3-year PhD position on cloud radiative effects over Central Europe

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Leipzig, Germany
Closing date: 01 April 2019

The Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) is an internationally renowned institute in the field of aerosol and cloud research. Its satellite remote sensing work group is offering a 3 year position for a PhD Research Assistantship (based on tarif TV-L E13, 65% part time). The planned research will contribute toward to the German collaborative research project MetPVNet and ESA’s upcoming EarthCARE satellite mission, and shall be carried out in close cooperation with the project partners.

The successful candidate (male/female/diverse) will utilize METEOSAT SEVIRI and other multispectral satellite observations for the overall goal of assessing the radiative effects of clouds over Central Europe, with special consideration given to the effects of cloud type and vertical structure. The planned work includes the application of advanced machine learning methods for developing a cloud type classification, the comparison and synergistic combination of multi-spectral satellite images with profiles of cloud properties inferred from active instruments operated at European supersites, and the use of radiative transfer models to simulate the radiative effects of clouds.

An excellent candidate with an MSc degree (or equivalent) in Meteorology, (Atmospheric) Physics, Mathematics, Informatics or Geosciences is sought. Fluency in English and the ability to clearly present research results both in spoken and written form are essential. Strong programming skills (preferably Python as well as experience with compiled languages such as Fortran and C) are highly desirable.

Interested candidates should send a complete application, including CV, cover letter, certificates and contact information for one reference via mail or as a single PDF document by e-mail. Review of applications will begin on 1. April 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. A quick start of employment is desirable.

Among candidates of equal aptitude and qualifications, preference will be given to disabled persons. TROPOS is committed to increase the fraction of female scientists and particularly encourages qualified female applicants to apply.

Dr. Hartwig Deneke
Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany
E-Mail: deneke@tropos.de
Phone: +49 (0)341 2717 7168

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