PhD Scholarship -"From Famine to Genocide. Climate and Violence in Northern and Central Africa, 1950-2010" - Hamburg - Deadline: Dec. 31, 2010

Job Opportunity: Research Associate "From Famine to Genocide. Climate and
Violence in Northern and Central Africa, 1950-2010", Hamburg/Germany

Im KlimaCampus Hamburg ist im Bereich Afrikanische Geschichte zum Thema:
From Famine to Genocide. Climate and Violence in Northern and Central
Africa, 1950-2010 eine Stelle als Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(Doktorand/in, 65%) zu besetzen:

PhD Position Vacancy

The University of Hamburg jointly with the Max Planck Institute for
Meteorology and the Institute for Coastal Research at the GKSS Research
Centre is establishing a trans-disciplinary research focus on “Integrated
Climate System Analysis and Prediction, CliSAP”. The goal is to analyze
ongoing and past changes of the state of the climate system, in response to
natural and human-driven perturbations, to determine predictable elements of
the climate system over a broad range of space and time scales, and to
determine uncertainties intrinsic to predictions of important climate system
and environmental indices (see

The Cluster of Excellence (CliSAP) invites applicants for the following

“From Famine to Genocide. Climate and Violence in Northern and Central
Africa, 1950-2010”

The project examines the link between environmental change and collective
violence in Northern and Central Africa, 1950-2010. Its aim is to examine
climate (including climate change, environmental degradation and change in
land use patterns and economic production) and its influence on the
likelihood of the occurrence of collective violence (including ethnic
cleansing and genocide).

For this project, the university has a 65% FTE (25 hours/week) position open
for a research associate (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in)

- salary group 13 TV-L - with a starting date of 01.02.2011.

The short-term contract will end after 3 years, in accordance with §§ 27, 28
Hamburg Higher Education Law (Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz); see also § 2
of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz).

The university intends to increase the number of women amongst its academic
personnel and expressly encourages qualified women to apply. In compliance
with the Hamburg Equal Opportunity Law, preference will be given to
qualified female applicants.

General Responsibilities:
A research associate will contribute to the project “From Famine to
Genocide. Climate and Violence in Northern and Central Africa, 1950-2010”.
Within this framework associates will further their academic education, in
particular through the completion of a doctoral dissertation. The data
obtained in the project may be used for the dissertation. PhD students will
participate in CliSAP’s “School of Integrated Climate System Science

A research project related to the environmental history of Central and/or
Northern Africa and/or the history of collective violence. Willingness to
study and research environmental change from both a humanities and science

Academic degree in an academic subject area qualifying the holder to carry
out the above-mentioned responsibilities.

For an informal discussion of your application please send an email to Prof.
Dr. Jürgen Zimmerer:

Applications (including information about the received degree and the
current CV) and an outline of the research project should be sent to:

Universität Hamburg
CliSAP Office
Code/Reference Number PhD/JZ
Grindelberg 5
20144 Hamburg

or to

The deadline for receipt of applications December 31st, 2010 . For more
information please see our website at

Preference will be given to disabled applicants with equal qualifications.


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zimmerer
Historisches Seminar
Universität Hamburg
Von-Melle-Park 6
20146 Hamburg
Tel. (Secr.) +4940428384841; +494042838-2591, Fax.: +494042838-2371