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Reference number: 2019D-144


The Institute for Energy and Climate Research, Troposphere (IEK-8), investigates chemical and physical processes which control the formation of secondary pollutants in the atmosphere, such as ozone and aerosols. A good understanding of these processes is essential to improve air quality and mitigate climate change. Photochemical oxidation of volatile organic compounds by hydroxyl radicals is a major contributor to the formation of secondary pollutants. Organic compounds are emitted into the atmosphere by anthropogenic activities, but also to a large extent by plants.

We are offering a

Ph.D. position "Impact of plant emissions on air quality"

Your Job:

The atmospheric simulation chamber in Jülich, one of the world`s leading facilities for atmospheric-chemical mechanism studies, offers the opportunity to investigate the chemical transformation of real plant emissions under natural conditions. State-of-the-art measuring instruments for trace gases, radicals and particles are available for experimental observations, which are interpreted and compared with atmospheric chemical models. The goal is to identify gaps in our current knowledge and finally improve air quality models.

Your tasks in detail:

  • Experiments in the atmospheric simulation chamber SAPHIR
  • Planning of experiments with natural plant emissions and determination of chemical conditions
  • Coordination of the execution of experiments
  • Measurement of atmospheric trace gases specifically of organic compounds with state-of-art instrumentation
  • Data interpretation using chemical box modelling to simulate observations
  • Participation in international conferences and publication of the findings in peer-reviewed journals.

Your Profile:

  • Masters degree in physics, chemistry, environmental sciences or a related field
  • Profound knowledge of atmospheric chemistry
  • Good experimental skills and interest in working on complex, custom-built instruments
  • Good skills in data evaluation using mathematical script routines
  • Ability to work in a team

Our Offer:

  • An exiting task in a highly motivated group
  • An international and interdisciplinary working environment at one of Europe`s largest research Establishments
  • Excellent scientific environment and top technical and scientific facilities
  • Possibility to attend conferences abroad and visit internationally renowned scientific groups
  • Excellent Ph.D. supervision due to high supervisor - student ratio
  • Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. via a comprehensive further training programme
  • Pay in line with 50 % of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) pay higher than the basic pay may be possible
  • Usually a contract for the duration of 3 years

Forschungszentrum Jülich aims to employ more women in this area and therefore particularly welcomes applications from women.

We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

We look forward to receiving your application, preferably online via our online recruitment system on our career site, quoting the above-mentioned reference number.

Questions about the vacancy?
Contact us by mentioning the reference number 2019D-144:
Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.