(Senior) Researcher - Circular economy in the construction and building sector (f/m/d)

Bauhaus Earth - Berlin, Germany

apply before March 10, 2023

Tasks: Management, Planning & Design, Research

Topics: Circularity, Innovative Constructions, Natural Materials, Urban Transformation

Type: Full-time

Experience required: Experienced

Language: English is sufficient

In response to the climate crisis, Bauhaus Earth seeks to transform building and human settlements from a driver of climate and societal crises into creative forces for systemic regeneration. We bring together researchers and practitioners from the fields of architecture, planning, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts to explore, develop and test new knowledge, solutions, and pathways for a regenerative built future through scientific inquiry, demonstration projects and political advocacy. For more information about our vision, mission, and activities, please visit: https://www.bauhauserde.org/

We are looking for creative minds and critical thinkers to join our team in the effort to address climate change in a systemic way. We are calling for applications for the following position:


BACKGROUND: Starting March 2023, Bauhaus Earth will implement the three-year research project ‘Transformation Pathways toward a Regenerative Built Environment’, funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV). The project examines the potentials, challenges, and intervention points for the transition towards bio-based and circular buildings and green, inclusive, and healthy urban environments. A core aim of the project is to conduct an integrated global study to assess the potential of biogenic materials to address future construction demands and to identify the detailed potential of the built environment as a human-made carbon sink. Four in-depth case studies in Germany, Bhutan, Indonesia, and South Africa will complement the global study. They will capture the complexity and local specificities of systemic transformation challenges and possible pathways towards a regenerative built environment. The case studies will be designed as ‘Transformation Labs’ using a transdisciplinary and transformative research approach.

DESCRIPTION OF THE ROLE: You will mainly work on the three-year inter- and transdisciplinary research project and at the same time be responsible for research on the transformation theme ‘Circular Economy in the Construction and Building Sector’. You will be part of a project team of approx. 10-12 researchers and other collaborators.

Your areas of activity include, but are not limited to:

  • Systemic analysis of relevant scientific literature on circular buildings and biobased value chains with a focus on economic aspects.
  • Investigate whole-life cost, including hidden cost, of bio-based and circular buildings.
  • Identify levers to increase affordability of bio-based and circular buildings.
  • Develop carbon trading schemes for bio-based and circular buildings.
  • Support the development of a research methodology for co-creative transformation labs.
  • Support the development of scenarios and roadmaps for transformation towards a regenerative built environment
  • Contribute to internal knowledge management, research synthesis, scientific publications, and reports.
  • Engage in the development of targeted capacity-building formats.
  • Besides, we expect the candidate to develop independent concepts and support additional funding initiatives to expand Bauhaus Earth’s research portfolio, team, and competencies into developing enabling frameworks and tools for systemic change in the building sector.


  • Master’s degree or PhD in sustainability management, environmental ecomonics, natural resource management or another relevant subject.
  • Experience in the field of sustainability and/or circular economy or value chain research including inter-/transdisciplinary and international research projects.
  • Solid knowledge of circular buildings, circular cities, and circular economy value chains, with particular focus on biobased materials, recycling and reuse strategies, as well as cascading use of materials
  • Proven data analysis skills, including econometric analysis
  • Experience in working with supply chain data, including big data
  • Experience in supervising Bachelor’s and Master’s students
  • Experience in scientific publications and science communication.
  • Strong analytical skills, profound strategic and interdisciplinary thinking, strong teamwork skills and a structured way of working.
  • Willingness to travel abroad and within Germany.
  • Fluency in English with excellent written and oral communication skills; basic German skill are welcome but not required.
  • Work experience in Germany, South Africa, Indonesia, or Bhutan is an advantage.

DISCLAIMER: This position is subject to the final approval of the funding agency.


– an inspiring and creative team with a workplace in Berlin;
– the opportunity for personal development and growth in an international environment;
– to become part of a dynamically growing company;
– multidisciplinary team that offers room for new ideas and responsibilities;
– to make an active contribution to solving humanity’s greatest challenges;
– possibility of doing PhD in cooperation with universities in Berlin and Potsdam.

The position is initially limited until December 2025, a continuation is sought. Renumeration is based on the requirements of the collective bargaining agreement of the federal states (TV-L 13 Brandenburg) with a working time of 36-40 hours/week.

The working locations are Berlin and Potsdam.

Bauhaus Earth welcomes applications regardless of cultural and social background, gender, age, religion/belief, ascribed disability, or sexual orientation and is particularly pleased to receive applications from people with an international history as well as People of Color.

Please send your application (including letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, certificates, and references) by e-mail to recruitment@bauhauserde.org by March 10, 2023 (end of the day). For any further inquiries please contact gerve@bauhauserde.org.

By applying, you confirm that Bauhaus der Erde gGmbH may store your data and process your personal data solely for the purpose of carrying out this application procedure. If you would like to know further details or wish to revoke your consent, please contact contact@bauhauserde.org.

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