Research Associate on Tropical Root Responses to Experimental Drought


InstitutionFaculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Biology, Institute of Wood Science

Salary levelEGR. 13 TV-L

Start date01.04.2022, the initial fixed term is three years (this is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act [Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG])

Application deadline20.01.2022

Scope of workpart-time

Weekly hours50 % 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

  • investigate tree responses to experimental drought in a wet tropical forest in Puerto Rico (Luquillo Experimental Forest) together with an international team of scientists
  • explore important root functional traits (root and hyphal growth and lifespan and their depth distribution) by image analysis
  • study C partitioning to leaves and roots in response to drought
  • establish a greenhouse experiment in Hamburg with the same tropical tree species to investigate the root drought strategies of saplings / young trees under controlled climate conditions
  • teach at the bachelor and master level (2 teaching hours p/w)
  • write and publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • present results at national and international conferences


A university degree in a relevant field.

Strong skills in root or mycorrhizal ecology, biogeochemistry, and/or image analyses are a plus. Team-orientation and interest in conducting interdisciplinary research as well as being proactive. Willingness for field work in the Luquillo Experimental Forest in Puerto Rico. Excellent German and English communication skills (spoken and written). Basic Spanish communication skills are a plus.

We offer

  • Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • University pensions
  • Attractive location
  • Flexible working hours
  • Work-life balance opportunities
  • Public transport pass (ProfiTicket) and much more
  • 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.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As men are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage men to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable male applicants will receive preference.

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

Tips on applying


Prof. Dr. Ina Christin Meier

+49 40 822459-203

Dr. Daniela Yaffar

+49 40 822459-106

Reference number



Haidkrugsweg 1
22885 Barsbüttel-Willinghusen
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Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please send applications by email to:

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