Research Associate supporting the UNESCO chair on „Societal Climate Change and resilience“ § 28 Subsection 3 HmbHG


The University of Hamburg has established a UNESCO chair in ‘Societal Climate Change Research and Resilience’ in order to promote an integrated system for dealing with the impacts of climate change. Climate change is one of the most urgent global threats, and dealing with its impacts is predominantly a socio-cultural endeavor. To counter the current deficit of action, activating approaches are called for that generate new practices and empower local communities in the process. Against this background, the chair focuses on co-production of readily applicable knowledge through innovative social science methods, with a particular focus on small islands. It will support reciprocal learning and build effective cooperation through targeted networking, the development of educational material, trainee programs for multipliers, etc. spanning different cultural regions in the global South and North. It will also critically reflect on the application of these methods and the opportunities and challenges inherent in knowledge transfer across cultural contexts.

The position is designed to support the UNESCO chair’s objectives and engagement and enables further qualification in thematically related fields. This is an exciting opportunity for combining research, teaching and training, as well as community engagement and communication. The position will suit individuals interested in questioning current narratives about climate change in the quest for social resilience and finding effective ways of exploring, transferring and disseminating different forms of knowledge.

Your responsibilities

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

  • self-responsible managing an interdisciplinary collaboration network of small island scholars
  • developing innovative course syllabi and teaching material on societal climate change issues on small islands
  • exploring new ways of training and disseminating climate change action at the local (community) level
  • developing and implementing an approach to critically monitor the activating approaches chosen, the co-production of knowledge in different contexts and the conditions for successful knowledge transfer
  • critically evaluating and optimising transfer activities in the field of climate change action
  • integrating the UNESCO chair’s work in the Centre of Excellence CLICCS at the University of Hamburg
  • publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and presentation at scientific conferences

Your profile

A university degree in a relevant field.

  • experience in self-responsible and independent research in a field of societal climate research in disciplines such as Geography, or in a field dealing with climate change issues from a societal perspective
  • very good oral and written communication skills in English and German
  • experience and good organisational skills of workshops, conferences and international meetings
  • good teamwork abilities
  • willingness to independently and self-responsible support the chair holder in her UNESCO networking work and engagement

Additional skills and knowledge

  • experience in small island studies and in climate change adaptation processes
  • experience in organising and managing workshops, scientific meetings and conferences
  • experiences in developing innovative educational material and course syllabus
  • experiences in scientific publications and editing academic and/or non-academic literature

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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