Vacancy No. 20-2017 IMK-AAF

PhD (m/f) on heterogeneous ice nucleation of secondary organic aerosol

Job description

We are looking for a PhD candidate in the field of laboratory investigations on cloud ice formation. While being situated at the AIDA cloud chamber facility at KIT in Karlsruhe, Germany, you will be working within the Innovative Training Network program CLOUD‐MOTION (CLOUD‐MObility, Training and InnOvation Network), which is an EU funded Marie Skłodowska‐Curie Action. Here, ten PhD students working at different host institutes will be comprehensively trained by experienced scientists and they will plan and perform joint experiments at the CLOUD aerosol and cloud chamber facility at CERN.

Your field of expertise will be the measurement of particles with a high potential to activate cloud ice formation using different established or newly developed methods. Aim of your studies would be to learn more about the properties of so called Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA). SOA is formed in the atmosphere by photochemical processing of volatile organic compounds that have been emitted to the atmosphere e.g. by plants. SOA might be present in the atmosphere as glassy particles with a high potential to contribute to ice cloud formation. This effect hast yet to be quantified for fresh or aged SOA formed from different precursors and for different temperature and humidity conditions.

Personal qualification

Applicants have to be early stage researchers with a master degree in meteorology, physics or chemistry. We appreciate knowledge and interest in atmospheric physics as well as practical skills in aerosol technology.

Due to EU regulation, applicants must comply a mobility rule and may not have lived or worked in Germany for more than 12 months in the last three years.

Organizational unit

Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Aerosol Research (IMK-AAF)

Starting date

as soon as possible

Contract duration

limited to 3 years

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

KIT kindly requests that applications including cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcript of records, and master thesis may be submitted in electronic form to: Dr. Kristina Höhler (

Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Aerosol Research (IMK‐AAF), www.imk‐


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 20-2017 IMK-AAF.
Personnel support is provided by 

Mr Gehringer
phone: +49 721 608-25004,

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

If qualified, handicapped applicants will be preferred.