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Physicist or atmospheric scientist for the development of methods for wind and aerosol retrievals of the satellite wind lidar on Aeolus

Physicist or atmospheric scientist for the development of methods for wind and aerosol retrievals of the satellite wind lidar on Aeolus

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German Aerospace Center (DLR)


Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany


Relevant division
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)

Full time

Entry level


Required education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

14 November 2019

Job description

The Earth Explorer wind lidar mission Aeolus from ESA was successfully launched into space on August 22nd, 2018, and carries the first Wind-Lidar worldwide. DLR’s Institute of Atmospheric Physics plays a leading role within the Aeolus Data Innovation and Science Cluster (DISC), a consortium consisting of 10 international partners supporting ESA in providing high quality atmospheric wind measurements. DISC activities include monitoring of the instrument and the data products, advancement of algorithms and processors as well as impact experiments with numerical models for weather prediction. The main task of this position is the development of methods to support the reprocessing of wind and aerosol products from Aeolus and the assessment of its quality. We offer an excellent work environment and provide the opportunity to collaborate with leading scientists in the field of satellite-based atmospheric remote sensing with lidar.

Your tasks primarily include:

  • the development of methods for bias correction and calibration of aerosol and wind data products from Aeolus, mainly for reprocessing of existing time series
  • implementation of these methods in scientific prototype processors
  • validation and quality assessment of reprocessed data products
  • implementation of reprocessing tasks in cooperation with ESA and other project partners within DISC, mainly with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
  • quality analysis and scientific interpretation of reprocessed wind and aerosol products

Your qualifications:

  • University degree (diploma or master) in physics, atmospheric sciences or a comparable discipline in natural or engineering science
  • fluent in English (spoken and written) being the main working language within the project
  • very good skills in scientific programming, preferably in Python
  • experience in the development of algorithms, processors, quality control and validation of data products for satellite missions
  • experience in atmospheric remote sensing, lidar and the Aeolus mission would be an additional asset

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

How to apply

Please send your application until 30th of November 2019 via the official DLR job portal