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Ausschreibung für 1 Fellowship in Residence at FRIAS within the “Young Academy for Sustainability Research” (YAS)

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The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) unites research in all disciplines. The Institute supports academic exchange between disciplines, different cultures and countries, between established and younger researchers. Furthermore, FRIAS engages in activities opening the research community to society and politics. The YAS Fellow in Residence will be part of this community and benefit from the lively research environment of the university and its eleven faculties.

The YAS seeks to foster cross-disciplinary cooperation between distinguished young scholars in the field of sustainability research. The Academy’s objective is to provide an institutional structure that will enable early-career researchers to foster multidisciplinary dialogue and collaboration, to start collaborative projects, and to engage with the general public. The YAS is self-organised by its members, with support by the FRIAS team.

The Young Academy, which is funded by the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation, was launched in October 2021, and a first cohort of fellows is working on sustainability-related topics until September 2024. In its second cohort, the Young Academy will support one Fellow in Residence and 15 Visiting Fellows (seven post-doctoral researchers from the University of Freiburg, and another eight from other universities and research institutions in Germany and abroad). The 16 YAS members will participate in 3-day-long quarterly meetings in Freiburg. Regular attendance at the meetings is mandatory.

YAS Fellow in Residence

The YAS Fellow in Residence will receive a 3-year contract at FRIAS and serve as a liaison between the YAS, the FRIAS, and the sustainability research community at the University of Freiburg. In this bridging function, the Fellow in Residence will initiate research projects and promote outreach activities. The Fellow in Residence is a member of the YAS with access to the group budget. The YAS Fellow also becomes part of the FRIAS community and participates in FRIAS activities and is given time and the opportunity to pursue their own research project.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 2 to 6 years of post-doctoral experience (after PhD)
  • Interest in and commitment to interdisciplinary research
  • Outstanding scientific track record
  • Willingness to actively represent the field of sustainability at FRIAS and create interfaces between the YAS, the FRIAS and the University of Freiburg

Research fields

In its second generation, the YAS is looking for researchers who want to contribute to one of the following two broader thematic fields and related cross-cutting areas:

Transformative city-regions

with foci such as the following:

  • Sustainability transformations at the urban-rural nexus
  • Governance of transformation to sustainability
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Ecosystems of the future
  • Resilience and sustainable infrastructures
  • Green mobility and sustainable transportation
  • Urban temporalities
  • Decolonizing sustainability
  • Environmental justice
  • Etc.

Human-technology-environment relations

with foci such as the following:

  • Concepts and theories on the interrelations of society, technology, and nature
  • Models and metaphors of transformation
  • Post-anthropocentric and more-than-human perspectives
  • Governance in and representations of the Anthropocene
  • Deep uncertainties and non-analogue systems
  • Socio-technical transitions and justice
  • Etc.

Benefits for the YAS Fellow in Residence

  • 3-year Post-Doc contract at FRIAS (TV-L E13, approximately €70,000 per year pre-tax)
  • €5,000 individual research budget per year
  • €160,000 group budget for joint projects with other YAS members (workshops, publications, field trips, outreach activities, etc.)
  • Peer-mentoring and network-building with other like-minded scientists
  • Exchange with international researchers at FRIAS (post-docs and seniors)
  • Contribution to and exchange in a vibrant international and interdisciplinary research community
  • Connection to the strong research, teaching, and transfer activities on sustainability topics at the University of Freiburg


Applicants are requested to submit their application in English in one single PDF file, including:

  • Research proposal detailing the specific research project to be pursued in the YAS and at FRIAS (max. 4 pages)
  • Motivation letter (max. 3 pages), in which they outline (a) how they will fulfil the described bridging function as YAS Fellow in Residence; (b) explicate their expectations of becoming part of an interdisciplinary research community (YAS); and (c) describe how their research relates to one of the above-mentioned themes
  • CV (max. 3 pages)
  • List of publications

Applications have to be sent with the reference “YAS fellowship” to the coordinator of the YAS, Dr. Michael Vollstädt by March 4, 2024.

We are strongly interested in building a diverse and interdisciplinary team. We welcome all applicants regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, academic home background or any other biases. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions.


Suitable applicants will be invited to online interviews that will take place on April 11, 2024.

Decisions will be communicated by the end of April 2024.

The first YAS meeting will take place in Freiburg on October 16-18.

Further information

Information on the YAS, its current members and projects as well as an FAQ are provided by clicking on the corresponding fields.

More information on FRIAS is available here.

For further details about the YAS and FRIAS, please contact the coordinator of the YAS, Dr. Michael Vollstädt

Data protection

The University of Freiburg takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. We process your personal data in accordance with statutory provisions. Please consider the data protection information in accordance with Art. 13/14 General Data Protection Regulation GDPR as part of the application at the University of Freiburg.

If you decide to send us an application, we will process your application data in order to contact you or to be able to assess whether you have the suitability, aptitude and professional capability for the advertised fellowship for which you are applying.

The provision of personal data is necessary for the lawfulness of the application and selection procedure to be conducted. We can only assess your suitability for a fellowship if we receive your information or personal data on your qualifications. The absence of relevant personal data in the application documents may result in the application not being considered for the award of a fellowship (Art. 13(2)(e) GDPR).


Die Eva Mayr-Stihl Stiftung ist eine unabhängige, gemeinnützige Stiftung. Sie wurde 1986 von Eva Mayr-Stihl und Robert Mayr gegründet. Schwerpunkte der Stiftungsarbeit sind Wissenschaft und Forschung, Medizin sowie Kunst und Kultur.