PhD Position in Experimental Aerosol and Cloud Physics on targeted seeding with a drone
The at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (IAC) invites applications for a 3-year to 3.5-year PhD Position in Experimental Aerosol and Cloud Physics on targeted seeding with a drone .
Our research focuses on the role of aerosol particles and clouds in the climate system. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of the cloud microphysical processes leading to precipitation in clouds involving ice.
The PhD project is part of the newly funded ERC project CloudLab that includes three PhDs and 2 PostDocs. Within CloudLab, ice nucleating particles from a drone will be injected into supercooled stratus clouds to investigate microphysical changes, including fundamental aspects of ice formation and growth.
The project combines a multi-dimensional approach of targeted cloud seeding with a focus on wintertime stratus clouds in Switzerland.
The microphysical changes induced by the seeding will be measured in-situ with a tethered balloon system and using ground-based remote sensing instrumentation.
The analysis of the cloud seeding events will be used to validate and improve the cloud microphysics scheme in the Swiss weather forecast model and ultimately precipitation forecasts.
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We are looking forward to receiving your online application with the following documents :
Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.
Applicants interested in PhD Position in Experimental Cloud Physics on ice crystal growth induced by seeding also, should mention their interest in the cover letter and only apply once.
Review of applications will begin May 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The start date is September 1, 2021 or earlier.
Please contact Dr. Jan Henneberger in case of questions related to the project and / or to the position (no applications).