Open PhD position in boundary layer meteorology

The Boundary Layer Meteorology (BLM) research group at the Institute of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences of the Goethe University Frankfurt is seeking a

PhD student (E13 TV-GU)

where the appointment would be for three years, and depending on success stepwise salary increases up to 75% TV-GU are intended. The position is to be filled starting in January 2019 or later (subject to final funding approval).

The position is based within the Hans-Ertel-Centre of weather research, of which the BLM group is a member. The Hans-Ertel Centre is a virtual centre of 5 research groups, based at different German universities and research institutes, which have a close partnership with the German Weather Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst, DWD).

The successful candidate will be part of a team studying boundary-layer processes and developing their parameterization in numerical weather prediction models. The candidate will use numerical modeling and modern ground-based remote-sensing devices available at the meteorological observatory in Lindenberg to study meso- and submeso-scale processes and their role in the convective and stable boundary layer.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated persons who likes to work in a team and has a very good master degree (or equivalent) in meteorology, physics, applied mathematics, or a related field.

We expect:

  • Good programming skills (preferably in Python and Fortran)
  • Excellent skills in scientific writing and presenting
  • Fluency in English (written and oral)

A strong background in boundary layer meteorology and experience with remote sensing, and modeling and analysis of atmospheric phenomena is of advantage.

The successful candidate will be part of a young, emerging research group in a future-oriented research area with close partnerships with other research groups at the IAU (Institut für Atmosphäre und Umwelt), with research groups at other universities and the DWD.

Interested candidates are invited to submit applications (including CV, statement of interest, certificates, and contact information for referees) by e-mail to Juerg Schmidli ( and Ivan Bašták Ďurán ( by 18 November 2018.

In case of questions please contact Dr. Bašták Ďurán under his email address.

published: 27 September 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.