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Scientific Assistant / Assistant Professor / Assistant Lecturer
partly located at Chennai, India
Full-time Post-Doc positions available for four years from January 1st 2019 at of
Stuttgart, with office at the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability, Indian Institute
of Technology Madras, in Chennai, India
In 2010, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) and several German universities jointly established the
Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS), located on the IITM campus in Chennai, as a platform for international
academic exchange and interdisciplinary research collaboration on major sustainable development
issues. In Germany, the IGCS activities are supported by the ‘TU9‘ group of Technical Universities (led by RWTH
Aachen University) and Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel. Focus areas of sustainability education and research
relate to water (Kiel Univ.), waste (Univ. Stuttgart), land use and rural/ urban development (RWTH Aachen
Univ.), as well as energy (TU Berlin).
The IGCS is part of the initiative "A New Passage to India" by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
and receives funding from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) via DAAD and from
the Dept. of Science and Technology, Government of India. Since its inception, the IGCS offers short-term
Winter / Summer Schools on various sustainability topics, workshop participations, as well as short- and
long-term research stays to students and researchers both from India and Germany at IGCS Chennai or the
German partner universities. German and IITM academic staff closely collaborate both in teaching and researching.
At University of Stuttgart, the Post-doc will be employed at the Institute for Sanitary Engineering, Water Quality
and Solid Waste Management, Chair of Waste Management. Here, especially waste management issues of sustainable
development are taken up in connection with IGCS. Research topics are in the field of appropriate
waste management (including industrial waste) in coastal areas regarding climate relevance and climate change
including modelling of waste management systems, developing and implementing strategies to reduce avoidable
food waste, implementation of composting systems in urban and peri-urban areas in Chennai Region, as
well as management including collection and recycling of waste from electrical and electronical equipment and
from plastic waste in cooperation with industry and municipalities. The methodologies are based on engineering
and natural sciences.
We are looking for applicants who completed a PhD degree and offer a strong research track record in any of
the above-mentioned field of sustainable research as well as experience in teaching her/his subject. You are expected
to engage in interdisciplinary research and to design your own project ideas and focus areas in India.
You are fluent in English and German and display solid intercultural communication skills. Work-abroad experience
and knowledge of the region are highly appreciated.
Your Duties and Responsibilities
You are expected to engage in interdisciplinary research and to design your own project ideas and focus areas
in India. You should conduct research projects relating to issues of solid waste management together with IGCS
colleagues in different formats. You will be able to solicit research grants in Germany (e.g. DFG, BMBF, industry)
and collaborate with IGCS-area coordinators in Indian research projects. Beyond research you will support
different teaching formats of the IGCS and contribute to further IGCS activities. Furthermore, you will be a point
of contact for exchange students and scientists who are planning their DAAD funded stay in Chennai.
The position is limited until December 31st, 2022 and is to be filled by January 1st, 2019. The position is subject
to the DAAD grant approval. This is a full-time position and thus involves some travel activities. The salary is
based on level EG 13 TV-L of the German public service salary scale (TV-L). You will be hired by University of
Stuttgart. Up to 6 months per year you are required to spend at the IGCS office at IITM in Chennai. Information
pursuant to Article 13 DS-GVO on the collection of personal data can be found at https://uni-stuttgart.de/datenschutz-bewerbung.
Applications consist of cover letter, CV, certificates, a research record and research plan/ idea for the four-year
period. Submit your e-mail application as one PDF file to Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Kranert (University of Stuttgart)
a copy to the German IGCS project coordinator Mrs. Malin Praktiknjo.
Submission deadline is November 15th, 2018.
University of Stuttgart is certified as a "Family-Friendly University". The University of Stuttgart seeks to increase
the share of women in scientific positions and therefore explicitly encourage women to apply. In cases of equal
qualifications and within legal scope, women will be given preference. Applications of disabled persons with
equal qualifications will be regarded favorably.
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