Universität Hamburg

Research Associate for the Project “Ocean alkalinity research scientist with PhD opportunity (aquatic geochemist, biogeochemist, geologist, or similar)” § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

Institution: Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth System Sciences, Institute for Geology, Centre for Earth System Research and Sustainability
Salary level: EGR. 13 TV-L
Start date: 01.04.2024, fixed until 31.03.2027 (This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act [Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG]).
Application deadline: 10.01.2024
Scope of work: part-time
Weekly hours: 65 % of standard work hours per week

Your responsibilities

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications. They may also pursue doctoral studies outside of working duties.

The primary objective of this position is to improve the understanding of sustainable Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement as a carbon dioxide removal (CDR) method. Duties mainly include laboratory work to understand key processes for sustainable alkalinity addition to seawater. Understanding dissolutions kinetics of alkaline materials and the stability of alkalinity will be a major research topic, and further subsequent carbonate chemistry changes will be investigated.

This research is conducted within an international team of scientists (https://alkalign.ocean.dal.ca). Rapid publication of research results in relevant international journals and documentation of experimental work is expected. Candidates are expected to bring their own research ideas and actively contribute to the development of the project.

Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

  • CDR Knowledge: advanced understanding of CDR methods, particularly marine-based CDR.
  • (Biogeo)chemistry expertise: excellent knowledge in aquatic geochemistry and carbon cycle, specifically the carbonate system.
  • Laboratory skills: Knowledge on how to design and setup an experiment, experience in wet chemistry laboratory work from sampling to sample analysis. Demonstrated ability to conduct clean, reliable laboratory work and produce detailed experiment reports.
  • Analytical techniques: experience in pH measurements, acid titration, ion chromatography and particulate carbon analysis, solid phase analysis (e.g., Raman, infrared spectroscopy or BET-surface area analyser) and imaging (e.g., SEM) are beneficial.
  • Data processing: knowledge of a data processing tool such as Python or MATLAB and basic knowledge of hydrochemical modelling software (PhreeqC, CO2SYS or others) are beneficial. Willingness to learn and improve skills in these areas.
  • Academic publication: Experience with peer-reviewed publications is encouraged, strong academic writing skills are expected.
  • English: High proficiency in English (C1+, IELTS level 7+ or Cambridge 185+ equivalent) is required, for both speaking and writing, as international collaborations and publications will be in English.

Required skills and personal qualities

  • Teamwork: Ability to work effectively as part of an international research team. This includes a willingness to collaborate, assist colleagues, and contribute positively to the team dynamic. English proficiency: High level of English proficiency is essential for academic interactions and writing. Candidates must be able to communicate effectively in English.
  • Writing skills: fast and effective writing has a major role in academic science, so a very good writing level is expected.
  • Fast learner: new concepts will be introduced to the candidate as often as every day, so it is expected that the candidate is prepared to learn more complex concepts and is also actively questioning and investigating the research topic and results.
  • Active research engagement: Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to active research. This includes conducting thorough literature reviews, engaging in international collaborations, and showing a genuine interest in and dedication to the research topic.

We offer

  • Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
  • Continuing education opportunities Continuing education opportunities
  • University pensions University pensions
  • Attractive location Attractive location
  • Flexible working hours Flexible working hours
  • Work-life balance opportunities Work-life balance opportunities
  • Health management Health management
  • Educational leave Educational leave
  • 30 days of vacation per annum 30 days of vacation per annum

Universität Hamburg—University of Excellence is one of the strongest research educational institutions in Germany. Our work in research, teaching, educational and knowledge exchange activities is fostering the next generation of responsible global citizens ready to tackle the global challenges facing us. Our guiding principle “Innovating and Cooperating for a Sustainable Future” drives collaboration with academic and nonacademic partner institutions in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and around the world. We would like to invite you to be part of our community to work with us in creating sustainable and digital change for a dynamic and pluralist society.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

Instructions for applying

Jens Hartmann
Charly Moras

Reference number

Bundesstraße 55
20146 Hamburg
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Application deadline

Use only the online application form to submit your application with the following documents:

  • cover letter
  • CV
  • copies of degree certificate(s)

If you experience technical problems, send an email to bewerbungen@uni-hamburg.de.

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