Vacancy Doctoral Candidate Environmental Humanities

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) and the Munich Science Communication Lab (MSCL) are looking for a Doctoral Candidate in Environmental Humanities (TVL E13, 65%) to join its team.

The RCC invites applications for a doctoral candidate who will explore and critically analyze visual representations of planetary health (PH) within and across the domains of art, science, popular culture, and activism. PH is a concept that has emerged in the last decade; it forges interdisciplinary collaborations that draw attention to how anthropogenic environmental change at a global scale has impacted the health of humans and life on Earth. The doctoral candidate is expected to focus their research and writing on the following questions: How have visualizations, maps, iconic photographs, and films shaped scientific and public understandings about the drivers and solutions to planetary health issues?  How do such representations make visible or erase complex and contested environmental and social problems related to planetary health operating at multiple temporal and spatial scales? 

The position will start on 1 April 2023 or shortly thereafter. The position runs initially through 31 March 2026, which includes a six-month probation period. The MSCL is a non-profit joint initiative of scientists and science communicators that aims at bringing together research about and the practice of science communication. Its current research focus is on Planetary Health. The RCC is the largest Center for Advanced Study in the environmental humanities worldwide and hosts numerous international scholars working on environmental topics. Its working language is English.

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