Environment & Society Portal Research Associate (wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft), Rachel Carson Center, LMU Munich

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) seeks a Research Associate for the Environment & Society Portal (www.environmentandsociety.org), a digital gateway to resources on the human-environment relationship. The Portal is the RCC’s open access publication platform and archive. Each month it receives around 15,000 unique visits from around the world. A primary responsibility would be the editorial management and production of Arcadia: Online Explorations in Environmental History (www.environmentandsociety.org/arcadia). A collaboration of the Rachel Carson Center and the European Society for Environmental History, Arcadia publishes short, peer-reviewed environmental histories. This is a part-time (19h/week) position suitable for Ph.D. candidates; those who have completed a PhD are not eligible. The contract starts 15 November 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society is a joint initiative of LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum. Generously supported by the German Ministry for Research and Education, its goal is to further research and discussion in the field of international environmental studies and to strengthen the role of the humanities in political and scientific debates about the environment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Editorial management for Arcadia; correspondence with authors and reviewers
  • Production and e-publication of Arcadia articles, Virtual Exhibitions, and other features
  • Research and check facts, sources, and licenses; edit and format texts, images, metadata


  • Academic studies in environmental history or a related field; Ph.D. candidacy preferred
  • Excellent (native or near-native) English skills; German and other languages a plus
  • Excellent writing and editing skills; editorial experience preferred
  • Affinity for technology; familiarity with HTML, Drupal, graphics, and social media
  • Familiarity with digital humanities, e-publishing, open access and licensing issues
  • Ability to work within a team, organize, prioritize, and deliver quality results on deadline
  • Ability to communicate clearly and diplomatically with others

This 19 hour/week appointment will be made initially for 6 months with the possibility of renewal through July 2019. Salary will be determined according to LMU compensation for “wissenschaftliche Hilfskräfte.” The RCC is located in central Munich and offers a culturally diverse and flexible working environment. The working language of the Center is English. Equally qualified disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration. We welcome applications from women.

To apply, please prepare the following as one PDF document: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two reference letters OR names of two references with contact information. Send to Dr. Kimberly Coulter at kimberly.coulter (at) carsoncenter.lmu.de by 8 September 2017 with “RA application” and your full name in the subject line. Interviews will be held in late September.


Interns at the Rachel Carson Center may work in part with the Portal team. You can learn more about the general operations internship at the Rachel Carson Center here.