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Research Associate for the Project “BASS” Sub-Project 2.2, “Momentum and energy fluxes in the presence of surfactants” § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

Your responsibilities

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

 The position is part of the research group “Biogeochemical processes and Air-sea exchange in the Sea-Surface microlayer (BASS)” funded by the German Research Foundation. The overall goal of BASS is to investigate the importance of the sea-surface microlayer (SML) as a biogeo- and photochemical reactor, and how its reactivity affects ocean-atmosphere interactions. Eight subprojects are collaborating in joint field campaigns in the open North Sea, in a joint mesocosm study at the Sea-Surface Facility of the University of Oldenburg, and in joint experiments at the University of Hamburg Wind-Wave Tank. BASS combines interdisciplinary expertise, advanced technologies for millimeter-scale observations, core infrastructures for controlled experiments, and state-of-the-art analytical facilities at the molecular levels.

The specific goal of subproject 2.2 is to understand the complex, small-scale feedback mechanisms between wind, waves, and sea-surface monolayers, to allow improved analyses of other mechanisms driving fluxes and exchange processes across the SML. In order to achieve this goal, a unique, novel, wind-wave-surfactant measurement system has been developed for the wind-wave tank, with the ability of measuring simultaneously coupled air-water boundary layer dynamics, the evolution of millimeter-scale surface roughness features, and the influence of surfactants thereon. The system comprises a unique combination of state-of-the-art video, laser, digital imaging, and radar technologies, capable of being combined with the SML measurement systems of BASS partners, and having the potential to provide measurements in more complex conditions in a planned second phase of BASS.

The successful applicant will actively participate in laboratory measurements at the University’s wind-wave tank facility, deploying video, laser, wire gauge, and radar sensors. She/he will prepare, organize, and conduct dedicated experiments, and will be responsible for the data analyses and the dissemination of the achieved results.


Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

  • university degree in physics, physical oceanography, or a related field
  • basic knowledge of air-sea interactions, the growth of wind waves and their damping by surfactants
  • ability and willingness to perform laboratory research in an international team
  • programming skills (e.g. Python, Matlab, Labview)

We offer

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Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
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Continuing education opportunities
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University pensions
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Attractive location
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Flexible working hours
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Work-life balance opportunities
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Health management

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Educational leave

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30 days of vacation per annum

Universität Hamburg—University of Excellence is one of the strongest research educational institutions in Germany. Our work in research, teaching, educational and knowledge exchange activities is fostering the next generation of responsible global citizens ready to tackle the global challenges facing us. Our guiding principle “Innovating and Cooperating for a Sustainable Future” drives collaboration with academic and nonacademic partner institutions in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and around the world. We would like to invite you to be part of our community to work with us in creating sustainable and digital change for a dynamic and pluralist society.

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


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