Universität Hamburg

Research Associate for the Project “Estimating effects of microbial functional diversity on marsh ecosystem carbon balance”

2023-12-15 (Europe/Berlin)
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Institution: Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Biology, Department of Biology, Institute of Plant Science and Microbiology

Salary level: EGR. 13 TV-L

Start date: as soon as possible, fixed for a period of three years (This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act [Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG]).

Application deadline: 15.12.2023

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.

General information on the Research Training Group:

The overall mission of the Research Training Group 2530 (RTG 2530) is to fill existing knowledge gaps on biota-mediated effects on estuarine C cycling under current conditions and with respect to global change scenarios. Embedded into the inspiring academic environment of Universität Hamburg, RTG 2530 provides Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers an outstanding platform for their career development. The RTG has been established by an interdisciplinary group of 15 Principal Researchers with scientific backgrounds ranging from terrestrial and marine ecology, via geoscience to microbiology and molecular plant and animal biology. The RTG is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).

Specific information on the research idea of the position:

The doctoral researcher will be a member of RTG 2530 and the lab of Ecological Modelling and investigate the complex relations between carbon fluxes in marsh ecosystems and plant-microbe interactions, with a focus on microbial functional diversity. The project will address the questions, how variation in functional traits of soil microbes affects plant communities and the overall ecosystem carbon balance, and how climate change may alter these relations. To this end, a process-based marsh ecosystem model will be further developed to include diverse microbial functional types and their interactions with plant processes, such as root oxygen loss or root exudation, thereby including potential shifts in microbial communities that may strongly alter carbon cycling.

Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field, i.e., Biology, Geosciences, or Environmental Sciences. The successful candidate should have knowledge and experience in ecology, in particular soil, vegetation, and ecosystem processes, and biogeochemistry, and also skills in numerical modeling and scientific writing. Expertise in soil science, hydrology, and experience with Linux are an asset. Team spirit and good oral and written English skills are necessary.

We offer

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


Philipp Porada


+49 40 42816-577

Susanne Stirn


+49 40 42816-594

Reference number



Ohnhorststr. 18
22609 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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Job details

Research Associate for the Project “Estimating effects of microbial functional diversity on marsh ecosystem carbon balance”
Mittelweg 177 Hamburg, Germany
Application deadline
2023-12-15 23:59 (Europe/Berlin)
2023-12-15 23:59 (CET)
Job type
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