and cultural anthropological expertise of the humanities into conversation with the natural and social sciences, MESH fosters high-profile research and knowledge exchange across three main areas of enquiry: (1) decolonial cultural ecologies; (2) multispecies conviviality; and (3) disaster preparedness (for further information see:


  • independent academic research in areas of enquiry relevant to the programme at MESH
  • collaboration on MESH’s research activities (conferences/workshops, pu- blications, grant applications)
  • teaching and assessment duties on academic courses at BA and MA-le- vel (2 SWS, i.e. 1 weekly 90-min seminar per semester)
  • administrative duties


  • excellent doctoral degree in a field relevant to the environmental humanities
  • ability to undertake research projects with a high degree of independ- ence
  • keen interest and experience in interdisciplinary research and collab- oration
  • good communication skills, fluency in English (for non-German speak- ers: willingness to acquire proficiency in German within first two years after taking up the post)
  • internationally-visible publications and experience with acquisition of third-party funding desirable


  • a vibrant international and interdisciplinary research environment a diverse and fair working environment
  • support in reconciling work and family life
  • flexible working time models
  • extensive advanced training opportunities
  • occupational health management offers
  • local transport ticket at a discount for UoC employees

The position is available from October 1st, 2022 on a full-time basis (although part-time options can be discussed if necessary). The position is to be filled for a fixed term until 30.09.2026. If the necessary prerequisites required by tariff regulations as well as the sought-after personal qualifica- tions are met, the salary will correspond to the pay grade 13 as specified in the States’Tariff Agreement (TVL).

The University of Cologne is committed to equal opportunities and diver- sity. Women are especially encouraged to apply and will be considered preferentially in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhi- ne-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We also express- ly welcome applications from people with disabilities / special needs or of equal status.

Please apply online at:


  • a Curriculum Vitae and a publication list
  • a one-page letter summarizing your research expertise, interests and motivation for the application
  • a research proposal (max. 3 pages) outlining how your work will relate to one or more of the main research areas at MESH
  • contact information for two academic references
  • proof of the qualification, copies of degree certificates
  • your PhD thesis and up to two other publications (as PDFs).

The reference number is Wiss2203-30.

The application deadline is 15 May 2022.

Interview for shortlisted applicants will take place in late June 2022 (proba- bly via Zoom).

For further information contact PD Dr. Julia Hoydis:

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