Research associate for the project “Cluster of Excellence Quantum Universe” Defects as probes of dualities Universität Hamburg, Department of Mathematics, Analysis and Differential Geometry i Germany

The Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Mathematics,
Analysis and Differential Geometry invites applications for a

Research associate for the project
“Cluster of Excellence Quantum Universe”
Defects as probes of dualities

- Salary Level 13 TV-L -

The position in accordance with Section 28 subsection 3 of the Hamburg higher education act
(Hamburgisches Hochschulgesetz, HmbHG) commences on 1 July 2019 or later.
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 3 years.
The position calls for 26 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 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 work on the geometric structures of hyper-Kähler or quaternionic
Kähler manifolds relevant for string theory, supergravity and supersymmetric quantum field theories. A large family of interesting examples is provided by Hitchin’s moduli spaces. The goal is
to mathematically characterise the quantum corrections predicted by theoretical physics. The
candidate will work on a PhD project jointly supervised by Vicente Cortés and Jörg Teschner. She
or he will be part of an interdisciplinary team of mathematicians and mathematical physicists
and contribute to its scientific activities.

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Doctoral research associates will become members of the Quantum Universe research school
(QURS) and through this receive offers for academic training, soft skills, and career planning. In
addition, they will receive individual budgets, meant to enable them to attend summer schools,
conferences or other educational and supporting measures. Additional travel money for projectspecific duties will be made available via the hosting research groups. Doctoral research associates may actively participate in the organization of the Cluster via an early career council.

A university degree in a relevant field. Research experience, for instance by an excellent Master’s
thesis or a publication, involving differential geometry with connections to mathematical physics.
The University aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching and explicitly
encourages women to apply. Equally qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with the Hamburg act on gender equality (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz,

Qualified disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status receive preference in the application process.
For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Vicente Cortés (+49 40 42838-5166 (direct) or
-5174 (secretary); or Prof. Dr. Jörg Teschner (+49 40 42838-
6963;, or consult our website at
Applications should include a cover letter, a tabular curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificate(s), and two letters of recommendation. Please send applications by 15 May 2019 to:,, and
Later applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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.

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