Public Relations Officer (m/f/x) for research and transfer 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
up to TV-L E14
Contract duration
The position is offered for three years.
Part time
50 %

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 Public Relations Officer ensures an objective, comprehensive and prudent information flow of the program's results to the public in target-group specific formats. The Officer will work closely with the Program Manager, Transfer Manager, and Graphics Communications Designer. Specific tasks comprise

  • coordination and writing of press releases on the program's key results
  • regular communication with the individual joint projects of the program to identify and adopt key results for public outreach
  • establishment and maintenance of a network of media representatives interested in the topic
  • development and implementation of a social media concept, generating input for various social media channels
  • updating content for the program's website and internal communications platform
  • maintenance, together with the PR officer of the marine CDR program, of a news portal (further information), integration of media observation, generation of a weekly newsletter
  • coordination with the PR work of the marine CDR program and the PR offices of the partner institutions
  • support for an external science journalist on the creation of specific PR formats.


  • a MSc or PhD university degree (preferably in environmental or climate sciences)
  • experience of several years in science communications
  • experience with creating content for various media formats, including social media
  • excellent German and very good English skills in speech and writing
  • capability to work independently and in a team in a structured and goal-oriented way
  • very good organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of the German and international research landscape around climate and CDR is advantageous.


The Public Relations Officer 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. Wide opportunities for collaboration exist, e.g., with the newly founded Munich Science Communication Lab.
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, up to level E14. We encourage female candidates to apply.

This is a part-time job

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-Press-2021".

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

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