Start date01.07.2022 Pending approval of external funding, 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 deadline31.05.2022

Scope of workpart-time

Weekly hours65 % of standard work hours per week

Research Associate for the Project “Pyrogenic carbon and carbonating minerals (PyMiCCS) for enhanced plant growth and carbon capture and storage” § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG


Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties

The BMBF-funded PyMiCCS consortium project will examine how the combined application of biochar and rock powder in soils may promote carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere via soil carbon sequestration and enhanced weathering. The project will use an integrated approach that includes comprehensive field and laboratory experiments and also process-based numerical modelling. The candidate will investigate feedbacks between vegetation, weathering rates in the soil, and dynamics of soil organic matter in different ecosystems and under future climate change, using numerical modelling.

This analysis aims to find out how multiple interacting biogeochemical soil and vegetation processes will affect the overall C-sequestration rate. The model will be developed and evaluated in cooperation with other PyMiCCS projects and then applied to derive a first global map of potential C sequestration by PyMiCCS, including scenarios for the future.


A university degree in a relevant field.

The successful candidate needs to have advanced knowledge and experience in at least two of the following research disciplines: Ecology, biogeochemistry, soil science, hydrology, and climate science. Advanced and proven skills in numerical modeling and scientific writing are required. Further assets are team spirit, high motivation, independent thinking and working, and general experience with Unix-like operating systems and associated software. Very 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
  • Public transport pass (ProfiTicket) and much more
  • Health management
  • Educational leave
  • 30 days of vacation per annum

As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.

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

Tips on applying


Philipp Porada

+49 40 42816-577

Monika Petersen

+49 40 42816-309

Application deadline


Send us your complete application documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificate(s) and if necessary ID attesting to your disability or proof of equivalent status) via the online application form only.


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