Research Associate in Earth Sciences University of Hamburg, Institute of Geophysics

Faculty/Department Mathematics, Informatics, Natural Sciences /
Department of Earth Sciences

Seminar/Institute Institute of Geophysics

The Universität Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate for the project
“Exploring the conditions for occurrence of volcanic lightning” in accordance with Section 28
subsection 3 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz,
HmbHG). The position commences on 1.12.2017 or as early as possible thereafter.

It is remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and calls for 75% of standard work hours per week1

The fixed-term nature of this contract is based upon Section 2 of the Academic Fixed - Term
Labor Contract Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a
period of 3 years

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 Equality Act (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz,


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

Specific Duties:

The project is a collaborative research project between the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität
München (Dr. Corrado Cimarelli, Department für Geo- und Umweltwissenschaften) and the
Universität Hamburg (Prof. Dr. Matthias Hort, Institut für Geophysik). The project includes two
PhD positions, one located in Munich and one in Hamburg. Each doctoral student will work on
an own subproject in a research-driven environment. The subproject in Hamburg focusses on
quantifying eruption dynamics at Sakurajima volcano, Japan, by means of Doppler radar,
electromagnetic, and electrostatic field measurements. Those data will be used to improve our
understanding of the circumstances producing volcanic lightning. Using numerical model
simulations we will try to improve our understanding of the processes leading to volcanic
lightning. The associate will have the opportunity to pursue further academic qualifications, in
particular a doctoral dissertation


A university degree in a relevant field, such as Geophysics, Meteorology, or Physics with an
interest in Earth Sciences. The project requires very good team work ability, high motivation

and very good English skills. Knowledge in volcanology, experiences in conducting field work as
well as programming skills (preferably in Fortran, MatLab, Python) for data processing and
conducting numerical simulations are highly desired. A driving license is required. Selected
applicants will be invited to an interview.

Severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Matthias Hort.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s)
as well as two letters of recommendation. Application will be reviewed starting 15th of October
2017 until a suitable candidate has been found. Please send applications to: Prof. Dr. Matthias
Hort, Bundesstr. 55, 20146 Hamburg, Germany, either by regular mail (documents will not be
returned) or E-Mail:

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