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Research associates / Postdoc (f/m/d) Research training group "Urban future-making: Professional agency across time and scale"
HafenCity University 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).
Within the framework of this cooperation, we invite applications for two positions at HCU, ideally starting
April 1st, 2022 as
Research associates (m/f/d) – Research training group (Postdoc) Salary Level 14 TV-L
with 39 standard working hours per week. The contracts are limited to March 31st, 2025, with the
option of extension until September 30th, 2026.
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.
An independent scientific contribution within the framework of the interdisciplinary research
programme of the research training group that serves academic qualification. This includes the
opportunity for habilitation.
This contribution should address the agency of built environment professionals at the intersection of
reflection and solution-oriented approaches and should make a theoretical and methodological
contribution to the overall programme.
The positions are envisioned to cover the spectrum of the social sciences (sociology, political
science, geography, urban studies) and built environment disciplines (architecture, planning,
Publication and presentation of research results, also as a contribution to the international visibility of
Active participation in the joint activities of the training group, contribution to the publications of the
training group, and assumption of duties in the organization of scientific events within the selfadministration
and self-organization of the training group.
A completed PhD in one of the disciplines of the research training group.
Publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals.
Excellent knowledge of and experience with research methods.
The activities of the training group will be conducted in both German and English. Excellent
command of English is required.
High interest and proven experience 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, including interdisciplinary,
third party funded research projects, or
Professional experience related to the built environment
Experience in empirical social science research
Experience in the organization of scientific events
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 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.