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Universität Hamburg
Bundesstraße 55
20146 Hamburg


Duties primarily include research. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties

The Cluster of Excellence “Quantum Universe” performs research to understand mass and gravity at the interface between quantum physics and cosmology. The research team includes leading scientists from mathematics, particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology at Universität Hamburg and DESY.

The successful candidate will join the research group of Prof. Dr. Paul Wedrich in the Department of Mathematics. This postdoc position is intended to pursue research on categorification in the context of quantum topology and on applications of low-dimensional categories, for example towards link homology and topological quantum field theories. The project is part of an interdisciplinary collaboration between mathematicians and physicists aiming to explore new concepts and observables for quantum fields. Active participation in this collaboration is expected.

Postdoctoral research associates will become members of the Quantum Universe Research School (QURS), which provides academic and soft skills training, as well as career planning support. In addition, they will receive individual budgets to facilitate the attendance of summer schools and conferences, and to support other educational measures. Additional travel money for project-specific duties will be provided by the hosting research groups. Postdoctoral research associates may participate in the supervision of doctoral students, teaching at the University, and in the organization of the Cluster via an early career council.


A university degree in a relevant field.

Research experience equivalent to a PhD.

Moreover, experience in at least one of the research fields relevant for this project, such as representation theory, low-dimensional topology, or higher categories. Demonstrated ability to prepare research manuscripts for publication. Demonstrated excellent organizational skills. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Application Instructions

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg promotes equal opportunity. As women are currently underrepresented in this job category at Universität Hamburg according to the evaluation conducted under the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz, HambGleiG), we encourage women to apply for this position. Equally qualified and suitable female applicants will receive preference.

Severely disabled and disabled applicants with the same status will receive preference over equally qualified non-disabled applicants.

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Bundesstraße 55
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Prof. Paul Wedrich
+49 40 42838-5181