PhD position on water vapor observations and data assimilation

University of Cologne, Germany
Closing date: 30 April 2024

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

PhD position on water vapor observations and data assimation.

The announced position is funded by the German Weather Service (DWD) within the program “Extramurale Forschung” with the goal to develop new procedures and methods or improve existing ones that are relevant for DWD operations.

Your tasks

  • Setup, operate and assess novel ground-based water vapour lidar and scanning microwave radiometer measurement systems
  • Participation in observational campaigns of the Hans-Ertel-Centre for Weather Research
  • Simulation of observations within the DWD model ICON
  • Characterize the impact of novel water vapour profilers by means of data assimilation experiments in ICON
  • Active participation in research communication (seminars, conferences, publication in international journals)

Your profile

  • MSc in Meteorology or a related field
  • Convincing and demonstrable knowledge/experience in atmospheric remote sensing and/or atmospheric modelling
  • Advanced programming experience with state-of-the-art UNIX or LINUX operating system
  • High willingness to collaborate with scientists of the University of Cologne, DWD and other partner institutions and to establish new scientific cooperations
  • Ability to work in teams as well as independently
  • Very good communication skills in written and spoken English

Supervisor: PD Dr. Ulrich Löhnert (

The reference number is Wiss2403-15.