Research Associate for the Project “PyMICCS”: „Pyrogenic carbon and carbonating minerals for enhanced plant growth and carbon capture and storage” Position on soil moddelling § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

InstitutionFaculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth System Sciences, Institute of Soil Science, Start dateas soon as possible, fixed until 31.08.2025 (This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act [Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG]).

Application deadline 21.04.2023

Scope of work part-time

Weekly hours65 % of standard work hours per week


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

Specific Duties

The PyMiCCs project is a collaborative research program at Universität Hamburg, Geisenheim University, ithaka institute and PIK Potsdam, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The Project aims to investigate the potential of enhanced weathering in combination with biochar application (PyMiCCs products) for the incorporation and stabilization of carbon in arable soils, and to evaluate the consequent potential as a carbon capture and storage technology for climate-change mitigation. To achieve this goal, the project combines laboratory, green house and field experiments with process-based numerical modelling and agro economic potential analyses.

In this framework, the research associate is assigned to the following research topics:

  • development of a process-based weathering model, implementation into an ecosystem model and application for assessing the carbon dioxide removal potential and soil organic matter stabilization

Specific duties:

  • linking own research with other partners in the PyMiCCS-project, particularly regarding model-data integration
  • presentation of research at international conferences and publication of research results in relevant international journals

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A university degree in a relevant field.

  • a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Geoecology, Soil Science, Geosciences, Agriculture, Physics, Chemistry or related academic fields with special focus on soil science, terrestrial ecosystem science or climate science with very good grades
  • interest in soil mineralogy, soil chemical processes and soil organic carbon stabilization mechanisms
  • capacity for teamwork in an interdisciplinary environment
  • fluency in English (spoken and written)
  • german language skills are desirable
  • experience in a programming language

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.

Instructions for applying

Contact Prof. Dr. Christian Beer +49 40 42838-2699

Reference number 140

Location Allende-Platz 2 20146 Hamburg

Application deadline 21.04.2023

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. If you experience technical problems, send an email to

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