Open PhD position for the project „CUORE – Cultures of responses: A cross-cultural analysis of resilience to storms in Penghu Archipelago (Taiwan) and East Frisian Islands (Germany).“ – Hamburg University


Department of Integrative Geography – Universität Hamburg

Salary level 13 TV-L

The deadline for applications is 8th November 2019.

The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on as soon as possible.

This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). The term is fixed for a period of  36 months. The position calls for 65 % of standard work hours per week**.


Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research associates may also pursue independent research and further academic qualifications.

Specific Duties:

The project CUORE analyses the resilience to environmental changes and in particular

to storms in two case studies: the Penghu archipelago (Taiwan) and the East Frisian Islands (Germany). The investigation of the culturally different case studies will be carried-out in parallel and with the same approach by two PhD candidates, each responsible for one case study. This call is for a doctoral candidate working on the Penghu Archipelago. The methods employed will range from archival methods to interviews and surveys. The findings of the two case studies will continuously be monitored and integrated by the research team to identify convergences and divergences in the cultural forms of resilience.

For this position, the tasks include:

  • Empirical field work in Penghu Archipelago
  • Analysis of findings
  • Project-related publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Pursue a doctoral degree in Geography

We offer:

  • Inspiring working environment with a focus on human/nature interactions (ranging from climate change adaptation, environmental changes perception, natural hazards and disaster research)
  • “CUORE” team will closely and continuously collaborate to exchange findings and ideas on the role of culture in resilience to environmental changes


A university degree in a relevant field.

  • Master in Geography, Sinology, Ethnology, Political Science or related field
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Excellent command of Mandarin (or Taiwanese Mandarin) and English
  • Prior knowledge of the concept of resilience and related current debates is desirable.

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 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 contact Dr. Corinna de Guttry: or consult our website at

Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, and copies of degree certificate(s). Please send applications by 8th November 2019 to: The application should also include a motivation statement and a short research outline (Max. 3 Pages).

Please do not submit original documents as we are not able to return them. Any documents submitted will be destroyed after the application process has concluded.