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"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

Your mission:

The ionosphere, which is characterized by the presence of free electrons, impacts the functionality of communication and navigation systems relying on radio wave propagation in the upper atmosphere. The impact is strongest during ionospheric storms, when the electron density changes dramatically. Ionospheric storms are often accompanied by the presence of large scale travelling ionospheric disturbances (LSTIDs), which are the ionospheric signature of surges in the upper atmosphere. Usually, they are excited in the Auroral region and travel equatorward. In some occasions, poleward LSTIDs have been reported. Their occurrence differs dependent on solar wind- and thermosphere conditions. However, not every ionospheric storm is accompanied by LSTIDs. The physical conditions under which LSTIDs are exited and their impact on ionospheric storms shall be investigated.

Thus, the PhD shall consider the following research tasks:

  • Development of algorithms for the detection of LSTIDs
  • Analysis of the occurrence of LSTIDs over the European-African sector with regard to wave parameters and timing
  • Investigation of geophysical and space weather conditions under which LSTIDs occur, association with the development of positive ionospheric storms at mid-latitudes.
  • Utilization of a numerical model to derive information on structure and dynamics of LSTIDs, in particular on their source mechanisms and horizontal propagation characteristics.
  • Investigation of the potential to monitor essentials of ionospheric LSTIDs impact on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) applications by using near real-time GNSS measurements.
  • Investigation of forecast capabilities to estimate occurrence time duration and strength of LSTID events and their impact on ionospheric storms.

No applications via the DLR-Website, please visit the DAAD-Website for details of our application procedures:

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Your qualifications:

  • very good MSc in Physics, Space Physics, Mathematics, Geodesy or Meteorology
  • solid mathematical skills, analytical competence, solid background in GNSS data analysis and basic knowledge of radio wave Propagation
  • fundamental programming skills are crucial
  • optional: analysis of ionospheric TIDs on GNSS signals, Studies on the Total Electron Content (TEC) of the ionosphere, publications related to ionospheric research and/or to ionospheric impact on GNSS

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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