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Research Associate in Remote Sensing of Land Surface Dynamics § 28 Subsection 1 HmbHG

Your responsibilities

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.

  • conduct impactful research in the field of remote sensing and publish the results in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • engage in teaching (2 LVS), supporting our commitment to educational excellence
  • pursue a doctorate within the project's scope, contributing to our excellent academic environment

Research focus of the position:

The research focus of the position offers a choice among several cutting-edge research topics within the land surface dynamics and natural hazards monitoring domain. Candidate may choose to focus on areas such as land use and land cover changes, land degradation, deforestation, and agricultural landscape monitoring including crop type mapping, yield modelling, and analysis of changes in crop systems. Alternatively, the focus can be on drought monitoring, assessment, and prediction, integrating satellite-based information with climate, crop, and socio-economic models. This flexibility allows for a tailored research path that aligns with the candidate's interests and expertise, contributing to broader themes of sustainable land use and climate adaptation strategies.


Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

We seek a dynamic candidate with a Master's degree in Geography, Remote sensing, Environmental Sciences or a related field with a focus on remote sensing or geoinformation, demonstrating proficiency in handling diverse geodata sources. Essential skills include a solid foundation in remote sensing and/or GIS, programming languages (Python, R), satellite data analysis, geospatial software, machine learning, and statistics. The role requires independent work as well as collaboration in an interdisciplinary team. An enthusiasm for applying interdisciplinary methods, engaging in fieldwork, and bridging Earth Observation with in-situ data collection is crucial. Excellent English skills for writing publications and scientific reports are mandatory, with German language skills advantageous but not essential.

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

General Team information:

By joining the Remote Sensing team at the Geography Institute, Universität Hamburg, you will engage in cutting-edge terrestrial research in the field of Earth Observation. Our team is focusing on exploring land surface dynamics, conducting vegetation assessments, and spearheading the development of innovative remote sensing products in Germany and abroad. We prioritize methodological advancements, utilizing cutting-edge tools such as multi-scale remote sensing, data fusion, and machine/deep learning. Furthermore, you will have access to Universität Hamburg state-of-the-art high-performance computing facilities and a specialized Remote Sensing lab equipped with essential instruments and tools, ensuring comprehensive support for your research.


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 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.


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