Postdoc for microplastics in aerosol particle research project AirPlast (m, f, div, n.d.)

Leipzig, 05.10.2022

The Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research is part of the Leibniz Association and an internationally renowned institute in the field of aerosol and cloud research.


Within the framework of the Leibniz-SAW project AirPlast, the Atmospheric Chemistry Department (ACD) is looking for a:n highly motivated:n postdoc working on aging processes of synthetic polymers, their degradation products and chemical interactions with other gaseous or particulate compounds in the atmosphere. Specifically, the AirPlast project aims at an integrative understanding of the sources, occurrence, transport, and physicochemical evolution of synthetic polymers as environmentally relevant micro- and nanoplastics in atmospheric aerosol particles.



  • Supervision of a PhD student for development and application of analytical methods for the determination of synthetic polymers in atmospheric aerosol particles.
  • Conceptual design, execution and evaluation of measurement work at the TROPOS research station Melpitz and in the Leipzig area with atmospheric particle sampling and subsequent laboratory analysis
  • Performance of laboratory aging and decomposition experiments in multiphase reactors and the aerosol simulation chamber ACD-C
  • Participation in the coordination of the AirPlast project
  • Organization of project meetings incl. preparation and follow-up
  • Collaboration and coordination for the preparation of project reports
  • Evaluation, analysis and interpretation of the measurement data of the AirPlast project.
  • Preparation of scientific publication, dissemination of results via conferences and public relations
  • Close interdisciplinary cooperation with the other national project partners, coordination of the activities in the project
  • Co-organization and participation in laboratory and field measurement campaigns.



The candidate(s) should have a Ph.D. in chemistry, environmental science, or related disciplines. Experience in atmospheric sciences, analytical and possibly physical chemistry is desired, and theoretical and/or practical knowledge of GC-MS would be helpful. Knowledge of atmospheric measurement techniques, experience in data analysis using statistical methods, and knowledge of programming languages such as R, Matlab, or Python is a plus. Fluency in written and spoken English is mandatory. Further questions can be directed by email to Prof. Hartmut Herrmann (


You will be offered:

  • The opportunity to work as a postdoc in an international group of colleagues who will support you in achieving your career goals.
  • Close contacts with a network of experts and students in an interdisciplinary team to improve your communication skills and career prospects.
  • An exciting workplace with varied activities in an interdisciplinary work environment and a variety of work-life balance offers, as well as flexible working hours and daycare facilities.
  • The position is to be filled as soon as possible and is temporary until the end of the AirPlast project at the end of April 2024. It includes a full-time position with 40 hours/week. Remuneration at TV-L pay group 13, including the attractive social benefits of the public sector, is envisaged.


In order to increase the proportion of female employees in scientific and academic positions, we expressly encourage women to apply. Severely disabled persons will be given preference in the event of equal suitability and professional performance.


If you are interested, please send your complete and meaningful application documents (incl. certificates, curriculum vitae and, if possible, contact details of 2 references) by 15.11.2022 exclusively by e-mail in one coherent PDF document to under the keyword "ACD-AirPlast": bewerbung[at]


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