Research Associate in the field of Climate Modelling

Faculty/Department: Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences/Biology
Seminar/Institute: Institut für Hydrobiologie und Fischereiwissenschaft

The role of marine biota in the climate system is not well understood, yet. The goal of the PhDproject is to evaluate the relative importance of biologically induced alterations of Earth System components using an Earth System model of intermediate complexity.

Universität Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate in the field of Climate Modelling in accordance with Section 28 subsection 1 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG). The position commences latest on 01-Sept-2017.

It is remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and calls for 50% of standard work hours per week.*

The fixed-term nature of this contract is based upon Section 2 of the Academic Fixed-Term Labor Contract Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The initial fixed term is three years.

The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages qualified women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with the Hamburg Equality Act (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HmbGleiG).


Associates will be expected primarily to conduct and teach research. The associate will have the opportunity to pursue further academic qualifications, in particular a doctoral dissertation. At least one-third of set working hours will be made available for the associate's own academic work.

Specific Duties:

Active cooperation with climate scientists from different disciplines, particularly Physical Oceanography and Meteorology as well as Ecosystem Modelling is expected. The candidate will design and implement necessary model changes, perform the experiments and analyze the results. The number of teaching hours is 2hrs/week during the semester.


A university degree in a relevant field. MSc or diploma in physical oceanography, meteorology or a related field as well as strong interest in biological processes. Excellent knowledge in programming (e.g., FORTRAN), visualization tools and LINUX or UNIX is expected. The willingness to cooperate with colleagues from other disciplines is a prerequisite. The candidate must have either profound knowledge in English - native or TOEFL-score with a minimum of 25 in each of the four sections or equivalent (e.g. "DAAD-Sprachzeugnis") - or German (native or "Deutsches Sprachdiplom", Stufe 1) with good knowledge in English.

Severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Inga Hense ( or consult our website at

Applications should include a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s) and language certificates (if applicable). The application deadline is 16-June-2017. Please send applications to: Prof. Dr. Inga Hense (

* Full-time positions currently comprise 39 hours per week.

published: 09 May 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.