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[Met-jobs] PhD position in Marine organic aerosol and impacts on Arctic clouds

From Bernd Heinold <>
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Date Fri, 21 Feb 2020 10:03:05 +0000

The Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) in Leipzig, Germany is a research institute of the Leibniz Association and internationally renowned for excellent research on aerosol and clouds. 


In the Modelling Department, we invite applications for a


PhD student position (m, f, div)


to join the research team working within the Collaborative Research Center TR172 ‘ArctiC Amplification: Climate Relevant Atmospheric and SurfaCe Processes, and Feedback Mechanisms (AC)³’ (, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Within (AC)3, scientists at five national partner research institutions (Universities of Leipzig, Cologne and Bremen, TROPOS and Alfred Wegener Institute) aim to better observe, understand, and simulate processes leading to the current drastic climate changes in the Arctic.


Project description:

The aim of the PhD project is to investigate the formation of marine organic aerosol and its impacts on mixed-phase Arctic clouds using global and regional aerosol climate modelling. The understanding of aerosol life cycles and clouds in the Arctic remains one of the greatest challenges for current climate models. The project will use new satellite products and observations from recent field studies (including the ongoing unique MOSAiC drift experiment with the research vessel Polarstern) to evaluate and improve the representation of clouds and aerosol with a focus on marine organic matter and its cloud forming properties. 


Further questions regarding the project can be emailed to Dr. Bernd Heinold, heinold[at]



Applicants will have a University Master degree in meteorology, (atmospheric) physics, mathematics or related environmental sciences, and interest in atmospheric modelling. The PhD student will be expected to present the results at international conferences and to publish in peer-reviewed journals. Fluent English in written and oral form is mandatory. Experience in aerosol research and atmospheric modelling is of advantage. 


We are offering the possibility to work in an interdisciplinary team at a highly renowned atmospheric research institute, and in one of the most attractive cities in Germany. In addition, there is the opportunity to join the lively Leipzig Graduate School on Clouds, Aerosol and Radiation. 


The employment is limited to three years with possible extension to four years. The salary level is according to the German public service regulation (65% TV-L 13) including the attractive social benefits of the public sector. We specifically invite female candidates to apply. Among candidates of equal aptitude and qualifications, preference will be given to a disabled person. 


If you are interested, please send your complete and meaningful application (including letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, certificates, and contact details of 2 references) by 15 March 2020 exclusively by e-mail in one PDF document:


By submitting the application documents by e-mail, the applicant agrees to the storage/processing of personal data in accordance with Art. 13 DSGVO for the purpose of selecting applicants for this job advertisement. The risks involved in sending documents electronically are hereby pointed out.



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Bernd Heinold
Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Tel:  +49 (0)341 2717 7052

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