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[Met-jobs] PhD position in water vapor of the middle atmosphere

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The Institute of Applied Physics (IAP) at the University of Bern is leading in the field of microwave remote sensing of the atmosphere, particularly of ozone and water vapor. We operate several instruments in Switzerland and abroad in the frame of NDACC (Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change). Based on measurements from these instruments and from complementary data as well as from models we aim at understanding the temporal variability of water vapor in the middle atmosphere and its links to ozone.

We are currently searching for a

PhD student in middle atmospheric water vapor

 Job description

Operation of MIAWARA, the middle atmospheric water vapor radiometer, from the Zimmerwald observatory near Bern, Switzerland. Perform profile retrieval from spectra. Investigation of temporal variability e.g. two day wave or tidal effects of strato-mesospheric water vapor as measured with MIAWARA, and comparison with WACCM model. Trajectory mapping based on other NDACC instruments.

In addition there will be the chance for an active contribution to the existing collaboration with the Sookmyung Womens University in Seoul, South Korea, where another of our water vapor radiometers is operated.

 Your profile

You have a master degree in physics, environmental sciences or similar. You enjoy working in an interdisciplinary and multinational research environment. You love to be involved in running instruments but also enjoy data analysis and interpretation. Being an enthusiastic researcher and a good team player will help to ensure your success in completing your doctoral position in this exciting field of study.

The position is available from June 2013 or later. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 Applications (including CV, diplomas, addresses of referees) shall be sent by email to Prof. Niklaus Kaempfer

For more details about us see 

and for more details about the instrument see

Prof. Dr. Niklaus Kaempfer
Institute of Applied Physics
University of Bern
Sidlerstr. 5
CH-3012 Bern


Tel: +41 31 631 89 08
Fax:+41 31 631 37 65


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