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Job advertisement PhD student position in meteorology on the impact of mineral dust on cloud formation

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PhD student position in meteorology on the impact of mineral dust on cloud formation

PhD student position in meteorology on the impact of mineral dust on cloud formation


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)


Karlsruhe, Germany


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Geomorphology (GM)

Part time

Student / Graduate / Internship

Remuneration according to federal wage agreement TV-L E13 (75%)

Required education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

7 June 2021

Job description

We are inviting applications for an open PhD student position at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research – Department Troposphere Research (IMK-TRO). As a part of the Helmholtz Young Investigator Group “Mineral Dust” (, we are offering:

A 3-year position for a doctoral student (75%, TV-L E13) with a Master degree in meteorology or physics, or a comparable qualification, ideally with programming skills. Previous experience in the fields of cloud physics, mineral dust/aerosol research, numerical modeling and/or laboratory experiments will be advantageous.

The doctoral student will investigate the impact of large mineral dust particles on cloud formation. She/he is expected to conduct laboratory experiments on ice nucleation using available dust field samples. She/he will also have the opportunity to participate in an international field campaign to collect additional samples. Using experimental data, theoretical understanding, and numerical modeling, she/he will study dust-induced heterogeneous ice nucleation and its dependence on dust particle size and composition. The successful candidate will advance existing parameterizations on dust-cloud interactions and implement and test the parameterizations in the ICON-ART modeling system.

Start date: 01 November 2021

Supervision: Dr. Martina Klose; Co-supervision: Dr. Ottmar Möhler, Prof. Dr. Corinna Hoose

Contact: Dr. Martina Klose (

To apply for this position, send your application package (cover letter, CV, B.Sc. and M.Sc. transcripts of records, other qualifications, contact details of two academic referees) as a single pdf per email to the above contact.

Deadline for applications is 15 July 2021.

KIT actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion, and as an equal opportunity employer, KIT explicitly encourages applications from women as well as from others who will bring additional diversity. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered if suitably qualified.