Program Manager (m/f/x) for Carbon Dioxide Removal project

Faculty of Geosciences - The Department of Geography - The chair for Geography and Land Use Systems
Start date
December 2021
Application deadline
27 Oct 2021
Remuneration group
TV-L E14
Contract duration
The position is offered for three years

The chair for Geography and Land Use Systems carries out fundamental and applied research on the human impact on climate via land use. It will lead, pending final project confirmation, the synthesis, transfer and coordination project for the BMBF funding line on Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR). Further information.

To limit global warming in line with the Paris Agreement's goals, greenhouse gas neutrality needs to be reached within the next few decades. This will likely require CDR in addition to emissions reductions. Projects in the BMBF program on terrestrial, geological and material-based CDR and a parallel program on marine CDR methods aim to provide a systematic and comprehensive science basis of potentials, implementability, risks and side-effects in the Earth system of various CDR methods and pathways, and will investigate feedbacks with other Sustainable Development Goals. The CDR program aims to enhance the research capacities in Germany for CDR, strengthen the links between research and other stakeholders, and provide an adequate science basis for political decision-making in research- and climate-policy.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Program Manager will work closely with the Scientific Coordinator, Transfer Manager, and Public Relations Officer. Specific tasks comprise

  • acting as the focal point for internal and external concerns of the program, which comprises approximately 100 researchers
  • assisting the program spokesperson in all tasks
  • being responsible for a program-wide communication system, networking and coordination activities, which ensure a structured collaboration between the program's individual joint projects, its governing bodies, with the marine funding line, and relevant international programs
  • ensuring timely compliance with commitments and monitoring scientific progress towards the overall goals of the program.


  • a MSc or PhD university degree (preferably in environmental or climate sciences)
  • experience of several years in managing research projects
  • very good organizational skills
  • capability to work independently and in a team
  • very good English skills in speech and writing.
  • Good German language skills are advantageous, as is knowledge of the German and international research landscape around climate and CDR.


The Program Manager will become a member of a dynamic team around research, coordination and transfer of the CDR synthesis project and many other projects at the chair for Physical Geography and Land Use Systems. The team is strongly involved in large international collaborations such as the Global Carbon Project, AIMES, and the IPCC/CMIP6.
The position is offered for three years starting December 2021.

Your work place will be located in central Munich and is easy to reach by public transport. We offer an interesting and responsible position with good opportunities for vocational training and career development.

Payment will be in accordance with TV-L E14. Part-time work is in principle possible. We encourage female candidates to apply.

Also possible in a part-time capacity.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Please send an application outlining your fit for the position (including a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, copies of scientific degrees, and the names and contact information of two references) by Oct 27, 2021 by e-mail (one PDF-attachment with max. 5MB only including all documents) with subject "CDR-PrM-2021".

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Julia Pongratz.

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