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[Met-jobs] PhD position on vegetation modeling at University of Hamburg

From Philipp Porada <>
Date Mon, 28 Oct 2019 17:44:41 +0100

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 Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Biology, Institute for Plant Sciences and Microbiology invites applications for a

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE for the project:

“Estimating impacts of non-vascular vegetation on global biogeochemical cycles from the geological past to the future”


The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on February 1, 2020. This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor
contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of 3 years. The position calls for 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:
Lichens, mosses and terrestrial algae / cyanobacteria carry out important functions in various ecosystems around the world. However, it is unclear if these organisms will be able to maintain their ecosystem services under climate change. A key question is, if nutrient limitation (nitrogen, phosphorus) will prevent increased growth of the organisms under higher CO2 concentrations in the future.

The project will examine the following:
(1) How do growth rates of lichens and mosses depend on their nutrient requirements? To assess this, laboratory measurements will be combined with numerical modeling of growth.
(2) Which nutrients limit growth of the organisms in multiple ecosystems around the world?
(3) Which influence will nutrient limitation have on the future global distribution of lichens and mosses under climate change? To this end, an innovative global vegetation model will be applied.

A university degree in a relevant field. Further requirements:
- Very good written and spoken English skills
- Interest in numeric simulation models of biological processes
- Experience with Unix/Linux is an asset

The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages qualified women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches
Gleichstellungsgesetz, HmbGleiG). Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the
application process.

For further information, please contact or consult our website at .

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please send applications by November 30, 2019 to:

Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents
submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

* Full-time positions currently comprise 39 hours per week

Best regards

Philipp Porada

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