Job Opportunity: Research Associate, Universität Hamburg

Research Associate for the Project “Arctic squeezing and tundra protection: opportunities, planning and communication (SQUEEZE)” at Universität Hamburg, Germany

Institution: Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Earth System Sciences, Research Unit for Sustainability and Climate Risks and Center for Earth System Science and Sustainability

Salary level: EGR. 13 TV-L

Start date: 1 January 2024, fixed until 31 December 2026 (This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act.

Application deadline: 18 October 2023

Scope of work: full-time position suitable for part-time


Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:

The candidate will conduct research in the field of conservation science and contribute to the three-year research project “Arctic squeezing and tundra protection: opportunities, planning and communication (SQUEEZE)”. SQUEEZE aims to answer the following overarching questions: “Which areas should be protected now to enable tundra biodiversity and related ecosystem services, including permafrost protection, to survive the future warming peak?” and “How can conservation planning help resolve potential land-use conflicts and management decisions?” The main objective of SQUEEZE is to identify suitable Arctic tundra areas for long-term protection, considering climate change effects on tundra biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as land-use conflicts. Major tasks of this position will be to (1) develop a transparent and replicable method to analyze the past and current conservation status of the terrestrial Arctic and to (2) develop a spatial conservation prioritization model for simulating protecting 30% of the Arctic tundra by 2030 considering climate change effects and land use. The work will be conducted in close collaboration with the partner institutions Alfred Wegener Institute at the Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam, University of Leipzig, University of Münster, and World Wide Fund for Nature Germany. Further tasks include the regular participation in project meetings, dissemination of research results via an interactive web application, E-Learning modules for pupils, in scientific publications and on conferences.


A university degree in a relevant field.

Doctorate desirable. Preferably the PhD thesis should already be well advanced or submitted.

  • doctoral thesis in the field of conservation science, environmental science, environmental economics or similar
  • expertise in concepts and methods of systematic conservation planning/spatial conservation prioritization
  • experience in processing large spatial data sets with GIS, R, or similar
  • proficiency in the programming languages GAMS, R, or similar
  • excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • experience in scientific writing and publication of results in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • experience in and willingness to closely collaborate in an interdisciplinary team

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.

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

Instructions for applying:

Contact: Dr. Kerstin Jantke (; +49 40 42838-2147) and Prof. Dr. Uwe A. Schneider (; +49 40 42838-6593)

Reference number: 381

Location: Grindelberg 5, 20144 Hamburg

Send us your complete application documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificate[s]) via the online application form only.

The interviews are expected to take place in early november.

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