Research PhD Position in Upper Atmospheric Science

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences - GFZ - Helmholtz Association

Potsdam, Germany

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

Job description:

The Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences in Germany. With approx. 1260 employees (including visiting scientist), the GFZ is conducting interdisciplinary research on the “System Earth” and the influence of humans on the planet. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, it is part of Germany’s largest science organization. For Section 2.3 Geomagnetismus we invite applications for a

Job Vacancy No. 2264

The Earth's upper atmosphere in the altitude range of ca. 100–600 km is partially ionized. The region is called "ionosphere" and has been an active area of research for many decades. Even today, a reliable forecast of "ionospheric weather" is difficult, as a large part of its short-term (day-to-day and hour-to-hour) variability remains unexplained.This project aims to identify sources of ionospheric short-term variability. A special focus is to determine the role of planetary-scale waves that propagate to the ionosphere from below. Applications are invited for a three-year PhD position to carry out research investigations for the project. The position is funded as a part of German-Japanese joint project within the framework of DFG-JSPS cooperation program.

Your main responsibilities:

  • analysing magnetic field measurements from the Swarm satellites and ground observatories as well as other meteorological/ionospheric data
  • presenting results of research outcomes at international/domestic scientific meetings and publishing them in peer-reviewed journals

The research will be conducted at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany and at the University of Potsdam. The dissertation will be submitted to the University of Potsdam.

Your qualifications:

  • Master’s or equivalent degree in atmospheric physics, space physics, computational physics, or related disciplines
  • proficiency in written and spoken English
  • experience in programming is considered to be an advantage

Starting date: as soon as possible
Fixed term: 36 months
Salary: The pay scale grouping will be according to pay group 13 TVöD-Bund (Tarifgebiet Ost) provided that all tariff related and personal requirements are met.
Working hours: part-time 75% (currently 29.25 h/week)
Location: Potsdam You can expect a very diverse and challenging job in an international work environment that is characterized by exciting research projects. The compatibility of work and family life is of particular concern to the GFZ. Therefore, it offers the opportunity for flexible working time and workplaces. Moreover, there is a kindergarten located on the research campus.The GFZ is a partner with Geo.X (, and as such it is well connected with other geoscience institutions in Potsdam und Berlin. Geo.X forms the largest regional cluster of geoscientific expertise in Europe and offers excellent opportunities for cooperation and development.Please submit your application online by 15th April 2019 using the "Apply" button.Equal opportunity is an inherent part of our personnel policy. Therefore we are particularly welcoming applications from qualified women. Severely disabled persons will be given preferential treatment in the case of equal qualification.We will retain your application documents for at least three months, even if the application is not successful.If you have any questions regarding this job offer, please feel free to call Ms Buge at +49 (0) 331-288-28878.

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Quote Reference: Helmholtz-15110463