Reserach Associates for the Project “CLICCS -Climate, Climatic Change, and Society”in the Field of Sociology of Science
University of Hamburg Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Science


* Full-time positions currently comprise 39 hours per week.The Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Science(WISO)/ Department of Social Sciences / Institute of Sociologyinvite applications for two


RESEARCH ASSOCIATEs FOR THE PROJECT “CLICCS -Climate, Climatic Change, and Society”In the Field of Sociology of Science


The positions in accordance with Section28 subsection3of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commenceon 1stOctober 2019.


This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section2 of the academic fixed-term labor con-tract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG).


The term is fixed for a period of3 years.The position calls for 65% of standard work hours per week**.


CLICCS  is  an  ambitious  research  program  at  Universität  Hamburg  and  its  partner  institutions. Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), it is part of Germany’s Excellence Strategy.


The  program  aims to  understand  climate  changes,  taking  into  account  internal  variability,  ex-treme events, and unexpected side effects, addressing the naturaland social spheres as well as their interactions. Thus CLICCS’ overarching research question is: which climate futures are possible  and  which  are  plausible? 


CLICCS  will  investigate  how  climate  changes  and  how  society changes with it, thereby feeding back on climate. It will identify those climate futures that are consistent with both climate and social dynamics (possible), and those we expect to unfold with appreciable probability (plausible). PhD candidates are members of our graduate school, which aimsto help young academics thrive through all stages of their training, for more information please check the link:



Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates mayalso pur-sue independent research and further academic qualifications.


Specific Duties:


The research associates will contribute to the analysis of scientific constructions of climate fu-tures in the framework of the CliCCS project B1 "Social constructions of climate futures".


Specific duties include:

-Designing and conducting empirical research on the role of science and scientists in the construction of climate futures. One of the following relevant research interests is desirable: how scientists imagine the future through and beyond climate modeling and IPCC scenarios, their role in media communication and scientific policy advice and the co-constructionof climate futures with stakeholder communities;


-Connecting and integrating their research with other research carried out in the B1 project;


-Presentation of research at international conferences and publication of research results in relevant international journals.




A university degree in a relevant field.


 -A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in sociology, STS or related academic  fields  with  very  good grades


-Advanced knowledge in sociological and STS theories and debates


-Good  proficiency  in  techniques  of  empirical  research,  esp.  qualitative  methods  such  as ethnographic methods, interview techniques and content analysis


-Prior knowledge inthe sociology of the future is desirable-Capacity for teamwork in an interdisciplinary environment


-Fluency in English (spoken and written)


-German language skills are suitable but not necessary


The  University  aims to  increase the  number  of women  in  research  and teaching  and explicitly encourages women to  apply.  Equally  qualified  female  applicants  will  receive  preference  in  accordance  with  the  Hamburg  act  on  gender  equality  (Hamburgisches  Gleichstellungsgesetz, HmbGleiG).


Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.


For  further  information,  please  contactProf.  Dr.  Simone  Rödderor  consult  our  website  at  take  placein late June 2019.


Applications should include a cover letter, a research outline (max 2p.) of a sociological contri-bution to the B1 project (see, a curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s), submitted as one single PDFfile, marked PhD B1-Rödder. Please send applications by 15th June 2019 to:


Please do not submit original documents as we are not able toreturn them. Any documents sub-mitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.

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