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

From Philipp Porada <>
Date Mon, 28 Oct 2019 17:49:54 +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


The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 1 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 initial fixed term is three years. The position calls for 66.67% of standard work hours per week.*

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:
Lichens and mosses are a globally abundant and highly diverse group of vegetation, which perform crucial ecosystem services, but are relatively little researched. There is no explanation so far why mosses do not show a global maximum in diversity in the tropics, in contrast to other plants. Moreover, it is unclear which consequences climate change will have for the diversity of the organisms.

The following tasks will be carried out:
(1) Development of a process-based, global model for diversity of lichens and mosses, based on existing approaches
(2) Simulation of global diversity patterns of the organisms and comparison to observations
(3) Prediction of future changes in diversity of lichens and mosses in the course of climate change, and drafting of conservation measures.
Required teaching amounts to 2,5 LVS (course hours per week)

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 sub-mitted 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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