We are a leading research organisation in the area wood and wood-related renewable resources in Europe. Our core competences are materials research and process technology along the complete value chain – from raw material to finished products. We develop methods and basics and perform applied research on the economy-science interface, in order to enable resource-efficient management in the circular bioeconomy.


Our team, Sustainable Innovation and Impact Assessment is looking for a:


Junior Researcher (30h-40h) for a Dissertation (PhD) at BOKU or KFU (f/m/d)


About us:

We conduct research at the interface of technology and economy in order to provide customized information to shape innovation processes and support our company partners on issues of the market. The societal perceptions and requirements considering the forest based economic sector have changed. Sustainable wood supply is fundamental for wood industry. At the same time the assessment of sustainability is a multifaceted challenge. In addition to the three pillars of sustaina-bility we also need to take into account the ongoing consensus building processes on various topics and with different stakeholder groups. Different sustainability assessment methods are needed on different levels and different stakeholder groups have different and evolving conceptualizations of sustainability. In a cooperative research project with an industry partner we are looking for a junior researcher to review relevant guidances for biodiversity assessment of (e.g. the Science based targets for nature /SBTN) and other related activities (initiatives including regulation like EU-PEF, methods, indicators, ...) to assess the applicability for biodiversity strategies of Lenzing AG. Further the task is to map and analyze relevant biodiversity assessment methodologies and how they align to the LCA approach as well as observe how the activities are framed and which societal sustainability needs are addressed. Hot-spots of sustainable wood procurement considering biodiversity and business risks as well as mitigation measures for the textile value chain with a focus on wood procurement, biore-finery and fiber manufacturing are to be identified. With this background a case study according to selected biodiversity assessment methods is envisaged.



Your responsibility:

  • Study of biodiversity assessment approaches, guidances and related material
  • Development of adequate research design in a self-responsible manner
  • Independent collection & analysis of data (literature and case study)
  • Support Lenzing AG along the process guidance development within a multi-stakeholder-initiative (e.g. SBTN)
  • Publication activities in peer-reviewed journals
  • Presentations at scientific conferences
  • Preparation of meetings with company partner and presentation of work
  • Co-Supervision of Master Theses




  • Completed Master’s degree in a field of study related to environmental or sustainability assessments such as social sciences, political sciences, environmental economics, systems analysis, nature conservation, wildlife ecology, forestry or natural resources management.
  • Knowledge of at least one of the following:  LCA, biodiversity assessments/monitoring, natural capital accounting, content analysis
  • Flexibility towards adaptation of tasks and working process to be able to keep up with the development process of Biodiversity assessment and resulting needs of the company partner
  • English language proficiency
  • Experience in Literature research and analysis



Other desired qualifications

  • Interest in studying a portfolio of methods and comparing effects on analysis
  • Interest in actively participating in stakeholder dialogues
  • Experience in academic writing (e.g. own publications)
  • Project management skills and team player
  • German language proficiency
  • Full commitment to research and willingness to learn




  • Supervision of PhD thesis through Wood K plus and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Franziska Hesser, PhD) or Karl-Franzens University Graz Prof. Tobias Stern)
  • Cooperation with industry partners
  • Possibilities for further education
  • Flexible and family friendly working hours (flexitime, time off)
  • Possibility for home office
  • Excellent working atmosphere in a committed team
  • Public transport connection
  • Start of work as soon as possible
  • Gross monthly salary based on 40h/week from EUR 2.450€ (14 x per year)



Place of employment:

Feistmantelstraße 4,1180 Vienna



If you are interested in this position, please forward your application as one document including:

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Research concept on how you would address the research problem focusing on the methodological approach (max. 3 pages)
  • Certificate Master’s degree and if available in separate documents:
  • Copy of Master Thesis
  • Publications and/or working papers


Franziska Hesser, PhD, f.hesser@wood-kplus.at (Tel.: (01) 47654-73518, www.woodkplus.at). Please, combine the letter of motivation, CV, research concept, and certificate of Master’s degree into one PDF.