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[Met-jobs] PhD position at research center Juelich, Germany: Characterization of a plant climate chamber for atmospheric chemistry studies

From "Kiendler-Scharr, Astrid" <>
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Date Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:20:27 +0000

Please note the following offer for a PhD position:


Characterization of a plant climate chamber for atmospheric chemistry studies

PhD at IEK-8: Troposphere, FZ-Jülich


With 4400 staff members Forschungszentrum Jülich is the largest interdisciplinary research center in Germany focusing its research in the fields of health, environment and energy, and information technology. At IEK-8: Troposphere simulation chamber experiments, experimental field studies, and model calculations are used to investigate the processes that control the chemical transformation and spatial distribution of trace compounds, and their ultimate removal from the atmosphere. About 60 scientists, engineers, technicians, and doctoral students are currently working at the institute in the field of atmospheric chemistry. Oxidation processes of biogenic emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have recently been discussed as key uncertainties for current descriptions of both the atmospheric self cleaning capacity and the formation of secondary organic aerosol. A key challenge in developing a comprehensive knowledge of VOC oxidation mechanisms is the huge number of individual VOCs emitted from plants. We therefore develop a new plant climate chamber (PLUS) as a source for natural mixtures of biogenic VOCs to study atmospheric oxidation under controlled conditions in our simulation chamber SAPHIR.


Job description


We have an immediate opening for a PhD student focusing on the characterization of a newly developed plant climate chamber. The candidate will determine optimal working parameters for the plant climate chamber and measure the VOCs emitted from plants with mass spectrometric techniques (GC-MS, PTR-MS). Reproducibility of emission patterns and representativeness for atmospheric conditions will be determined in experiments studying the formation of secondary organic aerosol from biogenic emissions.




·         M. Sc. (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, or a related discipline.

·         Experience in mass spectrometry and/or gas chromatographic measurement techniques are a pro

·         Interest in atmospheric chemistry

·         Excellent technical and organizational skills

·         Willingness to communicate research results and to interact within an international research environment


The position is offered for three years. Payment is offered according to the salary scheme for civil service (TVöD). Starting date is as soon as possible.


How to apply


Please send your application (preferably as pdf) including a description of motivation and research interests, detailed CV, publication list and names and contact details of two referees to:


Prof. Dr. Astrid Kiendler-Scharr

IEK-8: Troposphäre

Forschungszentrum Jülich

D-52425 Jülich


Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH
52425 Juelich
Sitz der Gesellschaft: Juelich
Eingetragen im Handelsregister des Amtsgerichts Dueren Nr. HR B 3498
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats: MinDir Dr. Karl Eugen Huthmacher
Geschaeftsfuehrung: Prof. Dr. Achim Bachem (Vorsitzender),
Karsten Beneke (stellv. Vorsitzender), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Bolt,
Prof. Dr. Sebastian M. Schmidt

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