Research Associate for the Project “How mycorrhizal types and tree diversity drive soil carbon stabilization” (PhD student) § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG, InstitutionFaculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Biology, Institute of Wood Science

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 29.04.2023

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. They may also pursue doctoral studies outside of working duties.

Specific Duties

  • investigate dynamics of belowground C inputs of arbuscular and ectomycorrhizal trees
  • conduct measurements in the MyDiv tree diversity experiment
  • examine fine root and hyphal turnover by mini-rhizotron imaging and hyphal ingrowth bags
  • collect root exudates and analyse by TOC analyses and mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)
  • write and publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • present results at national and international conferences


A university degree in a relevant field. A university degree in a relevant field, i.e., Biology, Geosciences, or Environmental Sciences. Strong skills in root physiology, mycorrhizal or rhizosphere ecology, and/or biogeochemistry are a plus. Experience in mini-rhizotron imaging and/or mass spectrometry are beneficial.

This Ph.D. position is part of a cooperative project on soil C stabilization processes in the MyDiv experiment and is co-supervised by Prof. Johanna Pausch (University of Bayreuth).

Therefore, team-orientation and interest in conducting interdiciplinary research as well as being proactive are a must. Willingness for field work in the MyDiv experiment in Bad Lauchstädt, Saxony-Anhalt. Excellent German and English communication skills (spoken and written).

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. Ina Christin Meier +49 40 822459-203

Reference number 112

Location Haidkrugsweg 1, 22885 Barsbüttel-Willinghusen

Application deadline: 29.04.2023

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 below application form only. If you experience technical problems, send an email to


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