For over ten years, the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in the Lower Rhine region of Germany has provided an innovative, interdisciplinary and international education to young minds from around the world. We offer a total of 36 undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in four multidisciplinary faculties: Technology and Bionics, Life Sciences, Society and Economics, and Communication and Environment. Our scientifically-oriented degree programmes combine an applied academic approach with a broad international scope into a high-quality education that emphasises teaching and research with real-world relevance. 75% of our degree programmes are taught in English as well. Over 7,300 students from 122 different countries are currently pursuing their degree in our uniquely international and intercultural campus community. International collaboration is a strength of ours, seen and felt in our network of over 90 partner universities in 38 countries. Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is not only connected to the larger world, but also deeply rooted in its Dutch-German EUREGIO home as well.

The "Sustainable Food Systems" Research Centre unites a group of scientists at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences to carry out applied, interdisciplinary research on sustainable food systems in close cooperation with national and international research groups, business enterprises and civil society stakeholders. The research topics lie at the interface of agricultural, life, engineering and social sciences. Current research projects address, for example, the spread of antibiotic resistance genes, ecosystem services of silvopastoral systems in the Cerrado region of Brazil, and the development of adapted agroforestry systems in the Lower Rhine region.

Join our team and help strengthen our university in the faculty of Life Science, Kleve Campus, at the earliest possible date as a

Research Associate and Coordinator of the "Sustainable Food Systems" Research Centre

 Reference Number 03/F2/23

German TV-L pay scale level EG 13 | fixed-term contract until 25 October 2025 according to § 14 Abs.1 S.2 Nr.3 (TzBfG) | part time with 50% of a full-time position.


  • Coordinate the administrative and content-related aspects of the Research Centre
  • Prepare research proposals with the involvement of several researchers cooperating in the Research Centre
  • Support in the preparation of scientific publications
  • Establish and expand strategic research partnerships and networks at the local, regional and international level
  • Establish a data management system
  • Implement the communication strategy of the Research Centre via appropriate communication channels
  • Organize events and manage project funds as well as reporting
  • Report to the management of the Research Centre and work closely with the researchers cooperating in the Research Centre as well as with other internal and external stakeholders


  • an above-average university degree (master or equivalent) in agricultural sciences, natural resource management or related disciplines
  • extensive experience in applying for and coordinating international research collaborations and publishing scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals
  • strong analytical skills, a structured approach, excellent communication skills, an independent work style, high motivation and a high degree of self-organization
  • a relevant doctorate is desirable
  • excellent English and German language skills; further language skills are an advantage


Diversity | Internationality | Certified as a family-friendly university | Mobile working as well as home office | University sports | Active break | Collegial, open working atmosphere| Exciting and varied range of tasks | Personal responsibility and creative freedom | opportunities for personal and professional development

The Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is committed to the professional development and advancement of women. Female candidates are expressly welcomed and encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Gender Equality Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz NRW), in cases of equal suitability, aptitude and professional experience, female candidates shall be given preferential consideration over male candidates for vacancies in areas with proportionally fewer female employees, provided there are no specific, overriding reasons for giving preference to a specific male candidate.

In the event of equal suitability, preferential consideration will also be given to disabled candidates or candidates recognised as such by virtue of Section 2 (3) of the German Code of Social Law, Book IX (SGB IX).

Please submit your application through the following link: and add the usual application documents: cover letter, curriculum vitae, diplomas, job references, proof of qualifications (possibly equivalence test/certificate recognition) and, if applicable, proof of severe disability in a single PDF file.


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