University of Hamburg, Department of Mathematics

Position ID: 939-POSTDOC [#21641, 501]
Position Title: Postdoctoral position for “Categorification in Quantum Topology” at the University of Hamburg, Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences, Department of Mathematics, Cluster of Excel
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Hamburg, Hamburg 20146, Germany [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Categorification in Quantum Topology
Application Deadline: 2022/12/18 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/11/23, listed until 2022/12/18)
Position Description:    

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Salary level: EGR. 13 TV-L

Start date 01.04.2023 or later, fixed for a period of two years, (fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 of the academic fixed-term labor contract act [Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG]).

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


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 join the research group of Prof. Dr. Paul Wedrich in the Department of Mathematics. This postdoc position is intended to pursue research on categorification in the context of quantum topology and on applications of low-dimensional categories, for example towards link homology and topological quantum field theories. The project is part of an interdisciplinary collaboration between mathematicians and physicists aiming to explore new concepts and observables for quantum fields. Active participation in this collaboration is expected. Postdoctoral research associates will become members of the Quantum Universe Research School (QURS), which provides academic and soft skills training, as well as career planning support. In addition, they will receive individual budgets to facilitate the attendance of summer schools and conferences, and to support other educational measures. Additional travel money for project-specific duties will be provided by the hosting research groups. Postdoctoral research associates may participate in the supervision of doctoral students, teaching at the University, and in the organization of the Cluster via an early career council.

In particular, there is the possibility to take part in the common teaching duties of the group.


A university degree in a relevant field. Research experience equivalent to a PhD. Experience in at least one of the research fields relevant for this project, such as representation theory, low-dimensional topology, or higher categories.

Applications proceed via the online application form and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, list of publications and copies of degree certificate(s). Please also arrange for at least two letters of reference to be emailed to by the application deadline.

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Contact: Prof. Dr. Paul Wedrich, +49 40 42838 5181