PhD position

Leipzig, 12.06.2017

Development and application of automatic lidar aerosol typing algorithms for satellite validation and model assimilation/evaluation

The Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) is an internationally renowned institute in the field of aerosol and cloud research. Its Ground‐based Remote Sensing group offers a 3‐year PhD position (65% TV‐L EG 13) in the framework of validation of the upcoming satellite lidar missions ADM‐Aeolus and EarthCARE with ground‐based lidar systems.

TROPOS is operating several automated and continuously measuring multiwavelength‐ Raman‐polarization lidar systems ( worldwide. The lidars are embedded in the PollyNET, EARLINET, and GALION networks. The aim of this PhD work is to develop a sophisticated automatic aerosol typing based on existing lidar measurements, which will be used for upcoming validation efforts of the new space‐borne lidar missions and for data assimilation purposes. Optical as well as microphysical retrievals are planned to be considered together with optimal estimation approaches. As a basis for the validation efforts, the successful candidate will be also involved in the quality assurance of the Polly lidar measurements and develop automatic tools for this issue.


  • Successful Master (M.Sc.) or equivalent in natural science (physics, meteorology, or similar)
  • Programming skills, best in Matlab and Python
  • Knowledge of lidar data analysis
  • Interest in atmospheric processes

Among candidates of equal aptitude and qualifications, preference will be given to a disabled person. TROPOS is committed to increase the fraction of female scientists and particularly encourages qualified female researchers to apply.

Please submit your application as pdf until 1 August 2017 to:

Dr. Holger Baars
Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany
E‐Mail: holger.baars[at]
Phone: +49 341 2717 7168