PhD student for the analysis and interpretation of an ACE-Expedition data set (Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition)

Leipzig, 07.09.2017

The Leibniz-Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) participated in the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE), conducting high quality aerosol measurements in the Southern Ocean region. For the scientific analysis and interpretation of the collected unique und unprecedented dataset, TROPOS offers a position for


a PhD student


The position is funded by the DFG in the framework of the SPP 1158- Antarctic research, located in the department of Experimental Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics of TROPOS, and limited to three years. The salary level is according to German public service regulation (TV-L 13, 65%).

As partner of the ACE sub-project SPACE (“Study of Preindustrial-like-Aerosol Climate Effects”), lead by the Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland), we performed 3-months of in-situ cloud condensation nucleus (CCN) measurements, together with aerosol particle filter sampling for offline ice nucleating particle (INP) characterization, during the complete circumnavigation of the Antarctic continent. The offered PhD position comprises, besides the analysis of the collected filter samples, the scientific evaluation and interpretation of the gathered data, with special focus on CCN and INP concentrations, properties, and sources. Publication of the gained results at conferences and in peer-reviewed journals is also part of the positions’ profile.

Applicants should have a master degree in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, physics, chemistry or related disciplines. Ideally, they feature a strong background in atmospheric aerosol science.

The ideal candidates feature pronounced experimental skills, and are interested in theoretical backgrounds. Profound knowledge with respect to analysis software such as Python, R or MatLab is vital. Talent for improvisation and manual skills are desirable. It is mandatory that candidates are fluent in spoken and written English. Our department is active in field-work around the globe and willingness to participate in upcoming campaigns is appreciated.

We offer the possibility for work and collaboration in an interdisciplinary and international team at a world-widely recognized atmospheric science institute, in one of Germany’s most attractive cities.

Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualification handicapped candidates are hired preferentially.




Please send your application until October, 15th 2017 to:

                        Heike Scherf

                        Leibniz-Institut für Troposphärenforschung e.V.

                        Permoserstr. 15

                        04318 Leipzig