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Doctoral (PhD) Student (m/f/d)

The University of Bayreuth, Germany is a research-oriented university with internationally competitive, interdisciplinary focal areas in ecology & environmental sciences and non-linear dynamics. The Micrometeorology Group invites applications for a fixed-term position in the fields of atmospheric turbulence and particle transport of a

Doctoral (PhD) Student (m/f/d) on experimental wind-tunnel studies and flow simulations of microplastic particles

to commence in April 2019 for a 4-year funding period ending in December 2022. The project is part of a Collaborative Research Centre (Sonderforschungsbereich) SFB 1357 on Microplastics (Project B05, http://gepris.dfg.de/gepris/projekt/391977956) located at the University of Bayreuth and committed to a better understanding of the formation and fate of microplastics in terrestrial and limnic systems including its effects on biota.

You will work in the project aiming at characterizing how the atmospheric boundary layer acts as a pathway for dispersal and re-allocation of microplastic particles in the environment. You will combine two major micrometeorological techniques: conducting wind tunnel experiments on processes governing the atmospheric transport of microplastics, and large-eddy simulation modeling of microplastic dispersion in an idealized riparian zone.

You will be a member of our enthusiastic and international Micrometeorology Group with a broad interest in near-surface atmospheric transport of mass and energy using field-scale and laboratory experiments, as well as simulation techniques. Your focus will be on characterizing and quantifying the atmospheric turbulence need to suspend, transport, and deposit a variety of microplastic particles (shape, material, size, coating). You will work hand-in-hand with another PhD student supervised by Prof. Andreas Held (TU Berlin, Environmental Chemistry and Air Research) focusing on the particulate flux measurements.

You have a degree (M.Sc.) in micrometeorology, atmospheric sciences, environmental sciences, physics or related field. You are fluent in English (both communication and writing), speaking German is nice but not necessary. You have a passion for understanding fundamental physical processes in the environment. Experience in micrometeorology and atmospheric experimental boundary-layers will put you at an advantage. You are excited about quantitative analyses of larger data sets and model simulations and you have experience in at least one of these fields. You are adept in at least one programming language.

You are creative, a good team player, and excited about joining an interdisciplinary research group. If you have any questions about the project, responsibilities, or your qualifications, please contact me at christoph.thomas@uni-bayreuth.de and/or consult our webpage.

The salary will be determined in accordance with the national guidelines for civil service (TV-L, E13, 75%). No specific application deadline applies; the position is open until filled. Interested?

Excellent! Please send your

  • Resume/ CV including copies of transcripts and diplomas,
  • Cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position,
  • Names of up to three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers

in English or German language as a single PDF file (with up to 30 MB in size) using the keywords ‘SFB microplastics PhD 1’ as the subject to the following address: Prof. Dr. Christoph Thomas, christoph.thomas@uni-bayreuth.de.

The University of Bayreuth commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all its activities. As an Equal Opportunity employer we particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups, women, and individuals with disabilities. Applications from persons with disabilities will be favored when all other qualifications are identical.

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