Hi, my name is Nina Kranke and I work in science management at the Chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology at the University of Freiburg.
I love my job because it’s so diverse. My current position involves many different tasks like creating and maintaining websites for research projects, supporting the launch of a large transdisciplinary EU project, writing and proofreading texts for publications, creating figures and graphics, organizing events, and maintaining our lab’s social media accounts. I also assist with preparing research proposals, auditing, reporting, and tasks related to teaching like preparing materials, organizing excursions and communicating with students.
The short answer is that I enjoy supporting scientific research, outreach activities and teaching on topics that I find interesting and that have societal value. The researchers in my team at the Chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology in Freiburg work on different topics in pollination ecology, landscape ecology, biodiversity conservation, and multitrophic interactions, for instance. But this is not the only reason why I did not further pursue a career as a researcher in philosophy of science and started working in science management.
During my time as a research assistant and doctoral student, I found that I am more of a generalist than a specialist. In addition, I noticed that I started to get bored of my own very specialized research in philosophy of biology and started to engage in other research-related activties like organizing workshops, writing articles for a student magazine, and volunteering as a student representative in our Research Training Group’s steering commitee. I also realized that I prefer to engage with scientific work to doing my own research. Finally, I admitted to myself that a science-related job with many different organizational, coordinative and conceptual tasks is more appealing to me than a position in research.
Another reason why I decided to become a science manager is that I really like the university as a workplace. But everyone who has worked as a resesearcher (in Germany) knows that it is difficult to be a researcher and at the same time have a (social) life outside the work environment. I am not only referring to the difficult situation of being a parent and trying to reconcile employment with care work and family life. It is also difficult to maintain friendships and other important relationships when you only get short fixed-term contracts and are therefore forced to relocate multiple times or commute (#IchBinHanna). This is why I decided to take a different career path that would allow me to contunue working at the university and engage with scientific research in a meaningful way.
I work most closely with the head of our department. However, my position also involves communicating and collaborating with other researchers, the secretary and technical staff.
My work is very important to me, but spending quality time with my lovely husband and sweet son is infinitely valuable.
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