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Two 3-year PhD positions

The Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP) at the University of Bremen offers


Two 3-year PhD positions

German federal employee scale E13 TV-L (50%)


in the research areas

Satellite remote sensing of

greenhouse (CO2, CH4) and air pollution (CO) gases


The time limitation is subject to the scientific qualification according to the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract, §2 (1) (WissZeitVG – Wissenschaftszeitvertrags-gesetz). Therefore, candidates may only be considered if they dispose of the respective scope of qualification periods according to §2 (1) WissZeitVG.

 The department “Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere” of the Institute of Environmental Physics ( of the University of Bremen is among the leading scientific institutions in the area of satellite remote sensing of atmospheric trace gases relevant for climate, air pollution and ozone chemistry. The IUP is strongly involved in national and international projects related to past (e.g., SCIAMACHY/ENVISAT), present (e.g., GOSAT, OCO-2) and new (e.g., Sentinel-5-Precursor) satellites. The spectral measurements of these satellites contain information about key trace gases relevant for climate and air pollution, which can be retrieved using appropriate algorithms. The new data from Sentinel-5P will allow to study important atmospheric processes with unprecedented spatial resolution.

We are currently seeking enthusiastic PhD candidates for the following research topics:

  • T1: Remote sensing of vertical columns of carbon monoxide (CO) and methane (CH4) from Sentinel-5P and data interpretation in terms of their emissions
  • T2: Remote sensing of CO2 from past and present satellites to generate a long-term consistent global data set for carbon cycle and climate research



  • A M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics, astrophysics or meteorology with a grade point average better than B (English grade) or 2.0 (German grade)
  • Very good knowledge in at least one of the following areas: satellite remote sensing, radiative transfer, inversion theory, numerical modelling of complex systems
  • Very good programming skills in at least one high level programming language
  • A strong interest to work in the field of satellite remote sensing of the atmosphere
  • Good communication skills as cooperation with various European partners is required
  • Good knowledge of the English and German languages in writing and speaking


The Institute of Environmental Physics provides a stimulating, international, and pleasant work environment and is very well connected with the international research community.


As a winner of the Total-E-Quality Science Award the University of Bremen strives for increasing the number of females in science, therefore women are explicitly encouraged to apply. Applicants with a migratory background are highly welcome. Disabled candidates will receive preferred consideration over mainly equally qualified contenders.

Please indicate in your application which research theme(s) you are interested in and send your application (cover letter, CV and copies of your degree certificates including high school certificate) until 05.03.2018 by indicating the job id A50/18 to:


Secretary of Prof. J.P. Burrows

Mrs Stephanie Drath

Institute of Environmental Physics

University of Bremen FB1

Otto-Hahn-Allee 1

D-28359 Bremen


by e-mail: sdrathprotect me ?!iup.physik.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Tel.: +49 421 218 62101


Please send us applications electronically and combined into a single PDF file.


For questions concerning T1 and T2 please contact:

Dr. Michael Buchwitz, Tel. +49 421 218 62086

buchwitzprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

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Created on 08.02.18 by Rebekka Rosner