Posted on: 28 February, 2019
Application deadline: March 20, 2019

Two Senior Research Associates (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in), HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU), Germany

The interdisciplinary Research Group “Constructing Innovation” at HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) – Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Gernot Grabher – is looking to recruit

Two Senior Research Associates (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in)

(full time, € 45.000 to € 55.000, TVL 13-14)

with a background (a) in geography/urban studies, or (b) in architecture/construction engineering. We are seeking outstanding candidates either with a completed PhD or at an advanced stage of a PhD-project.

The “Constructing Innovation” group is funded by the Department of Academic Affairs of the Hamburg City Council. The consortium consists of three teams at HCU – Urban and Regional Economics (Gernot Grabher); Theory and History of the City (Monika Grubbauer); Structural Analysis and Design (Annette Bögle) – and one team at Hamburg University of Technology – Technology and Innovation Management (Cornelius Herstatt).

The successful candidates will be required to contribute to the consolidation of the research group by supporting its efforts to acquire third party funding. More specifically, we expect

(1)  collaboration on the proposal for a research training group funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) on urban futures;

(2)  the exploration of topics and funding sources connected with research on cities and the built environment, and the preparation of related proposals;

(3)  the planning and organization of academic workshop that are to discuss and frame emerging topics in the scientific community in an early stage.

Experience in empirical research, proven ability to publish, and commitment to funded research and to interdisciplinary work are required. Fluency in German is preferred. We are particularly seeking candidates who are willing to build a postdoctoral project within geography/urban studies or architecture/construction engineering in the exciting new university context of the HCU. The team offers an excellent opportunity for academic development, a collegial atmosphere in an open and multi-disciplinary setting, and international research contacts.

The appointment is to commence at the earliest possible date. The contract will be limited until 30 November 2020. Extension will depend on the success in attracting third party funding.

Established in 2006, the HCU is focused on understanding the development and planning of urban and regional environments (for more information on the interdisciplinary research group visit:

Informal inquiries may be made to the group coordinator, Dr. Joachim Thiel at

Please send your applications (including curriculum vitae, list of publications, record of teaching and research activities, outline of research interests, contact details of three references, and up to three publications) to:

HafenCity Universität


Stellen-Nr.: „2019-12 WiMi Innobau“

Ref.-Nr. 67227

Überseeallee 16

D 20457 Hamburg


Or apply online (preferred) to quoting reference „2019-12 WiMi Innobau“ in the reference line

Closing date for applications: March 20, 2019.