PhD position - Laboratory for Fluid Dynamics, Pattern Formation and Biocomplexity led by Prof. Eberhard Bodenschatz

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Complex Systems

Job code 09-2017

Type of Job

Young Researchers

PhD position

Job Offer from June 13, 2017

The Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen, Germany, is an international research institute. It performs both experimental and theoretical fundamental scientific research and currently employs about 280 people.

At the Laboratory for Fluid Dynamics, Pattern Formation and Biocomplexity led by Prof. Eberhard Bodenschatz, we seek to fill a PhD position within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks, starting at the end of May 2017 or earlier. The Innovative Training Networks project will bring together young researchers to work on developing the understanding and modeling of atmospheric clouds. We are looking for early stage researchers to join our research team to fill the position described below. The position will entail collaboration with other institutions and industrial partners across Europe that form the Training Network. The work will focus on developing and improving ultrafast temperature, velocity and humidity probes following the design of the NSTAP (nanoscale thermal anemometry probe) family patented by Hultmark et al. in 2014 and outlined in e.g. " Nanoscale sensing devices for turbulence measurements" by Fan et al., Exp Fluids (2015). The objective is to further optimise the design with the aim of minimising the expected damage to the probes by particles suspended in the flow, and minimising the effect of particle striking the probe on the data quality. The researcher will perform field measurements of cloud microphysics using the probes developed, either at the research station Schneefernerhaus, or using the research balloon HeliKite owned by MPG during one of their campaigns.

Your profile

We invite applications from dedicated and enthusiastic individuals with:

  • Master's or comparable degree in Physics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics or related fields,
  • strong experimental background,
  • strong quantitative skills (data analysis, image processing, programming),
  • eagerness to learn new skills and apply established ones,
  • ability and desire to work in a multi-disciplinary international team,
  • good command of English language, German is an asset,
  • good writing skills,
  • interest in fluid dynamics, turbulence, experimental physics, programming.

Our offer

In close collaboration with the Georg August University, a structured PhD program is offered in the graduate program of the Physics Department.

The PhD position is limited to 3 years. Salary and working hours are in accordance with the funding guidelines of the European Research Council and include a mobility allowance and family allowance.

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. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Your application

If you are interested in joining our group, please send your CV, a motivation letter, publication list, and two letters of reference, quoting reference no. 09-2017, by email to . Application deadline is 30/06/2017. Due to the time pressure, applicants are encouraged to send their CV and motivation letter as soon as possible, and arrange for the letters of recommendation to be sent by the stated deadline.

MPI for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Prof. Eberhard Bodenschatz
Am Faßberg 17
37077 Göttingen

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