Blue Flower

Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry 


Position available within the Radical Measurements Group for a

PhD student

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly-skilled physicist, chemist or meteorologist for:

Measurements of highly reactive atmospheric trace gases based on 

optical groundbased and airborne measurements


Our research focuses on photo-oxidation mechanisms, which play a central role in the self-cleaning capacity of the atmosphere. In order to advance our research, we undertake measurement campaigns of atmospheric trace gases, where we deploy various mostly self-designed instruments to measure all relevant trace gases. A major measurement campaign is scheduled to take place using the new HALO research aircraft over Asia in summer 2015 during and the Monsoon. Since the Monsoon season is characterized by strongly convective systems, i.e. thunderstorms, air is efficiently transported to higher regions of the troposphere and into the stratosphere. The chemical processing occurring during this upward transport and after its arrival at higher will be studied during an airborne campaign in summer 2015 over the Himalayan region.


The Radical Measurements group will measure OH, HO2, RO2, NO2 and SCI during these campaigns. The open position will involve some of these measurements and their interpretation.




Improvement and characterization of the existing instrumentation in laboratory experiments.

Preparation of the instrumentation for aircraft deployment.

Measurements during ground-based and air-borne field campaigns.

Investigation of the role of radicals in atmospheric chemical reaction cycles.

Presentation at international conferences and publication in scientific journals.



M.Sc. in physics and interest in atmospheric chemistry.

Technical skills, strong interest in experimental work and a taste for problem solving.

English language proficiency.

Programming skills.

Self-reliant working-style combined with the willingness to actively cooperate with a diverse international working group.

The position is available as a stipend for 3 years within the International Max Planck Research School for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics ( Applications will be accepted until an appropriate candidate is found.


Applications including CV and degree certificates should be submitted by March 14th 2015, electronically to:


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Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Personnel Administration, P. O. Box 3060, D-55020 Mainz.



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