Research Associate for the Project “Cuore” Cultures of Responses: A cross-cultural analysis of resilience to storms in Penghu Ar
Universität Hamburg, Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Institute of Geography

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

The Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Institute of Geography invites
applications for a

Cultures of Responses: A cross-cultural analysis
of resilience to storms in Penghu Archipelago
(Taiwan) and East Frisian Islands (Germany) -
CASE STUDY: Penghu Archipelago


The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act
(Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on as soon as possible.
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 36
months. 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:
The project CUORE analyses the resilience to environmental changes and in particular
to storms in two case studies: the Penghu archipelago (Taiwan) and the East Frisian Islands
(Germany). The investigation of the culturally different case studies will be carried-out in
parallel and with the same approach by two PhD candidates, each responsible for one case
study. This call is for a doctoral candidate working on the Penghu Archipelago. The methods
employed will range from archival methods to interviews and surveys. The findings of the two
case studies will continuously be monitored and integrated by the research team to identify
convergences and divergences in the cultural forms of resilience.

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For this position, the tasks include:

• Empirical field work in Penghu Archipelago
• Analysis of findings
• Project-related publications in peer-reviewed journals
• Pursue a doctoral degree in Geography
We offer:
• Inspiring working environment with a focus on human/nature interactions (ranging
from climate change adaptation, environmental changes perception, natural hazards and
disaster research)
• “CUORE” team will closely and continuously collaborate to exchange findings and ideas
on the role of culture in resilience to environmental changes

A university degree in a relevant field.
• Master in Geography, Sinology, Ethnology, Political Science or related field
• Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods
• Excellent command of Mandarin (or Taiwanese Mandarin) and English
• Prior knowledge of the concept of resilience and related current debates is desirable.

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 Dr. Corinna de Guttry: 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 8
th November 2019 to: The application should also include a motivation statement and a short research
outline (Max. 3 Pages).
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.

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