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Scientific activities / projects

Development and implementation of new optical remote sensing techniques

Starting date

1. September 2020

Duration of contract

zunächst befristet auf 3 Jahre


bis Entgeltgruppe 13 TVöD

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

"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

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.

Your qualifications:

  • completed scientific university studies (diploma/master) in physics, geophysics, mathematics, electrical engineering or a comparable course of studies
  • Doctorate or comparable proof of scientific qualification in experimental physics
  • profound knowledge in atmospheric physics and in particular the physics of the middle and upper atmosphere including relevant publications (at least one peer-reviewed publication as first author in the field of middle/upper atmosphere physics)
  • profound experience in the analysis of measurement data and the application of data science methods to large data sets (preferably with Matlab or IDL, Python)
  • experience with CAD systems (preferably Catia and/or Solid Works) and with the mechanical design of measuring instrumentation including stress analysis
  • knowledge in optics and in the application of optical remote sensing techniques for probing of the middle and upper atmosphere
  • experience with the organization and implementation of measurement campaigns at remote locations
  • good self-organization and a high level of independent initiative in the handling of complex technical and scientific issues
  • very good English language skills, both written and spoken; German language skills are advantageous

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 places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Dr. rer. nat. Claudia Borries
Phone: +49 3981 480 215

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