Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics
Area of research:
Scientific / postdoctoral posts,Other
The Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics develops and investigates new systems and methods for the observation and modelling of near-Earth space weather. Disturbances in the ionosphere can cause operational disturbances of satellite missions and modern communication, navigation and remote sensing systems. For this reason, the global ionospheric weather has been observed, investigated and modelled in Neustrelitz for years. Due to the complex coupling mechanisms between the thermosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere and the sparse data coverage in the thermosphere and magnetosphere, the prediction of ionospheric disturbances is a particularly challenging task. A core element of the work is the determination of the state of the upper atmosphere with suitable measurement systems.
Your mission is to develop and implement new optical remote sensing techniques for probing of the neutral upper atmosphere (200-1.500 km altitude). Your work will contribute to improving the measurement capabilities applicable to this region of earth’s atmosphere, which so far are mostly limited to in situ observations performed by satellites and sounding rockets.
During the first 1.5 to 2 years you will be working at the DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IPA) in Oberpfaffenhofen. As a first step, you will use existing equipment and infrastructure at IPA to test various methods and techniques in close collaboration with IPA scientists and engineers. In further steps, you will design and build a prototype instrument at IPA. After the successful demonstration, you will relocate the instrument to the Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics and commence regular observations in Neustrelitz. In addition, you will organize and conduct measurement campaigns at various locations both domestic and abroad. You will analyze the acquired data, discuss science questions with the experts at the Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics, and publish results in international scientific journals. It is also your responsibility to maintain the instrument and keep its capabilities at the forefront of remote sensing through continuous upgrades and improvements.