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[Met-jobs] Vacancy: 3 PhD positions related to aerosol-cloud interaction at Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Leipzig, Germany

From Patric Seifert <>
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Date Wed, 22 Aug 2018 12:05:01 +0000

Pending approval of external funding, Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Leipzig, Germany  invites applications for 3 PhD positions starting January 2019 within the Priority Programme 2115 „Fusion of Radar Polarimetry and Numerical Atmospheric Modelling Towards an Improved Understanding of Cloud and Precipitation Processes“ (PROM).
See <> for more information on PROM and a list of job postings within the Priority Programme. The list will
be completed in the following weeks. Besides others, 3 vacancies at TROPOS in Leipzig are already posted:


1)     One PhD position is placed within the 2-PhD project Polarimetry Influenced by CCN aNd INP in Cyprus and Chile (PICNICC).  The project is dedicated to the characterization of aggregation and riming processes in mixed-phase clouds and their susceptibility to variations in the aerosol load, taking into account the role aerosol particles play as nuclei for cloud droplets and ice crystals. Basis for the study are observations of a polarimetric 35-GHz Doppler cloud radar operated in slanted linear depolarization ratio (SLDR) mode which are accompanied by co-located observations of a remote-sensing supersite, including a 94-GHz FMCW cloud radar, Polarization Raman lidar, Doppler lidar, microwave radiometer,  micro rain radar, and disdrometer.  12 months of observations under aerosol-laden conditions are available from Cyprus. The successful PhD candidate will be involved in another 12-months field experiment DACAPO-PESO ( see ) that will take place in 2019 in Punta Arenas, Chile, and will provide cloud and precipitation observations under virtually aerosol-free conditions. The PhD position to be filled will be inter-related with a second PhD position situated at Leipzig Institute for Meteorology (LIM) of University of Leipzig.


2)     Two PhD positions are ready to be filled for the project Spectrally resolved Polarimetric Observations and Modelling of Clouds (SPOMC) . SPOMC is dedicated to the investigation of the capabilities of spectrally-resolved full-polarimetric Doppler cloud radar observations (operated in hybrid- or simultaneous-transmission-simultaneous-reception (STSR) mode) to provide insights into the distribution of the different hydrometeor types in the same volume of air. Two inter-related PhD projects will work on deriving estimates of the hydrometeor ratio of cloud and precipitation particles from spectrally resolved polarimetric Ka-band Doppler cloud radar observations (PhD-1, settled in the Remote-Sensing Department of TROPOS, Patric Seifert as well as from a spectral-bin microphysical model (PhD-2, settled in the Modeling Department of TROPOS, Oswald Knoth


More information on the vacancies can be found in the attachment and here:


Interested candidates should send a CV, a cover letter describing motivation, background, training, and research interests, certificates, and the contact information of two persons, which can be asked for references, as a single PDF to <>.


The deadline for all applications in PROM is 15 September 2018.


Looking forward to work with you,

Patric Seifert, Oswald Knoth, Heike Kalesse (LIM).




Dr. Patric Seifert

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)

Permoserstr. 15

04318 Leipzig



fon: +49-341-2717-7080

fax: +49-341-2717-99-7080






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Attachment: Jobposting-SPOMC.PDF
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