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The Museum für Naturkunde - Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science is an excellent and integrated research museum within the Leibniz Association. Its activities cover and tightly link the fields of collection-based research, development of collections and public engagement with science.

Founded in 1810, the Humboldt University of Berlin (HU) is one of the leading German universities. As a full university with over 33,000 students, it combines research excellence with innovative promotion of young talent. Its international networks, interdisciplinary research collaborations and progressive teaching concepts characterize Berlin as a science location. The HU is one of eleven universities of excellence in Germany

Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of the largest corporate foundations in Europe. In its charitable work, it addresses social issues at an early stage and develops exemplary solutions. To this end, it develops and implements its own projects. It also supports third-party initiatives that fit in with its goals. The Robert Bosch Stiftung is active in the fields of health, science, education, civil society, and international understanding and cooperation. Since its establishment in 1964, Robert Bosch Stiftung has spent some 1.8 billion euros on its charitable work.

Position: Head of Berlin School of Public Engagement and Open Science (f/m/div)
work schedule: Full time (39 hours and 24 minutes per week)
Duration: at the next possible date, limited until 31.12.2022
Pay category: E 13 TV-L
reference number: 33/2020

Project description

The Berlin School of Public Engagement and Open Science is a joint project of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Robert Bosch Stiftung. Embedded in the Science Campus for Nature and Society, which the Museum für Naturkunde and Humboldt-Universität will build in the coming years, the School of Public Engagement and Open Science will be a center where science is brought into society and where science benefits from social participation. The aim is to create a publicly visible place where new practices of exchange between science, society and politics can be tested and communicated. Open science should become part of the education and training of scientists and students at Berlin's most important scientific institutions.

The aim of the three-year pilot phase is to firmly establish the Berlin School of Public Engagement and Open Science as an institution of the partners and to develop a basic range of continuing education and practical modules in the field of Open Science and Public Engagement that can be used by academic and civil society institutions.

Field of activity:

  • Management of the pilot phase of the Berlin School of Public Engagement and Open Science
  • Development of an overall scientific concept for the Berlin School of Public Engagement and Open Science
  • Identification and analysis of training and further education needs in the field of science communication and Open Science for different target groups (students, scientists at different career levels, actors from politics, business and civil society)
  • Development, test and evaluation of further education and practice modules based on scientific analysis (e.g. modules in the areas of Citizen Science, policy consultancy, Open/FAIR Data)
  • Development of a sustainable financing model within the framework of the strategic development of the joint science campus of MfN and HU and the acquisition of further partners
  • Cooperation with committees and partners


  • Completed studies in the humanities, social or natural sciences, doctorate desired
  • very good specialist knowledge and proven experience in the fields of science communication and public engagement and their current developments in theory and practice
  • very good knowledge of Open Science and related fields and discourses
  • proven, several years of experience in setting up and managing collaborative projects, especially with different stakeholders from science, civil society and politics
  • sound experience in project management
  • business fluent English
  • strong conceptual skills, initiative, communication skills

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    In support of equal rights applications from qualified women are particularly welcome. Handicapped individuals will be given preference in cases of identical qualifications.

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