Research Associate for the Project “CLICCS” C1: Sustainable Adaptation Scenarios for Urban Areas – Water from Four Sides” § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

Universität Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany 🇩🇪

Institution Cluster of Excellence „Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CliCCS)“ (climate research), Department of Earth Sciences, Institute of Soil Science

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 23.08.2022

Scope of work part-time

Weekly hours 65 % 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

CLICCS is an ambitious research program at Universität Hamburg and its partner institutions. Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), it is part of Germany’s Excellence Strategy.

The program aims to understand climate changes, taking into account internal variability, extreme events, and unexpected side effects, addressing the natural and social spheres as well as their interactions. Thus CLICCS’ overarching research question is: Which climate futures are possible and which are plausible? CLICCS will investigate how climate changes and how society changes with it, thereby feeding back on climate. It will identify those climate futures that are consistent with both climate and social dynamics (possible), and those we expect to unfold with appreciable probability (plausible).

The CLICCS Project C1 “Sustainable Adaptation Scenarios for Urban Areas – Water from Four Sides” ( aims to develop and assess sustainable adaptation scenarios for urban areas under climate change. In particular, it investigates climate-induced stressors resulting from the four dimensions of water (i.e. ground water rise, storm surges, riverine flooding, and precipitation-induced flash floods) in their interaction with urban societies’ vulnerability and risk perception, the institutional conditions and adaptation governance.

In the framework of the CLICCS project C1 the research associate is assigned to the following research topics:

  • independently designing and conducting theoretical and empirical research on effects of ‘water from four sides’ (storm tides, groundwater rise, precipitation induced flash floods, riverine flooding) on urban soil water dynamics in the Metropolitan Area of Hamburg (infiltration, storage of plant available soil water, evapotranspiration, soil water redistribution, ground water)
  • connecting and integrating the research with research carried out in other work packages of C1 and with other projects
  • publication of research results in relevant international journals as a base for a written doctoral dissertation

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A university degree in a relevant field.

  • a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Geoecology, Soil Sciences, or related academic fields with special focus on soil sciences with very good grades
  • prior knowledge in ecological processes and soil water responses driven by climate change is desirable
  • proficiency in quantitative techniques, esp. in one or more of the following: Soil physical analyses, in situ monitoring of environmental processes, ecohydrological measurements, statistical and/or numerical Modelling

Personal skills

  • capacity for teamwork in an interdisciplinary environment
  • fluency in English (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


Prof. Dr. Annette Eschenbach

[email protected]

+49 40 42838-2008

Dr. Joscha Becker

[email protected]

+49 40 42838-2003

Reference number



Allende-Platz 2
20146 Hamburg
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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.

If you experience technical problems, send an email to [email protected].

More information on data protection in selection procedures.

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