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Doctoral researchers (f/m/d) Research training group "Urban future-making: Professional agency across time and scale"
HafenCity Universität Hamburg (HCU)
The new research training group “Urban future-making: Professional agency across time and scale”
is funded by the German Research Foundation and jointly organized by the HafenCity University
Hamburg (HCU) in cooperation with the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and the University
of Hamburg (UHH).
The three cooperating universities invite applications for 12 positions ideally starting April 1st, 2022 as
Doctoral researchers (m/f/d) – Research training group Salary Level 13 TV-L
with 39 standard working hours per week. The contracts are limited to March 31st, 2025.
In the face of urban growth, climate change and natural resource exploitation, and intensified by the
ongoing coronavirus pandemic, urban areas have become crucial sites where aspired pathways
towards desirable futures are imagined, forecasted and variably negotiated. Through the lens of
“urban future-making”, the research training group will investigate the activities of built environment
professionals in administration, planning and civil society responding to the expected threats and risks
to urban societies. The central question is how responsible professional action can be possible under
present conditions of intensified uncertainty and multiple crises. The research training group will
investigate strategies and interventions related to the urban built environment which address mobility
systems, energy provision and material use as interdependent fields of action where claims for
transformative changes are currently most articulated. The interdisciplinary team of scholars has
backgrounds in sociology, political science, geography, urban studies as well as architecture, urbanand
transport planning and civil engineering.
Completion of a doctoral thesis in your respective discipline within three years and in
correspondence to one or more of the above research areas.
Further contributions to academic research through presentations and publications.
Active participation in the joint activities of the training group and assumption of duties within the selfadministration
and self-organization of the training group.
An above-average Master’s degree or equivalent in one of the involved disciplines.
The activities of the training group will be conducted in both German and English. A very good
command of English is required.
High interest in interdisciplinary exchange and willingness to cooperate, combined with
communication skills on a high level.
Depending on your discipline, the following skills and qualifications are desirable:
Experience in the fields of interdisciplinary urban and spatial research
Professional experience related to the built environment
Experience in empirical social science research
A structured and interdisciplinary qualification programme with colloquia and workshops
An inspiring institutional setting with international guest researchers
Financial support for international research stays
Excellent research infrastructure with project office, joint working spaces and an attractive working
Various support offers as to individual doctoral research projects as well as additional qualification
measures in national and international contexts
Participation in cultural and scientific events of the three cooperating universities
HafenCity University Hamburg, Hamburg University of Technology and University of Hamburg are
family friendly institutions and support the compatibility of family and career.
As equal opportunity employers, the universities follow an equal opportunities and diversity strategy.
They strive to increase the number of women in academia and strongly encourage applications from
suitably qualified female candidates.
Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application
Presence in Hamburg is required for these positions.