PhD position – modeling microbial processes in clouds

University Clermont-Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Closing date: 15 January 2019

The group Biometa (Cloud Group) at the Institute for Chemistry (ICCF), University Clermont-Auvergne, is seeking a PhD student to extend existing process models to describe biological processes in clouds.

The research group is the leading group to analyze data from the near-by Puy de Dôme (France) and other locations for biological cloud water and aerosol constituents. The current project will complement these activities by developing models to describe the role of microbiota in clouds on various scales.


  • Review of existing data on microbial processes in aqueous media; classification of data
  • Development of a scheme describing microbial processes to be included in an existing cloud model
  • Sensitivity studies with a cloud process model to identify most uncertain parameters and missing data
  • Simulation of case studies for scenarios at the Puy de Dôme using process, mesoscale and/or regional models


  • MSc or equivalent in atmospheric science, chemistry or physics or related scientific discipline
  • Ability to work with laboratory and field scientists to discuss experimental data
  • Background in cloud chemistry, biology and/or physics
  • Knowledge of Fortran or other common programming language
  • Good command of both written and spoken English

1 421 € net salary/month (including social security)
The term of appointment is for three years.
Planned project start is expected in Spring 2019.

Applicants should upload his/her CV and a letter of motivation to the job portal:, and also send them together with the contact details of two references before January 15th to Barbara Ervens (

The position is funded by the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR) under the ‘Investments for the Future’ program, within the framework of the initiative ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’.

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