Scientific activities / projects

Space Weather Impact Research

Starting date

1 May 2022

Duration of contract

3 years


German TVöD 13

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

Sporadic and massive eruptions of very high-energy matter and radiation from the Sun can have a pronounced impact for example on the aeronautical ability to aviate, navigate and communicate. In recent years there has been increasing evidence that space weather induced geomagnetic variability has measurable adverse impact on electricity transmission networks.
The department for Space Weather Impact develops and investigates methods to measure, evaluate and predict physical as well as technical quantities, which describe the effects of space weather on technical systems. Results help to improve our understanding of space weather effects on (humans and) technical systems and to contribute to potential countermeasures in cooperation with scientific, industrial or governmental partners.
Your mission is application-oriented research to improve the knowledge about space weather interactions with human technological infrastructure on ground and in space to support operators of critical infrastructure and services in the domain of navigation, communication, aviation, space exploration and electric power grid. 
Your work will comprise the following tasks:
  • advance our knowledge of space weather interactions with human technological infrastructure on the ground and in space
  • develop methods to measure, assess and predict quantities which describe the effect of space weather phenomena on such technical systems, particularly the German power grid
  • investigate long term effects due to nominal space weather changes as well as strong solar events
  • present the findings to the international scientific community and continuously exchange your experience with other international teams
  • take charge of project tasks.
You will bring in your excellent skills into an international successful and highly motivated research team with long scientific expertise in ionosphere and space weather research. Here, you will experience a very good working atmosphere in a well-equipped and modern research site situated in a beautiful and livable region of Germany.

Your qualifications:

  • Master of Science or comparable scientific degree in physics, meteorology, applied mathematics or a related natural scientific subject
  • in addition, you possess a PhD degree in physics, meteorology, applied mathematics, geodesy or a related subject
  • knowledge of electromagnetic theory and application
  • good programming skills (e.g. Python, C++, linux scripting) and code management practices
  • working experience in the scientific context (peer-reviewed journal publications).
  • ability to conduct targeted research individually as well as part of a team
  • very good knowledge of English
  • scientific experience in space weather research, in particular, geomagnetically induced current modelling is a plus
  • ideally experience with geoelectric field modelling and/or magnetotelluric methods
  • experience with geospatial data analysis, interpolation & visualization is desirable
  • preferably experience in python programming and usage of libraries such as numpy, scipy, pandas, cartopy
  • experience with PostgreSQL, PostGIS and QGIS is a plus
  • experience with machine learning methods preferred
  • ideally strong working experience in the scientific context (peer-reviewed journal publications)
  • German language skills is desirable

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 unparalleled 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 (f/m/x). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Technical contact

Dr. Jens Berdermann
Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics

Phone: +49 3981 480-106

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Vacancy 63085

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DLR site Neustrelitz

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