PhD position in the field of modelling dust emission and transport

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig, Germany
Closing date: 30 September 2019

The position is part of the project “Iceland as a model for high-latitude dust sources – a combined experimental and modeling approach for characterization of dust emission and transport processes” (HiLDA) lead by the TU Darmstadt (Prof. Dr. Konrad Kandler) and TROPOS (Dr. Kerstin Schepanski) and funded for 3 years through the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).


  • Further development of the atmosphere-aerosol model system COSMO-MUSCAT
  • Revision and improvement of the currently implemented dust emission module regarding the representation of dust emission at high latitudes.
  • Contribution to and participation in measurement campaigns carried out in the project’s framework.

Applicants must have a University Master degree in atmospheric physics, meteorology, physics or related environmental science disciplines. The candidate will have a strong interest in environmental processes, in particular processes at the interface soil surface–atmosphere, and a strong interest in atmospheric modeling & numerical model development, and field measurements. Fluent English in written and oral form is mandatory. Experiences in programming, model application and data processing are advantageous.

Further questions regarding the project can be emailed to Kerstin Schepanski,

The position will start ideally on 1 January 2020 and is limited to three years until 31 December 2022.

TROPOS is offering the possibility to work in an interdisciplinary team and a wide range of career and family options as well as flexible working hours and children daycare places.

The employment is temporary and includes a part-time position of 26 hours/week. The salary level is according to the German public service regulation (65% TV-L 13) including the attractive social benefits of the public sector. In order to increase the proportion of female employees in scientific and academic positions, we hereby specifically invite female candidates to apply. People with severe disabilities have priority in their recruitment if they have the same aptitude, aptitude and professional qualifications.

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 30 September 2019 exclusively by e-mail in one PDF document to

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.

Further information about the TROPOS can be found on the homepage.


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