Research Associate – Impact Assessment & True Cost Accounting of Diets (m/f/d) - Tenders Global

Research Associate – Impact Assessment & True Cost Accounting of Diets (m/f/d)

Berlin, Germany

Join us!

Are you passionate about data research and have technical skills in life cycle assessments? Do you want to support the transition to sustainable food systems? Then you are the one we are looking for! TMG is currently hiring a

Research Associate – Impact Assessment & True Cost Accounting of Diets (m/f/x) (80 %) to support our project team in Berlin.

About TMG GmbH

TMG – Töpfer, Müller, Gaßner GmbH provides strategic advice and implements concrete solutions for sustainability to governments, private firms, and international organisations. It brings sound knowledge and practical experience in facilitating national, European, and international processes and is dedicated to the analysis and solution of new and complex challenges.

About the project

PLAN’EAT is a Horizon Europe project that seeks the development of innovative, effective tools and strategies to facilitate the transition towards healthy and sustainable dietary behaviour in Europe. In a consortium of 24 European partners, TMG leads the work on True Cost Accounting (TCA) to analyse the environmental, health and social impacts of European diets and their associated hidden costs. TCA uses environmental and social life cycle assessments (LCA) and economic valuation to enable more holistic decision making. As part of the project, TMG will conduct three TCA case studies of different European dietary patterns. Based on the findings, recommendations for the transition to sustainable, healthy and fair diets will be developed.

Your tasks

  • Perform the research tasks of the PLAN’EAT project with a focus on secondary data collection and analysis as well as literature reviews and desk research
  • Lead the implementation of TCA case studies on three different dietary patterns in the project’s Living Labs
  • Write scientific and non-scientific publications and other forms of outreach
  • Provide technical and strategic guidance to further develop the TCA method
  • Support in strategically positioning the project in the relevant national and international (policy) debates

Your profile

  • Master’s degree in agricultural economics, environmental science, engineering or a related field
  • Relevant professional experience and applied skills in performing life cycle assessments (LCA), experience with the use of LCA software and applying LCA to food supply chain and diets is a plus
  • Ability to work with datasets, knowledge of statistics is a plus
  • Experience in scientific desk and applied research as well as in writing and science communication
  • Basic knowledge of sustainable diets and food systems incl. the environmental, social and health impacts of food production and consumption
  • Knowledge of R, SQL or similar statistical and data management tools is a plus
  • Familiarity with standards and frameworks such as ISO14040/44, PEFCR, GHG Protocol, SBTi is a plus
  • Excellent English language skills, good knowledge of German is an asset
  • Excellent management and organisational skills

We offer you

  • Meaningful exchanges and interaction with renowned research organisations as well as national and international organisations in the field of sustainable development
  • A dynamic, diverse and international working environment
  • Flexible working hours and mobile working
  • Salary in accordance with TVöD (Bund) E13, including annual bonus payment acc. to TVöD (Bund)
  • Annual leave in accordance with TVöD 
  • Opportunities for professional development
  • Regular social team events

The position is to be filled as soon as possible and initially limited to October 2024, with the prospect of contract extension pending further funding. Preferred duty station is Berlin. 

How to apply

Please submit your full application including a cover letter, CV and two references (contact persons) and/or reference letters and links to selected publications (if available) in one PDF document (max. 5 MB). Please upload your application online via the application button.

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For more information about the PLAN’EAT project, please visit For details on the position, programme lead Olivia Riemer ([email protected]) will be happy to answer your questions. For details on the application process, please contact Vanessa Venne ([email protected]).

TMG is an employer that promotes equal rights and equal opportunities and provides a respectful work environment free from discrimination and intimidation. We treat all applicants equally, regardless of ethnic and social origin, nationality, religion/belief, age, migration background, disability, sexual orientation and identity. People with disabilities and people with a migration background are particularly encouraged to apply.

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