Our Mission: Discovering and describing life and earth - with people, through dialogue.

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.

Position: researcher with project management (m/f/d)
work schedule: 100% of the regular weekly working time, this is equivalent to 39 hours, 24 minutes in a week
Duration: as soon as possible, limited to 31. August 2023, Third-party funding
Entgeltgruppe: E 13TV-L
reference number: 83/ 2020

The BMBF-funded project "Lost objects, regained nature – Towards the collection of the Anthropocene", initiates a collection of the Anthropocene as a joint project with the Natural History Museum in Paris. The project aims at rethinking the social and cultural dimensions of natural history collections. In dialogue with society, new, hybrid forms of knowledge about nature and our interaction with it will be explored and created. The development of a collection of the Anthropocene will start very practically: with a Citizen Science approach, the partners will develop a Franco-German digital collection on generational environmental amnesia. Cultural testimonies and documents will be collected, allowing a reconstruction of the often forgotten stories of European biodiversity and its cultural significance. At the same time, an interdisciplinary scientific debate on the opportunities, limits and methods of a collection of the Anthropocene will be initiated, originating particularly in the type of objects as both cultural and natural testimonies.


  • Analysis, reflection and conception of a collection of the Anthropocene at natural history museums and the MfN in particular
  • Analysis, conception of methods and development of research questions on the basis of the digital collection on generational environmental amnesia, which is built up with a Citizen Science approach
  • Analysis and strategic planning of Franco-German cooperation on the Anthropocene and Citizen Science, in particular a joint web platform
  • Project management, strategic planning and international networking
  • Communication of the project: publication in scientific journals, presentations at scientific conferences, conception and evaluation of workshops and innovative participatory events


  • university degree in biology, environmental anthropology, information sciences, cultural sciences, social sciences, dissertation desired
  • profound knowledge in several of the following areas: human-nature relationships, conceptual, theoretical or interdisciplinary approaches to the Anthropocene and related concepts, (digital) collection-based research, qualitative and quantitative social science research methods, Citizen Science
  • very good knowledge and experience in international research cooperation, especially German-French cooperation
  • very good knowledge and experience in international research cooperation, especially German-French cooperation
  • very good knowledge of project management and science communication
  • knowledge of natural history research museums, development of web platforms and research data management
  • excellent skills in German and English (written and spoken), skills in French desirable

    Special Notes:

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

    We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, certificates) by 02.12.2020, preferably via our online application portal.

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