Postdoctoral Positions (m/f/d) | Fluid Physics of the Atmosphere

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Type of Job


Complex Systems

Job Code: MPIDS-W077

Job offer from November 07, 2023

We seek to fill multiple positions in the research group on Turbulence and Particles in Fluids lead by Dr. Gholamhossein Bagheri and in the Fraunhofer / Max Planck Program SMARTIES jointly led by Dr. Bagheri and Prof. Dr. Eberhard Bodenschatz, who directs the Laboratory for Fluid Physics, Pattern Formation and Biocomplexity (LFPB).  

Postdoctoral Positions (m/f/d) in Fluid Physics of the Atmosphere

We are an international research institute conducting both experimental and theoretical fundamental scientific research. We are part of the Göttingen Campus, a collaboration between the university and non-university research institutions. LFPB fosters a stimulating international research environment on active complex systems ranging from Biophysics to Fluid Dynamics.

The research

Atmospheric clouds and aerosols are the largest source of uncertainty in weather and climate prediction. The chemistry and physics of aerosols and clouds cover a wide range of scales, from the nanometres where aerosol activation occurs, to the hundreds of kilometres of weather systems. Turbulence and complex flows are important at all these scales. It is this multi-scale nature that continues to challenge our understanding. The full complexity can only be studied in the field, where the true parameter space can be explored.  Here, high-resolution airborne measurements are key.  To this end, we have developed an airborne platform called the Max Planck CloudKite (MPCK). It has been deployed over the Atlantic Ocean during the EUREC4A research cruise and in northern Finland inside the Arctic Circle. Our instruments perform autonomous measurements in the atmosphere, including particle image velocimetry and holography. In the next phase of our investigations, we will simultaneously measure with high resolution aerosols, wind speed and atmospheric thermodynamics as a function of altitude. These measurements will be complemented by most advanced microphysical cloud measurements. In collaboration with our colleagues at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, we are developing SMART Integrated Electronic Sensors (SMARTIES) to quantify atmospheric transport and mixing through many neutrally buoyant and biocompatible floaters. 

Your profile                                                                                              

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated early career researcher who is passionate about contributing to a better understanding of the complex physics of the atmosphere with a

PhD degree in physics, engineering, meteorology, or related fields.

  • knowledge in one or more of the following: experimental fluid physics and dynamics, turbulence, aerosol characterization, atmospheric flows, meteorology.
  • knowledge of programming languages such as Python, MATLAB, C or C++.
  • ability and desire to work in a diverse and international team.
  • good command of English. German language skills are not required.
  • knowledge of optics, big data analysis, instrument design, image analysis, remote sensing, machine learning or electronics is a big plus.

The Max Planck Society is committed to achieving the highest level of excellence and diversity. Therefore, we particularly encourage applications from women. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Our offer

We offer excellent working conditions in a highly international and interdisciplinary research environment. The position is for one year initially with the possibility of extension. Salary and working hours follow the funding guidelines of the Max Planck Society for scientists: Working hours are fulltime; salary is E13 TVöD-Bund. The starting date is flexible.

Your application

Please apply online with the reference no MPIDS-077 and submit a cover letter, a CV, and contact information for up to three references. Your cover letter should briefly describe your research interests, relevant experience and career goals. All applications received before January 31, 2024 will receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.

Please contact the following should you have further questions:

Dr. Gholamhossein Bagheri 

Prof. Dr. Eberhard Bodenschatz

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