Research Associate - True Cost Accounting of Food (m/f/x)

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The Research Associate True Cost Accounting of Food (m/f/x) (80%) job opening at TMG GmbH in Berlin is an exciting opportunity for individuals passionate about sustainable food systems. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing and implementing the technical and strategic work of the PLAN'EAT project, performing research tasks, developing a TCA database for the food and farming sector, and providing technical and strategic guidance to the further development of TCA. The position requires a Master's degree in agricultural economics, environmental science, or a related field, relevant work experience, knowledge of life cycle assessments, and excellent management and organizational skills. TMG offers a dynamic, diverse, and international working environment, flexible working hours, opportunities for professional development, and a respectful work environment free from discrimination and intimidation. Women, people with disabilities, and people with a migration background are particularly encouraged to apply.


  • Perform the research tasks of the PLAN’EAT project, e.g. desk research, life cycle assessment (LCA) data collection and analysis
  • Independently develop into a LCA expert for food and agriculture and become the first point of contact for LCA at TMG
  • Support with the development of a TCA database for the food and farming sector
  • Write scientific and non-scientific publications and other forms of outreach
  • Organise, conceptualise and carry out workshops, meetings and events
  • Support the programme lead with the administration and coordination of partners of the project
  • Provide technical and strategic guidance to the further development of TCA, including its method, calculation and reporting, the development of social and health TCA indicators as well as the development of flexible and efficient data collection and management structures
  • Follow-up on political and market developments on product-related impact assessments and TCA, and align the TCA method accordingly
  • Support in strategically positioning the project in the relevant national and international (policy) debates
  • Proactively support the development of new project proposals and ideas, especially on the topic of TCA


  • Master’s degree in agricultural economics, environmental science or a related field
  • Relevant work experience in a field related to econometrics, quantitative sustainability and impact assessments, and/or information science
  • Knowledge of and applied skills to perform life cycle assessments (LCA) as well as experience with the use of LCA software
  • Knowledge of statistics and ability to work with datasets
  • Basic knowledge of sustainable food systems incl. the environmental, social and health impacts of food production and consumption
  • Experience and strong interest in scientific desk and applied research as well as in writing and science communication
  • Excellent management and organisational skills
  • Knowledge of R, SQL or similar statistical/data management and data visualization tools is an asset
  • Familiar with standards and frameworks such as ISO030/1234567890, PEFCR, GHG Protocol, SBTi is an asset
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, good knowledge of German is an asset.


  • Meaningful interaction with national as well as international organisations in the field of sustainable development
  • A dynamic, diverse and international working environment
  • Flexible working hours and mobile working
  • 30 days of paid annual leave in accordance with TVöD
  • Opportunities for professional development
  • Regular social team events
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