Responsibilities: Research associates will be expected primarily to teach and conduct research. The research associate will also have the opportunity to pursue further academic qualifications, in particular a doctoral dissertation. At least one-third of set working hours will be made available for the research associate’s own academic work.

Specific Duties:

The position will be filled to work on a PhD research project on membraneless compartments in plant cells that form upon abiotic stress or in plant immunity. Such compartments may contain RNAs and proteins with intrinsic properties (such as prion-like domains) that make them prone to form condensates in a process called liquid liquid phase separation (LLPS).

The focus will be on proteins, whose localisation to condensates under certain stress conditions has already been established. By combining methods from biochemistry and molecular genetics with cell-biological techniques such as confocal live cell imaging microscopy and electron microscopy the structure, function, biomolecular interactions and dynamics of these proteins in the context of LLPS will be studied in plant cells.

The goal of this project is to uncover novel aspects on formation, dissolution and function of condensates for plant performance and stress response. Teaching obligation in Plant Biology comprises 2 hours per week in each semester.


  • A university degree in a relevant field.
  • We are a highly motivated international team of researchers and are seeking candidates to work in our team on innovative research projects. The position is intended for working on a PhD thesis.
  • Experience in the design and execution of experiments in molecular biology and biochemistry and on the discussion of the results in the respective scientific context. Experience in scientific writing will be advantageous.
  • Motivation to apply innovative techniques to test new hypotheses in plant molecular biology.

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

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.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As men are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage men to apply for this position.

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

Instructions for applying:


Prof. Dr. Stefan Hoth; +49 40 42816-582

Christiane Debus; +49 40 42816-556

Reference number: 200

Application deadline: 30.06.2023

Send us your complete application documents (cover letter, tabular curriculum vitae including list of publications and talks on scientific meetings, copies of degree certificate[s], transcript of records, two to three page summary of the master thesis including the most importing figure 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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InstitutionFaculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Biology, Molecular Plant Physiology

Salary level; EGR. 13 TV-L

Start date01.09.2023 (or later), the initial fixed term is three years. (This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act [Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG]).

Application deadline30.06.2023

Scope of workpart-time

Weekly hours65 % of standard work hours per week

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