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[Met-jobs] New Job - Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH - D056/2016

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Date Tue, 24 May 2016 16:47:15 +0200

Forschungszentrum Jülich pursues cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on the pressing issues of our time and undertakes a multitude of tasks in the area of research management. It helps to solve the grand challenges facing society in the fields of energy and environment as well as information and the brain. With more than 5,700 employees, Jülich – a member of the Helmholtz Association – is one of the large interdisciplinary research centres in Europe.

Ph.D. work: New instrument for the detection of atmospheric trace gases with chemical ionization mass spectrometry

Advertising institute: IEK-8 - Troposphere

Reference number: D056/2016, Physics, chemistry, environmental sciences

The Institute for Energy and Climate Research, Troposphere (IEK-8), investigates the chemical and physical processes in the troposphere that impact the chemical composition of the atmosphere. We are seeking for a new Ph.D. student (physics, chemistry, environmental sciences) in the working group “Radicals and Photochemistry”. The Ph.D. work will be done within a three-year program of the Graduate School HITEC.

The majority of organic compounds in the atmosphere are emitted by plants. Within an EU ERC-Grant project at IEK-8 their photochemical transformation is being investigated. Because of the challenging detection of short-lived radicals that are responsible for these processes one focus of the Ph.D. work will be the development of new instrumental methods based on chemical ionization mass spectrometry (CIMS). The second focus of the work will be experiments at the unique atmosphere simulation chamber SAPHIR at IEK-8 to investigate the photochemical degradation of organic species up to the level of real plant emissions. The planning and execution of experiments require a high level of teamwork, because the interpretation of the complex chemical processes is only possible by involving a large number of other measurements. The evaluation of experiments are done by looking at the chemical budget and by comparing measurements with model calculations, in order to improve the prediction of secondary atmospheric pollutants.


  • Master degree in physics, chemistry, environmental sciences or a related field
  • Profound knowledge of laser spectroscopy

We offer:

  • An exciting, inter-disciplinary team work
  • Excellent scientific environment and technical facilities
  • Broad spectrum of training in the Graduate School HITEC ( and the Forschungszentrum
  • Payment und social benefits based on the labour agreement of the public sector employment (TVöD)

For further information about the topic please contact Dr. Hendrik Fuchs,
Phone: +49 2461 61-6741, e-mail:

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women. We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Please send your application - quoting the reference number and the position of interest - with the relevant documentation to:
Mr. Karl Beumers
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Institut für Bio- und Geowissenschaften
52425 Jülich



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