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Doctoral (PhD) Student on experimental wind-tunnel studies and flow simulations of microplastic particles

Doctoral (PhD) Student on experimental wind-tunnel studies and flow simulations of microplastic particles

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University of Bayreuth

The University of Bayreuth, Germany is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive, interdisciplinary focal areas in ecology & environmental sciences and non-linear dynamics. The micrometeorology group at the University of Bayreuth specializes in unique, insightful observations and modelling of the atmospheric boundary layer. Our research foci are the atmospheric transport and near-surface exchange of momentum, energy, and mass in natural and man-made landscapes. Our interests span an entire spectrum of scales from turbulent eddies to interannual variability and trends.


Bayreuth, Germany


Relevant division
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)

Full time

Entry level

German TV-L E13 level, 75%

Preferred education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

9 April 2019

Job description

The Micrometeorology Group of the University of Bayreuth invites applications for a fixed-term position in the fields of atmospheric turbulence
and particle transport to commence in May 2019 for a 4-year funding period ending in December 2022. The project is part of a Collaborative Research Centre (Sonderforschungsbereich) SFB 1357 on Microplastics (Project B05, located at the University of Bayreuth and committed to a better understanding of the formation and fate of microplastics in terrestrial and limnic systems including its effects on biota.

You will work in the project aiming at characterizing how the atmospheric boundary layer acts as a pathway for dispersal and re-allocation of microplastic particles in the environment. You will combine two major micrometeorological techniques: conducting wind tunnel experiments on processes governing the atmospheric transport of microplastics, and large-eddy simulation modeling of microplastic dispersion in an idealized riparian zone.

You will be a member of our enthusiastic and international Micrometeorology Group with a broad interest in near-surface atmospheric transport of mass and energy using field-scale and laboratory experiments, as well as simulation techniques. Your focus will be on characterizing and quantifying the atmospheric turbulence need to suspend, transport, and deposit a variety of microplastic particles (shape, material, size, coating). You will work hand-in-hand with another PhD student supervised by Prof. Andreas Held (TU Berlin, Environmental Chemistry and Air Research) focusing on the particulate flux measurements. You are creative, a good team player, and excited about joining an interdisciplinary research group.

If you have any questions about the project, responsibilities, or your qualifications, please contact me at and/or consult our webpage. 1st consideration will be given to applications received by April 20th. We hope to fill the position by May, 2019, but both positions are open until filled by the best candidate.

How to apply

Please send your

  • Resume/ CV including copies of transcripts and diplomas,
  • Cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position,
  • Names of up to three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers
    in English or German language as a single PDF file (with up to 30 MB in size) using the keywords ‘SFB microplastics PhD 1’ as the subject to the following address: Prof. Dr. Christoph Thomas,