The Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences / Department of Biology / Marine Ecosystem and Fishery Science (IMF) invites applications for a

Research Associate in Trait-Based Modelling of Marine
and Terrestrial Ecosystems


The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on as soon as possible but latest 01-September-2019.

This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of 2 years. The position calls for 100 % of standard work hours per week**.

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


Duties primarily include teaching and research. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:

Specific duties include (1) the development of a consistent set of climate relevant (response and effect) traits in marine and terrestrial organisms, (2) the implementation of these traits in an ecosystem model framework and (3) the analysis of the sensitivity of an Earth system model to the addition of these traits and corresponding trade-offs. The amount of teaching is 4 academic hrs/week during the semester.


A university degree in a relevant field. The research associate must have profound knowledge in marine and/or terrestrial biogeosciences, numerical ecosystem modelling, a programming language (e.g., FORTRAN), data visualization tools and LINUX. The willingness to cooperate with colleagues from the Biology department as well as from climate science working groups is expected. The candidate must have profound knowledge in English - native or TOEFL-score with a minimum of 25 in each of the four sections.

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

Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.

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Applications should include a motivation letter, a research statement, curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s), submitted as one single PDF file. Please send applications by 07.07.2019 to:

Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

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published: 05 June 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.