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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral position at LMU Munich: Rocketborne ion mass spectrometry

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Date Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:06:06 +0000

The Chair for Atmospheric Physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) München invites applications for a



Postdoctoral Position




Rocketborne ion mass spectrometry



The position is part of a research project in which in-situ measurements with sounding rockets are foreseen to investigate neutral atmosphere and ionosphere conditions during strong radar echoes from the polar winter mesosphere (so-called polar mesosphere winter echoes, PMWE, ca. 60-80 km altitude). In collaboration with the DLR-Institute of Atmospheric Physics, the Chair of Atmospheric Physics at LMU is preparing an ion mass spectrometer which is to be launched on one of two currently scheduled sounding rockets. The aim of these ion measurements is to characterize the ion composition in the vicinity of PMWE for which so far no conclusive generation mechanism has been proposed. Particular emphasis will be given to the detection of large cluster ions (up to nanometer scale) which might possibly play an important role in the generation of these radar echoes.


We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with experimental skills in the field of mass spectrometry. The position is initially awarded for 15 months (payscale TV?L E13 100%) with the possibility for further extension pending future funding decisions. The postdoctoral researcher will be placed at the Institute for Atmospheric Physics at the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (German Aerospace Center, DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, see for further information.


For more information please contact Prof. Markus Rapp (markus.rapp[at]


Essential skills:

- Ph.D. degree in physics or equivalent

- Laboratory experience with mass spectrometry

- Good knowledge of spoken and written English

- Good communication skills


Advantageous skills:

- Experience in cryo techniques

- Experience with quadrupole mass spectrometry

- Knowledge in Atmospheric Physics


Interested candidates should send a complete application package (CV; cover letter describing background, training and research interests; certificates; list of publications, contact information of a referee) as a single PDF to Prof. Markus Rapp (markus.rapp[at] with copy to Dr. Hans Schlager (hans.schlager[at] Applications are being accepted immediately. The position is open until filled.

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