Atmospheric and Earth System Research with the         Research Aircraft HALO                                                                                

High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft            (HALO)

Open Positions

HALO SPP 1294 related vacancies can be announced here, please contact

10 April 2019

The Leipzig Institute for Meteorology (LIM), University of Leipzig, Germany, invites applications for one

PhD Position on

Airborne Remote Sensing and Radiative Forcing of Inhomogeneous Trade-Wind Cumuli

The position is related to the international research project EUREC4A (ElUcidating the Role of Cloud-Circulation Coupling in ClimAte, see and is part of the Scientific Priority Program SPP 1294 (  funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). Within the EUREC4A project, a one-month multi-platform research campaign including the German High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft (HALO) is planned for February 2020. During this mission, a suite of cloud, aerosol, and surface remote sensing instruments will be operated aboard of HALO to investigate the radiative, macrophysical, and microphysical properties of trade-wind cumuli and their relevance for the global climate.

The position (65% TV-L E13) is awarded for three years, starting as soon as possible. We offer a productive and interdisciplinary working group ( including comprehensive supervision and integration into the Leipzig Graduate School on Clouds, Aerosol and Radiation (

We expect enthusiasm and interest in atmospheric science, in particular in cloud observations, remote sensing, and radiative transfer modelling. Applicants should have a Master-of-Science-equivalent university degree in meteorology, geophysics, physics or mathematics. Knowledge of high-level scientific programming for data analysis is desirable. Experience regarding experimental field work and the operation of scientific instruments would be advantageous. The successful applicant will strongly interact with other research groups (experimental, modelling, and satellite groups). Communication, collaboration and team play is essential. Candidates must possess excellent communication skills both in written and spoken English.

Interested candidates should send a CV, a cover letter describing background, training and research interests; certificates; and the contact information of at least two academic referees as a single PDF to

Submissions will be accepted until 15 May 2019.

Please see the announcement for more details: