Position as PhD student

  • Full Time
  • Germany

Pending approval of external funding, the Meteorological Institute of the University of Bonn invites applications for a


Position as PhD student (75% E13 TV-L)


within the Priority Programme 2115 „Fusion of Radar Polarimetry and Numerical Atmospheric Modelling Towards an Improved Understanding of Cloud and Precipitation Processes“ (PROM). See https://www2.meteo.uni-bonn.de/spp2115 for more information on PROM and a complete list of job postings within the priority programme.


The position is designed to improve cloud and precipitation schemes in atmospheric models via the exploitation of weather radar polarimetry. The role of ice generation, snow formation via aggregation, snow melting falling, and rain evaporation below the melting layer on precipitation generation will be investigated using the polarimetric C-band radar network of the German Weather Service (DWD). The successful candidate will closely collaborate with a colleague at the University of Leipzig making use of the polarimetric process information for the evaluation and improvement of parameterizations in the ICON general circulation model.


The position is based at the Meteorological Institute of Bonn University, Auf dem Hügel 20, Germany, an internationally  known facility for radar research operating in cooperation with Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH two research polarimetric X-band weather radars.



We welcome applicants preferably with a Masters degree in meteorology or physics and background in radar polarimetry and cloud microphysics. Proficient English language skills in oral and written communication are required. Programming skills in Python are advantageous. It is expected that the candidate closely cooperates with other scientists in the SPP2115 and likes to work in a team. The position will be offered for 3 years starting in January 2019.



Interested candidates should send a CV,  a cover letter describing motivation, background, training and research interests, certificates, and the contact information of two persons, which can be asked for references, as a single PDF of less than 5MB to silke.troemel@uni-bonn.de. The deadline for all applications in PROM is 15 September 2018.




The selection for the positions will be based solely on merit without regard to gender, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital or family status or other differences. Among equally qualified candidates, handicapped candidates will be given preference. Potential candidates will be invited to a joint selection colloquium for all positions in PROM on 17-18 October 2018.



To apply for this job please visit www2.meteo.uni-bonn.de.