Universität Hamburg invites applications for a Research Associate in accordance with Section
28 subsection 1 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz,
HmbHG). The position commences on January 1st, 2018.
It is remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and calls for 50% of standard work hours per week.*
The fixed-term nature of this contract is based upon Section 2 of the Academic Fixed-Term Labor
Contract Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The initial fixed term is three
The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly
encourages qualified women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference
in accordance with the Hamburg Equality Act (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz,
Associates will be expected primarily to conduct research and teach. The associate will have the
opportunity to pursue further academic qualifications, in particular a doctoral dissertation. At
least one-third of set working hours will be made available for the associate's own academic
The Research Associate will actively support the research and teaching activities of the Center
for Bioinformatics (ZBH) in close conjunction with the University's Master Programme in
Bioinformatics. Research activities will be focusing on the development and application of
methods in cheminformatics and computer-aided molecular design. Research Associates will
teach an equivalent of two hours (2 SWS) per week during term time.
We are looking for highly-motivated individuals aiming to obtain a PhD degree at the interface
of the life sciences and informatics. Candidates should have a Diploma or Master's degree in:
• informatics with a life science background
• chemistry with a focus on physical/theoretical or organic chemistry
* Full-time positions currently comprise 39 hours per week.
• biology/structural biology or
• similar qualifications.
Knowledge in the area of chemical biology/organic chemistry/structural biology is a
requirement. Knowledge of Python, Java, R or other programming languages as well as
machine learning are beneficial. The Research Associate will participate in various national and
international research projects, and good communication skills in English are therefore
expected. Good communication skills in German are beneficial.
Severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.
For further information, please contact Prof. Johannes Kirchmair or consult our website at
Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s).