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[Met-jobs] PhD position on Radar remote sensing of Arctic mixed-phase clouds (University of Cologne, Germany)

From Stefan Kneifel <>
Date Wed, 3 Jun 2020 18:26:53 +0200

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

PhD position on Observational ice process fingerprints of Arctic mixed-phase clouds

The PhD position is part of the Collaborative Research Center TR172 Arctic Amplification (AC)³ (, whose second phase has started in January 2020.

Background/Objectives: During Phase I of AC³, a W-Band cloud radar has been installed at the German/French research site in Ny-Ålesund/Svalbard and has collected a first long-term dataset of Arctic MPC. During the second phase, this radar will be complemented by a new polarimetric Ka-Band cloud radar. The successful candidate will apply an existing radar forward operator to a multi-month dataset of high-resolution simulations of MPC. These synthetic observations will be used to statistically assess model-observation biases for MPC. The candidate will also help to install and configure the new radar at Ny-Ålesund for long-term but also campaign operations. The candidate will apply polarimetric particle shape retrievals, dual-wavelength radar techniques, as well as polarimetric radar forward operators to those new datasets in order to derive additional constraints for microphysical process simulations. These new observations will be the basis to better understand the observed statistical biases and to achieve consistency between improved high-resolution ICON simulation performed in the partner PhD project and the observed microphysical process signatures.

More information about the project and the position can be found following this link:; If you have specific question please contact Dr Stefan Kneifel, skneifel[at]

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General information:

The positions are available from now on a part-time basis (25,88 hours/week; 65% position). It is limited to 3 years (possible extension by up to 1 year). If the applicant meets the relevant wage requirements and personal qualifications, the salary is based on remuneration group 13 TV-L of the pay scale for the German public sector.

The University of Cologne is committed to equal opportunities and diversity. Women are expressly encouraged to apply and given priority in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Landesgleichstellungsgesetz – LGG NRW). We also expressly welcome applications from people with special needs or of equal status.

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 immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Kind 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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