DLR-DAAD Doctoral Fellowship Nr. 549

Doctoral Fellowship

Enter the fascinating world of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and help shape the future through research and innovation! We offer an exciting and inspiring working environment driven by the expertise and curiosity of our 11,000 employees from 100 nations and our unique infrastructure. Together, we develop sustainable technologies and thus contribute to finding solutions to global challenges. Would you like to join us in addressing this major future challenge? Then this is your place!

Our Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich offers a

DLR-DAAD Doctoral Fellowship

Nr. 549: Lidar for Wind and Aerosol: Setup, Operation and Analysis of a Dual-Color Direct-Detection Doppler system

What to expect:

The Institute of Atmospheric Physics investigates the physics and chemistry of the global atmosphere from the Earth's surface up to the upper boundary of the middle atmosphere at about 120 km height. The department “Lidar” develops ground-based, airborne and spaceborne lidar systems. It applies them for active remote sensing of key meteorological parameters and atmospheric trace gases enabling research in weather and climate as well as increasing air traffic safety.

The department has developed and validated a prototype of a Doppler Wind lidar based on a novel direct-detection design, namely the use of fringe-imaging from a field-widened Michelson interferometer (project AEROLI). By design, the operation of this interferometric spectrometer (currently in UV, 3rd harmonic of laser wavelength) may be extended to the green (2nd harmonic). This shall allow the acquisition of further atmospheric data besides the wind, i.a. the aerosol-to-molecular backscatter ratio.

This capability is of high relevance for future validation of spaceborne wind and aerosol lidars as well as future evolutions of these.The proposed PostDoc project is centred around the optical setup and test of this extension to the existing lidar, its operation in a ground-based system and the analysis of the retrieved data. A rough timetable is foreseen as this:

  • Year 1: Introduction to this lidar’s theory and base lidar measurement equipment. Design of green channels extension.Integration, test and operation in ground-based lidar. Iterative setup improvements. Measurements including reference validation instrumentation.
  • Year 3: Data evaluation regarding atmospheric properties and systematic error analysis. Publication of results.

If you are passionate about advancing electrochemical systems and meet the qualifications, we would be delighted to receive your application.

Please apply here: DLR-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme - DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

Further information and current vacancies: DLR Current offers - DAAD

What we expect from you:

  • Completed graduate university studies (diploma, master) in optical physics, physics, electrical engineering or similar with focus on domains of optical measurement techniques, optronics, signal processing, atmospheric physics or similar education
  • PhD in active, laser-based measurement systems
  • Profound expertise of geometric and physical optics
  • Profound skills in programming, preferably in Matlab
  • Longer-term hands-on laboratory experience
  • PhD with instrumental lidar subject
  • Experience in lidar systems design and/or operation
  • Experience in optical interferometry and laser optics
  • Basic knowledge in atmospheric sciences
  • Experience and notably interest in optical metrology and electronics
  • English competence: See requirements on www.daad.de/dlr

What we offer:

DLR stands for diversity, appreciation and equality for all people. We promote independent work and the individual development of our employees both personally and professionally. To this end, we offer numerous training and development opportunities. Equal opportunities are of particular importance to us, which is why we want to increase the proportion of women in science and management in particular. Applicants with severe disabilities will be given preference if they are qualified.

Further information:

Starting date: As soon as possible 

Type of employment: Full-time


Patrick Vranchen 

E-mail: patrick.vrancken@dlr.de

DLR - Helmholtz / Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Location: Germany, Oberpfaffenhofen, Bayern
Categories: atmospheric physics, Electrical Engineering, Measurement technology, Optical Physics , PhD, Physics,


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