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Are you looking for a job where you can help to make the world more sustainable and tackle climate change? Join our team if you like looking at the bigger picture and shaping the "Zukunftswissen" (future knowledge) of tomorrow!

Sustainability drives everything we do. We have more than 300 committed employees, and their wide range of skills is our greatest asset. Our colleagues make the Wuppertal Institute a leading think tank for sustainability research focused on impacts and practical application. Join our team – whether as a scientist or a doctoral student, in an administrative, IT or communications role, as a student or research assistant or by collaborating with us on your thesis. Submit your application if you want to drive the Great Transformation forward!

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Jobs for Scientists &Doctorate Opportunities

If you want to help shape the "Zukunftswissen" (future knowledge) of tomorrow, you've come to the right place. Whether you are an experienced professional or just starting your career and/or you'd like to do a doctorate, our research topics and projects can offer responsibility, variety and development opportunities right from the start.

Jobs in Administration,IT & Communications

Our motivated teams in administration, IT and communications are looking for talented and skilled people like you. In return, we offer exciting and individual development opportunities.

Jobs forStudents

Whether you join us as a student or research assistant, as an intern or if you would like to collaborate with us on a thesis, we will support your scientific education and you will become part of one of our teams right from the start.

Why work at theWuppertal Institute?
We take sustainability seriously

At the Wuppertal Institute, sustainability is not just our main line of business – it also guides our actions. Climate protection, resource efficiency and Sustainability Management have been key issues directing the Institute’s development from the day it was founded. Since 2010, the topic of Sustainability Management has been systematically driven forward the sustainability managers by a dedicated working group.


We offer support and training

We are committed to developing talent and supporting all our employees individually. This includes intensive onboarding, regular staff appraisals with managers and close cooperation within our teams. Through our WI-N programme to support young talent, a management programme for senior researchers and various management training courses, training goals are set for the long term, potential is recognised and nurtured. We also offer a wide range of professional development opportunities, ranging from one-to-one training, workshops, participation in specialist congresses as well as team-building activities and coaching.

In addition, our doctoral programme provides supervision and support for your dissertation project – from topic development to publication.

We believe in a work-life balance

The Wuppertal Institute actively supports the welfare of all its employees so that they can achieve a good work-life balance. That is why we offer flexible working time accounts, 30 days of annual holiday (plus days off on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve) and the option to work remotely. Various part-time models, special leave days and comprehensive support for staff returning to work after parental leave or long-term illness are, of course, also standard practice at the Wuppertal Institute. Through our cooperation partner pme-Familienservice and its "life coaching" programmes as well as regular events relating to work-life balance issues, additional advice and support are available if needed.

We embrace diversity

We are committed to a respectful and open organisational culture and believe in the strength of diverse teams. That is why our doors are open to everyone regardless of nationality, disability, age, ethnic and social background, religion, ideology, family responsibilities, gender identity or sexual orientation. Click here to find out more about equal opportunities and diversity at the Wuppertal Institute.

We support health & social activities

We enjoy spending time together outside of work, too. Employees have organised their own sports and fitness groups – including football, yoga and beach volleyball – which the Institute supports as a sponsor, and we have our own professionally directed choir, which holds weekly rehearsals. Every voice is welcome! We also put a strong emphasis on communal activities. Examples include our annual Christmas party, our summer festival and group lunches. And last but not least: all employees (whose contracts are covered by collective agreements) can participate in a company pension scheme.

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Heike Dick
Tel.:+49 202 2492-134


Heike Dick

Human Resources Management and Development Co-Manager

Lisa Erny
Tel.:+49 202 2492-277


Lisa Erny

HR Officer

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