Universität Hamburg - Research Associate

The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on 1 November 2019 or later.

This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor con- tract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of 3 years. The position calls for 39 hours per week.


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

Specific duties:

  • The Cluster of Excellence “Quantum Universe” performs research to understand mass and grav- ity at the interface between quantum physics and cosmology. The research team includes lead- ing scientists from mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology at Universität Hamburg and DESY.

  • The German/Russian air shower experiment TAIGA is collecting data with an unprecedented col- lection area in the energy range between several TeV and tens of TeV. The successful candidate will implement improved analysis techniques for hybrid air shower reconstruction. This includes development of methods based upon simulation and application to data. Additional themes of work relate to the improvement of air shower detection techniques, contributions to CTA, and phenomenology studies of particular dark matter annihilation signals from massive self-annihi- lating particles.

  • Postdoctoral research associates will become member of the Quantum Universe research school (QURS) and through this receive offers for academic training, soft skills, and career planning. In addition, they will receive individual budgets, meant to enable them to attend conferences or other educational and supporting measures. Additional travel money for project-specific duties will be made available via the hosting research groups. Postdoctoral research associates may participate in the supervision of doctoral students, teaching at the University, and in the organ- ization of the Cluster via an early career council.


  • A university degree in a relevant field, a doctorate is preferred. Experience in astroparticle phys- ics, specifically data analysis, reconstruction and calibration methods, air shower and detector simulation. Advanced knowledge in programming (e.g. Python, C/C++, Fortran).

  • The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly encourages women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in ac- cordance 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 Prof. Dr. Dieter Horns (+49 40 8998-2202 ordieter.horns@physik.uni-hamburg.de) or consult our website at www.qu.uni-hamburg.de.

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, copies of degree certifi- cate(s), and three letters of recommendation. Please send applications by 1 September 2019 to:dieter.horns@physik.uni-hamburg.de and office@qu.uni-hamburg.de.

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.