PhD student position (m/f/d)

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Leipzig

The Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research is part of the Leibniz Association and an internationally renowned institute in the field of aerosol and cloud research. In the Atmospheric Chemistry Department the tropospheric multiphase system is investigated by field measurements and analysis, laboratory studies and multiphase modelling.

In the framework of different projects we are looking for highly motivated Ph.D. students to work on different topics of atmospheric chemistry: 


  • Ozone and its coupling to volatile organic compounds (VOC) as precursor gases: The project includes a literature review on ozone as a re-emerging air pollutant, in-depth data analysis of ozone in the federal state of Saxony, and experimental work with gas-chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) as well as proton-transfer-reaction MS (PTR-MS) to measure VOCs in field campaigns and at our research station Melpitz
  • Modelling of tropospheric heterogeneous chemistry: This project deals with chemical mechanism and numerical model development to improve the treatment of complex gas- and aqueous phase chemistry, as well as heterogeneous reactions on surfaces. A chemical mechanism module will be written based on compiled laboratory data, kinetics and reaction mechanisms, and complex modelling studies will be performed
  • New approaches to study tracers of secondary organic aerosol (SOA): This project will focus on technological and analytical advances to improve our understanding of SOA as one of the most important constituents of atmospheric particles. New sampling and measuring instrumentation will be build, characterized, and applied in the field. The analytical work includes both target and innovative non-target approaches


Applicants should have a Master’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental sciences, meteorological sciences or related disciplines. Experiences in atmospheric sciences, analytical chemistry, atmospheric measurement techniques, numerical modelling (preferably in Fortran), and data analysis using programming languages like R, Matlab or Python are of advantage.

Fluent English in written and oral form is mandatory. A cumulative dissertation including three publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals will be expected.

Further questions regarding the projects can be emailed to Prof. Hartmut Herrmann (herrmann(at)tropos.de).

You will be offered:

  • The opportunity to work in an international group of collaborative colleagues that will support you in obtaining your career goals
  • Exposure to a network of experts and students in an interdisciplinary team to enhance your communication skills and career perspectives
  • Flexible working hours and children day-care opportunities for applicants with children
  • A salary level 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 specifically invite female candidates to apply. People with severe disabilities have priority in their recruitment if they have the same aptitude and professional qualifications.

Please send your application including a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, certificates, your earliest possible availability, and, if possible, contact details of 2 references by 13 September 2020 exclusively by e-mail in one PDF document to bewerbung(at)tropos.de.

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