March 2011
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[Met-jobs] vacancy for a PhD position

From "Keilhauer, Bianca" <>
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Date Tue, 22 Mar 2011 20:28:15 +0100

PhD position for investigating atmospheric influences on space-based observations of extremely high-energy cosmic rays



Job Description:        The systematic study of extremely high-energy cosmic rays (EHECR) is very difficult and protracted by ground-based detectors. The event rate of existing projects is quite low, consequently, new technologies are investigated in order to observe EHECR with high statistics. JEM-EUSO (Extreme Universe Space Observatory onboard the Japanese Experiment Module) is aiming for detecting EHECR from space for the first time. An optical telescope will be attached to the Japanese Experiment module “KIBO” at the ISS (International Space Station) in 2015 and will remain in space for 3 to 5 years.  The altitude of
about 400 km will allow the observation of very large atmospheric volumes.


In order to interprete the detected UV-fluorescence light in terms of energy deposit by EHECR-induced extensive air showers, varying atmospheric conditions like temperature, pressure, humdity and cloudiness have to be taken into account.

Primary assignment of this position will be the identification of necessary meteorological parameter for a full atmosphere-dependent reconstruction of cosmic rays. The required resolution in space and time of the variables have to be determined. Suitable satellite or model data for the designated geographical detection volume have to be applied to this field of astroparticle physics.


Qualification:             Applicants should hold a qualifying degree in physics or meteorology or a related discipline (Master degree or Diploma). The successful candidate is expected to be self-motivated and enthusiastic about exploratory analyses and working in a large, international collaboration. The candidate will have to present and discuss the topic at international conferences and workshops as well as to publish the results in subject-specific journals.


Salary:                        The remuneration is based on Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes  TV-L, E13 and specific Ph.D. conditions.


Institute:                    Institute for Experimental Nuclear Physics (IEKP)


Contract duration:     The position is limited to three years, two years plus one year extension.


Starting Date:            as soon as possible


Application up to:      Review of applications will begin on April 11th, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.


Application:                Please contact Dr. Bianca Keilhauer for further information and send applications to

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie – KIT

Campus Nord – IK

Dr. B. Keilhauer

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1

D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen



KIT is pursuing a gender equality policy. Women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. If qualified, handicapped applicants will be preferred.


For detailed information see


Best wishes,


 B. Keilhauer


Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Institut für Kernphysik
Dr. Bianca Keilhauer

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz1                  Postfach 3640
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen              76021 Karlsruhe  - Germany

KIT - Universität des Landes Baden-Württemberg und 
nationales Forschungszentrum in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft


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