Research Associate (m/f/d, Postdoc) in the Project "Culpable Ignorance – Moral Knowledge in Organizations"

Call for Applications of Hamburg University. Deadline: April 30, 2021

Institution: Faculty of Humanities, Institute of Philosophy

Salary level: EGR. 13 TV-L

Start date: 01.07.2021 or as soon as possible thereafter, fixed until 30.06.2024 (This is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act [Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG])

Application deadline: 30.04.2021

Scope of work: full-time position suitable for part-time


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

Specific Duties

The ideal candidate will pursue a research agenda on organizational ethics or knowledge in organizations and be competent in working with qualitative research methods. The successful applicant will conduct independent research on the topics of the project, participate in regular research events and take on administrative duties such as the organization of workshops and conferences. Given the collaborative nature of the research setting, the successful applicant is expected to work together with other project members to ensure that the project's goals are achieved. More information about the project can be found here:

There are no teaching requirements.


A university degree in a relevant field plus doctorate. Relevant fields include philosophy, sociology, psychology, political science, business economics, management studies, as well as related disciplines.

Applicants should have previous knowledge appropriate to the topics of the project, including competence in some of the following fields: social epistemology, applied ethics, organizational psychology, organizational sociology.

Applicants who can evidence competence in qualitative research methods will be given preference.

Candidates must have excellent research skills commensurate with their career stage.

Applicants will be given preference if they can demonstrate the following:

  • the ability to carry out independent research resulting in publishable papers
  • the willingness and ability to work in a collaborative and highly interdisciplinary research environment
  • experience of giving research presentations
  • excellent organizational skills
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Mastery of the German language is not required. Excellent command of the English language is required.

We offer

  • Reliable remuneration based on wage agreements
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • University pensions
  • Attractive location
  • Flexible working hours
  • Work-life balance opportunities
  • Public transport pass (ProfiTicket) and much more
  • Health management
  • Educational leave
  • 30 days of vacation per annum

As a University of Excellence, Universität Hamburg is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. As a flagship university in the greater Hamburg region, it nurtures innovative, cooperative contacts to partners within and outside academia. It also provides and promotes sustainable education, knowledge, and knowledge exchange locally, nationally, and internationally.

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.

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

Tips on applying

Marco Meyer

Reference number

Überseering 35
22297 Hamburg

Application deadline

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research proposal (1-2 pages)
  • One or two samples of written work, together not exceeding 12.000 words
  • Copies of degree certificate(s)

Please send applications by email to: marco.meyer(at)

Please note that we cannot return application documents. Therefore, do not submit original documents. We will destroy your documents after the procedure has ended.

More information on data protection in selection procedure.

See the Call for Applications (Link)