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Job advertisement Postdoctoral Positions (m/f/d) | Fluid Physics of the Atmosphere

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Postdoctoral Positions (m/f/d) | Fluid Physics of the Atmosphere

Postdoctoral Positions (m/f/d) | Fluid Physics of the Atmosphere


Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

We are an international research institute conducting both experimental and theoretical fundamental scientific research. We are part of the Göttingen Campus, a collaboration between the university and non-university research institutions. LFPB fosters a stimulating international research environment on active complex systems ranging from Biophysics to Fluid Dynamics.


Göttingen, Germany


Relevant division
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)

Full time

Entry level


Required education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

28 November 2023

Job description

Atmospheric clouds and aerosols are the largest source of uncertainty in weather and climate prediction. The chemistry and physics of aerosols and clouds cover a wide range of scales, from the nanometres where aerosol activation occurs, to the hundreds of kilometres of weather systems. Turbulence and complex flows are important at all these scales. It is this multi-scale nature that continues to challenge our understanding. The full complexity can only be studied in the field, where the true parameter space can be explored. Here, high-resolution airborne measurements are key. To this end, we have developed an airborne platform called the Max Planck CloudKite (MPCK). It has been deployed over the Atlantic Ocean during the EUREC4A research cruise and in northern Finland inside the Arctic Circle. Our instruments perform autonomous measurements in the atmosphere, including particle image velocimetry and holography. In the next phase of our investigations, we will simultaneously measure with high resolution aerosols, wind speed and atmospheric thermodynamics as a function of altitude. These measurements will be complemented by most advanced microphysical cloud measurements. In collaboration with our colleagues at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, we are developing SMART Integrated Electronic Sensors (SMARTIES) to quantify atmospheric transport and mixing through many neutrally buoyant and biocompatible floaters.

How to apply

Please apply online with the reference no MPIDS-077 and submit a cover letter, a CV, and contact information for up to three references. Your cover letter should briefly describe your research interests, relevant experience and career goals. All applications received before January 31, 2024 will receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.