Job offer: postdoc in atmospheric science

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to support our team with the challenging and exciting operation of the aerosol measurements at the ATTO site as well as the analysis and publication of the unique measurement data.

The successful candidate will be part of an international team conducting and analysing the long-term observations as well as in-depth process studies of atmospheric aerosols and their links to rainforest ecology, cloud microphysics and hydrological cycling in the Amazon.

Main working location will be Mainz, Germany, with frequent participation in field trips to the Amazon.


  • responsibility for the continuous operation and quality management of a broad set of aerosol and complementary atmospheric measurements at ATTO (e.g. aerosol sizing, optical properties, chemical composition, mixing state, aerosol fluxes, etc.)
  • regular visits at the ATTO site for measurement campaigns as well as instrument installations and maintenance
  • analysis and publication of the resulting observations
  • occasional scientific support within other field campaigns worldwide (aircraft, research vessel, etc.)

Qualifications and Requirements

  • a PhD in atmospheric science, physics, meteorology or a related scientific discipline
  • solid experience in aerosol measurement techniques and data analysis
  • high motivation to participate in field campaigns in the Amazon to work in an interdisciplinary and international research environment
  • experience and affinity to scientific computer programming in the context of atmospheric data analysis (e.g. R, Igor, Python, Matlab etc.)
  • excellent verbal and written communication and writing skills, demonstrated by scientific publications and presentations. Fluent English is mandatory. German and/or Portuguese ability is desirable, but not required
  • ability to effectively and thoroughly perform independent research
  • team orientation, passion for science, and creativity


The position is limited to 2 years. Payment and benefits will be according to the German TVöD pay scale (EG 13). A first evaluation of applications is scheduled for 31 July 2019. The search will be continued until the position is filled.

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas in which they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is also committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Application procedure

We look forward to receiving your application. Please upload your documents – including a letter of motivation, CV, research statement (max. 1 page), a list of publications and contact information of two references – in our portal:

For scientific inquiries, please contact Dr. Christopher Pöhlker (c.pohlker[at]

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