Rese­arch Assist­ant in Water Resources Man­age­ment and Mod­el­ing of Hydro­sys­tems

Technical University Berlin Insti­tute of Civil Engin­eer­ing


Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty VI - Insti­tute of Civil Engin­eer­ing / Water Resources Man­age­ment and Mod­el­ing of Hydro­sys­tems, Research Trainig Group UWI

The Tech­nis­che Uni­ver­si­tät Ber­lin and the Leib­niz-Insti­tute of Fresh­wa­ter Eco­logy and Inland Fish­er­ies (IGB) jointly offer open pos­i­tions wit­hin the DFG Rese­arch Train­ing Group "Urban Water Inter­faces (UWI)":

13 pos­i­tions - Rese­arch Assist­ant - 0.75 work­ing time - salary grade E 13

salary grade E 13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len for TUB pos­i­tions (8 pos­i­tions)
salary grade E 13 TVöD for IGB pos­i­tions (5 pos­i­tions)

under the reserve that funds are gran­ted

Work­ing field:

UWI is an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary Research Train­ing Group fun­ded by the Ger­man Research Found­a­tion (DFG). It brings together aquatic sci­ence and engin­eer­ing, his­tor­ic­ally sep­ar­ate fields with dis­tinct tra­di­tions in water research. By join­ing these per­spect­ives and focus­ing all indi­vidual pro­jects on water inter­faces in cit­ies, the Research Train­ing Group aims to gen­er­ate a new qual­ity of pro­cess under­stand­ing in urban water sys­tems. Other fea­tures of the pro­gram are an innov­at­ive qual­i­fic­a­tion concept and oppor­tun­it­ies to foster inter­dis­cip­lin­ary and inter­na­tional col­lab­or­a­tions. UWI is devel­op­ing innov­at­ive links among empir­ical approaches, exper­i­ments (labor­at­ory and field) and mod­els (con­cep­tual and numer­ical) to describe the dom­in­ant inter­face pro­cesses in urban water sys­tems on dif­fer­ent spa­tial and tem­poral scales as well as across scales.

Over a 3-year period, the doc­toral can­did­ates will receive a qual­i­fied inter­dis­cip­lin­ary train­ing and con­duct ori­ginal research for pub­lic­a­tion of the res­ults in sci­entific journ­als as the basis for receiv­ing a doc­tor­ate degree. To this end, the Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin (TUB) and the Leib­niz Insti­tute of Fresh­wa­ter Eco­logy and Inland Fish­er­ies (IGB), together with part­ners from addi­tional research insti­tu­tions, water man­age­ment bod­ies and local author­it­ies have cre­ated an attract­ive, inter­dis­cip­lin­ary and stim­u­lat­ing envir­on­ment for urban water research. Moreover, the Research Train­ing Group pro­motes inter­na­tional mobil­ity and offers the best pos­sible sup­port to com­plete suc­cess­ful dis­ser­ta­tions.

The 13 newly advert­ised UWI PhD pos­i­tions are organ­ised in four areas. We invite suit­able can­did­ates to apply for the UWI PhD pos­i­tions lis­ted below:

Inter­faces in urban water­sheds
W4: Assess­ing and man­aging eco­hydro­lo­gical sources of urban mois­ture re-cyc­ling and atmo­spheric cool­ing
W5: Ana­lysis of mul­tiple path­ways of dif­fuse pol­lu­tion from the atmo­sphere to the sat­ur­ated soil zone in com­plex urban land­scapes
W6: Mod­el­ling impacts of urban green and blue infra­struc­ture on urban cool­ing based on remote-sens­ing

Inter­faces in urban fresh­wa­ter eco­sys­tems
F5: Effects of invas­ive mus­sels on urban lake water qual­ity for drink­ing water pro­duc­tion by bank fil­tra­tion
F6: Mod­el­ing cyanobac­teria eco­logy and toxin pro­duc­tion
F7: Impact of nat­ural and tech­nical inter­faces on phos­phorus fluxes in urban water sys­tems
F8: Green­house gas dynam­ics in nat­ural and engin­eered urban aquatic sys­tems 

Inter­face urban hypo­rheic zones
H5: Improv­ing reten­tion of trace organ­ics in hypo­rheic zones of met­ro­pol­itan areas
H6: Exten­sion and applic­a­tion of an integ­ral sur­face water–ground­wa­ter model
H7: Impact of enhanced anoxic zones on con­tam­in­ant trans­form­a­tion dur­ing bank fil­tra­tion
H8: Micro­bial trans­form­a­tion of mobile halo­gen­ated aro­mat­ics in redox gradi­ents of urban hypo­rheic zones

Inter­faces in sewer sys­tems
S3: Sewer cor­ro­sion by bio­chem­ical pro­cesses – micro­bi­o­lo­gical invest­ig­a­tions and inhib­i­tion effects
S4: Exten­sion and applic­a­tion of a mul­tiphase flow approach for sewer sys­tems


Suc­cess­ful can­did­ates hold a uni­versity degree (Mas­ter, Dip­lom or equi­val­ent) in Civil, Water or Envir­on­mental Engin­eer­ing, Geosciences, Bio­logy, or a related field and are enthused about the pro­spect of work­ing in an inter­dis­cip­lin­ary col­lab­or­at­ive team of engin­eers and nat­ural sci­ent­ists. Detailed pro­ject descrip­tions and require­ments for each pos­i­tion can be found at Flu­ency in Eng­lish is required for all advert­ised pos­i­tions.

How to ap­ply:

Please send your applic­a­tion with the ref­er­ence num­ber, a let­ter of motiv­a­tion indic­at­ing research interests and exper­i­ence and the pro­ject key(s) (W4-W6, F5-F8, H5-H8, S3-S4), your CV includ­ing 2 ref­er­ences, a let­ter of recom­mend­a­tion (prefer­ably from a pro­fessor), Bach­elor and Mas­ter cer­ti­fic­ates, and your Mas­ter thesis in a single PDF con­tain­ing all applic­a­tion doc­u­ments using the online UWI applic­a­tion plat­form at:

By sub­mit­ting your applic­a­tion via email you con­sent to hav­ing your data elec­tron­ic­ally pro­cessed and saved. Please note that we do not provide a guar­anty for the pro­tec­tion of your per­sonal data when sub­mit­ted as unpro­tec­ted file. Please find our data pro­tec­tion notice acc. DSGVO (Gen­eral Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion) at the TU staff depart­ment homepage: or quick access 214041.

To ensure equal oppor­tun­it­ies between women and men, applic­a­tions by women with the required qual­i­fic­a­tions are expli­citly desired. Qual­i­fied indi­vidu­als with dis­ab­il­it­ies will be favored. The TU Ber­lin val­ues the diversity of its mem­bers and is com­mit­ted to the goals of equal oppor­tun­it­ies.

Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent - Fak­ultät VI, Insti­tut für Bauin­genieur­wesen, FG Wasser­wirtschaft und Hydro­sys­tem­mod­el­lier­ung, DFG Graduier­ten­kolleg UWI, Sekr. TIB1 - B14, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rein­hard Hinkel­mann, Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25, 13355 Ber­lin
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Num. of em­ploy­ees:
ca. 8300
  • Charlottenburg, Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
  • gradu­ate pos­i­tion
  • research assist­ant
Cat­egory (TU Ber­lin):
  • Research assist­ant without teach­ing oblig­a­tion
until 30/06/2024
0.75 working time
Start­ing date (earli­est):
Salary grade E13
  • civil en­gin­eer­ing
  • research
Field of stud­ies:
  • civil en­in­eer­ing
  • bi­o­logy
  • chem­istry
  • geos­ci­ences
  • hydrology / water science
Level of edu­c­a­tion:
Mas­ter, Dip­lom or equi­val­ent
Lan­guage skills:
  • English (excellent knowledge of language)
  • German (excellent knowledge of language)

Make an Ap­plic­a­tion

Clos­ing date:
Re­ference num­ber:
Con­tact per­son:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhard Hinkelmann
By mail:
Technische Universität Berlin
- Der Präsident -
Fakultät VI, Institut für Bauingenieurwesen, FG Wasserwirtschaft und Hydrosystemmodellierung, DFG Graduiertenkolleg UWI, Sekr. TIB1 - B14, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hinkelmann, Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25, 13355 Berlin
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