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[Met-jobs] PhD on Radar Remote Sensing of Ice Processes | University of Cologne (Germany)

From Stefan Kneifel <>
Date Fri, 5 Apr 2019 20:05:33 +0200

The Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology (IGMK), University of Cologne, Germany invites applications for a

PhD position (3yrs, 75%) on Radar Remote Sensing of Ice Microphysical Processes in Clouds

Overall objective of the PhD project: We seek a talented student who is enthusiastic about unraveling ice microphysical processes in clouds utilizing novel combinations of state-of-the-art ground-based radar remote sensing techniques such as radar polarimetry, Doppler spectra, and multi-frequency radar. You will have the opportunity to take active part in field campaigns including novel polarimetric cloud radars at our research supersite JOYCE close to Cologne ( You will also have the chance to frequently exchange your observational findings with our excellent modeling partners (U. Cologne and German Weather Service) in the project. This will allow you to develop strategies how the observed fingerprints can be used to evaluate and guide new developments of ice microphysical parameterizations.

About the position and working environment: The PhD position is embedded in the project PROM-IMPRINT (“Understanding Ice Microphysical Processes by combining multi-frequency radar polarimetry and super-particle modelling”) as part of the DFG 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). The position is part-time (29.87 h per week/ 75% position) and salary is based on the German TV-L E13 scale if terms and conditions under collective bargaining law are fulfilled. The PhD student will become part of the Young-Researcher (Emmy-Noether) group OPTIMIce at IGMK ( Additional training opportunities are also offered within the Graduate School of Geosciences.

Application and Requirements: Please send your convincing application including a motivation letter describing background, training, research interests and motivation for this position; your CV, certificates and contact information of two referees all merged into a single PDF via email to skneifel[at] Only complete applications can be considered. A Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in Meteorology, Geosciences, or closely related field is required for this position.

Review of applications will begin after 30th April 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Start Date of the position: July 2019

The University of Cologne promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations. Women are expressly encouraged to apply and given priority in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We expressly welcome applications from individuals with severe disabilities or people of equivalent status. Severely disabled applicants of equal merit and qualifications will be given priority.

For further information about the project and the position, please contact Dr Stefan Kneifel, skneifel[at]

With best regards,

Stefan Kneifel

Dr. Stefan Kneifel
OPTIMIce Emmy-Noether Group Leader
Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology
University of Cologne
Pohligstrasse 3 (Room 3.103), 50969 Cologne, Germany
Phone: +49 221 470 6272

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