Research Associate for the project “TRR 181 Energy transfer in Atmosphere and Ocean”

Universität Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate for the project “TRR 181 Energy transfer in Atmosphere and Ocean” in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG).

TRR 181 is a collaborative project between the Universities Hamburg and Bremen (Germany) funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for initially four years with possible extension for eight years. Further participating institutions are Alfred-Wegener-Institut Bremerhaven, Jacobs University Bremen, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie Hamburg, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Leibniz-Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde, and Leibniz-Institut für Atmosphärenphysik, Kühlungsborn.

Physical oceanographer, meteorologists and applied mathematician are working together in the project

  1. to understand the energy transfers between the different dynamical regimes – smallscale turbulence, internal gravity waves and geostrophically balanced motion – in both atmosphere and ocean,
  2. to develop, to test, and to implement new and consistent parameterisations in models, and
  3. to develop mathematical and numerical methods featuring consistent energetics.


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, HmbGleiG).


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

Specific Duties:

– Data analysis of in-situ observations from ship surveys and mooring arrays conducted near the continental slope off Greenland

– Assistance with preparation as well as participation in sea going cruises; onboard data analysis and supervision of measurements.

– Evaluation of eddy-induced mixing and energy conversion, as well as typical eddy properties and lifetimes from observations and model runs.


A university degree in a relevant field. with doctorate. Of advantage is experience in observational data processing and analysis. Cooperation with other scientists (especially within the TRR) will be expected; and the willingness to participate on research cruises at sea.


Pdf document with more information here.

TRR homepage.

Job offer here.


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