Editorial Assistant – Line of Research ‘Coping with Environmental Crises’

The Center for InterAmerican Studies (CIAS) has the following job opening:

Editorial Assistant for the CALAS – Line of Research ‘Coping with Environmental Crises’

 The Center for InterAmerican Studies (CIAS) at Bielefeld University is seeking a research associate to work in their offices within the structure of the joint-research initiative "Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Coping with Crises" (CALAS) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), starting May 1, 2022. The international and interdisciplinary joint initiative is responsible for a Center for Advanced Studies, where researchers investigate the question of how different social actors in Latin America perceive and evaluate crises, which crisis management solutions do they develop, and how do they implement them in a sustainable manner. The third line of research is particularly dedicated to the question of how environmental crises are dealt with. Further information can be found here.

Your Tasks

The task includes the publication of work within the Center for Latin American Studies (CALAS) at the Bielefeld campus, in particular the knowledge laboratory ‘Coping with Environmental Crises’, in which, among other things, a 6-volume handbook on the Anthropocene is being compiled. In summary:

  • editorial work, native proofreading of text, and translation from English to Spanish (70 %)
  • organizational and technical support for the editorial offices (30 %)

The employment is designed to encourage further academic qualification.

Your Profile

We expect

  • completed academic degree in the social sciences or humanities, ideally with a regional focus in Latin America (Masters, State Exam, M.A., M.S.)
  • very strong knowledge of spoken and written English and Spanish
  • good knowledge of spoken and written German
  • experience in translation of academic texts from English to Spanish
  • experience in lecturing academic texts
  • strong organizational and coordination abilities
  • good social and intercultural competence, especially communication skills
  • independent, team oriented, cooperative work ethic

Preferred experience and skills

  • doctorate in the social sciences or humanities, ideally with a focus in environmental history or the political ecology of Latin America
  • experience in the coordination of academic publication projects or in editorial work
  • experience with academic management

We offer

  • salary according to Remuneration level 13 TV-L
  • temporary to 30 Monate (§ 14 Abs. 1 Nr. 1 TzBfG)
  • part-time 65 % 
  • internal and external training opportunities
  • wide range of health, consulting and prevention service
  • reconcilability of family and working life
  • flexible working hours
  • job ticket for regional public transport network
  • supplementary company pension
  • collegial working environment
  • open and pleasant working atmosphere
  • exciting, varied tasks

Application Procedure

We are looking forward to receiving your application. To apply, please use our online form via the application button there below. Otherwise, you can send your complete application with the identification code Wiss21869 to the postal address listed on the right site. You can find the job advertisement in german here.


Olaf Kaltmeier
+49 521 106-3216

Postal Address
Universität Bielefeld
Nadine Pollvogt
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld

Bielefeld, Germany