Research Associate on dark matter searches § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG

Your responsibilities

Duties primarily include teaching and research. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

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

The responsibilities of this position include independent research on experimental searches for particle dark matter, as well as directed work in the research group, training and supervision of undergraduate and PhD students, and teaching. We contribute to a variety of international experimental efforts (NEWS-G, IAXO, DarkSide-20k, and MIGDAL) in the area dark matter direct detection. It is desired to develop new aspects within this research focus, to formulate concrete objectives and to implement them in a structured way. Teaching duties currently comprise four academic teaching hours per week during teaching periods.

Postdoctoral research associates will become members of the Quantum Universe Research School (QURS), which provides academic and soft skills training, as well as career planning support. In addition, they will receive individual budgets to facilitate the attendance of summer schools and conferences, and to support other educational measures. Additional travel money for project-specific duties will be provided by the hosting research groups. Postdoctoral research associates may participate in the supervision of doctoral students and in the organization of the Cluster via an early career council.

Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

  • research experience equivalent to a PhD in experimental particle physics
  • experience with particle/astroparticle physics experiments from detector development and operation to data analysis and interpretation
  • very good computer programming skills
  • motivation and ability to conduct independent research
  • excellent command of written and spoken English, and good communication skills
  • knowledge of German as well as teaching experience is helpful

We offer

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

Educational leave

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.

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women 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 women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.

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

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