Would you like to pursue a doctorate at the Leipzig Institute of Meteorology after successfully completing your Master's degree? At our institute there are many opportunities to pursue a doctoral project within the scientific working groups and in close contact with researchers and other doctoral students.

Do your doctorate in our professional research environment. Photo: Swen Reichhold

Orientation

The first step towards a doctorate is finding a topic and a supervisor. Doctorates can be taken in all subjects offered at our university. You can either apply for advertised doctoral positions or a place in a structured doctoral programme, or alternatively look for a source of funding yourself and contact a suitable supervisor with your doctoral project.

Funding a doctorate

As a doctoral candidates you can be employed at the Leipzig Institute for Meteorology. Unlike scholarships, employment is a means of accumulating social security entitlements.

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The University awards positions for doctoral candidates usually twice annually. Successful applicants are employed as research assistants at Leipzig University. This financial support is available for a maximum of three years.

Information And Application

The doctoral programmes offered by the Research Academy Leipzig offer doctoral students positions or scholarships to begin a structured doctorate. Applications are made directly to the individual programmes, which decide on the application and admission procedures.

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Leipzig University, the Free State of Saxony and numerous organisations for the promotion of young talent all award scholarships to doctoral researchers. Most applicants need to demonstrate an above-average degree and pass a formal selection process. This usually begins with a project outline, which is often reviewed by two professors. The application procedure takes at least six months.

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Networking

In addition to the doctoral degree as a demanding professional qualification, our university offers doctoral students a variety of opportunities for interdisciplinary further education, interdisciplinary exchange and networking. The various offers are presented here.

The doctoral seminar is a series of events organised by the Institute of Meteorology in cooperation with the Institute for Tropospheric Research.

Doctoral students and researchers from both institutions can discuss their dissertations at the doctoral seminar.

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The doctoral student representation is a self-representation body of all doctorates at the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences at the University of Leipzig. It provides networking, organisation and advice for all doctoral students in the faculty and in the associated institutes.
An elected member of the body participates in the meetings of the Faculty Council in an advisory role. One member is also represented in the commission for the revision of the doctoral regulations.

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The PhD Canidates’ Council at the University of Leipzig (PromovierendenRat) is an official body. The council is committed to all doctoral students at the University of Leipzig and lobbies for their issues.

The PhD Canidates’ Council represents all doctoral students at the University of Leipzig. Moreover the council

  • lobbies for PhD candidates’ interests and needs especially related to academic issues
  • supports and advises doctoral students in all aspects of their education
  • organizes a wide range of trainings and workshops as well as a regular lecture series
  • informs doctoral students about relevant issues and changes related to their education or status
  • facilitates interdisziplinary network opportunities and connects with other universities/institutions and their respective Phd representatives

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The International Doctoral Initiative of the University of Leipzig was founded in 2005 as an association of foreign doctoral students.

The Initiative offers the PhD students varous cultural, social and scientific activities.

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The Research Academy Leipzig offers doctoral researchers and postdocs a wide range of support and assistance.

The RAL plana workshops and seminars for interdisciplinary career development in a variety of skill areas and in this way support the career paths of both our doctoral researchers and postdocs.

interdisciplinarity.

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Doctorate at the Faculty of Physics and Geowissenschaften

Currently, about 240 doctoral students, a quarter of them from foreign countries, are pursuing a doctorate at the Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences.

They manage the majority of the overall research work in the institutes and departments.

  • The institution responsible for the PhD ex-amination procedure is the Faculty Council.
  • PhD examination procedures are usually conducted by the doctoral commission.
  • Doctoral degree regulations determine process specifics.

At our faculty you can pursue a doctorate in the field of meteorology.

  • The degree Dr. rer. nat. is awarded for doctorates in the subject areas of meteorology.
  • The degree of Dr. rer. nat. or Dr. phil. can be awarded for doctorates in the subject areas of the history of natural sciences (physics, meteorology, geosciences, geography).
  • You can be admitted as a Doctoral candidate if you have obtained a Diplom, Master's or Magister degree at a higher education institution or the state examination and have not previously definitively failed a similar doctoral procedure.
  • The doctoral committee decides on the recognition of the equivalence of foreign examinations and degrees.
    Master's degrees or diploma degrees obtained in the member states of the European Union are generally treated as equivalent to the corresponding German degrees.

Preparing, carrying out and completing a doctorate may raise various questions. Due to the high degree of specialisation and variation between disciplines, it is not possible to offer doctoral candidates a centralised advisory service. Instead, at Leipzig University we support doctoral candidates with individual advisory services. If you are considering pursuing a doctorate, it would be wise to find out beforehand about the extensive range of research opportunities on offer. This will require consultation with supervising professors on the subject of your doctorate.

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Application and admission

  • Apply for admission at the International Centre
    Befpre applying you need a written confirmation from your future advising professor before you can apply for admission through the International Centre
  • The International Centre checks your application
  • Enrol at Leipzig University
  • Register as a PhD candidate in your faculty
    Together with your advising professor you’ll need to submit an application for admission to your faculty’s doctoral candidate list (Antrag auf Aufnahme in die Doktorandenliste). The application should be submitted as
    soon as possible after enrolment at the University. Ideally you’ll already have written confirmation of acceptance to the doctoral candidate list when you first apply to the University or enrol.

Pre-Doc Award

With the Pre-Doc Award, we at Leipzig University support graduates in preparation for doctoral research as well as postdocs in their ability to supervise doctoral candidates. During the funding period, recipients shall jointly develop a doctoral research project and acquire funding for it.

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Ground-based observations: LIMHAT on the roof of our institute. Photo: Swen Reichhold
You can earn your PhD individually and your dissertation is usually based on your own chosen topic. Photo: Swen Reichhold

Doctoral degrees at Leipzig Institute for Meteorology

  • Elena Ruiz Donoso
    Small-scale structure of thermodynamic phase in Arctic mixed-phase clouds observed with airborne remote sensing during the ACLOUD campaign
  • Christoph Geißler
    Quarterdiurnal Tide in the Middle Atmosphere
  • Jan Kretzschmar
    Improving the representation of Arctic clouds in atmospheric models across scales using observations
  • Daniel Mewes
    Large-scale Horizontal Energy Fluxes into the Arctic Analyzed Using Self-organizing Maps
  • Jacob Schacht
    Black Carbon Aerosol in the Arctic: Ageing, Transport and Radiative Effects
  • Stefanie Anna Feuerstein
    Alluvial Dust Sources and their Implementation in a Dust-Emission Model
  • Xianda Gong
    Cloud Condensation Nuclei and Ice-Nucleating Particles Over Tropical and Subtropical Regions in the Northern Hemisphere
  • Julian Hofer
    Aerosol characterization over a Central Asian site: long-term lidar profiling at Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Erik Hans Hoffmann
    CAPRAM mechanism and model developments for investigating marine multiphase chemistry effects linked to air quality and climate: From process to regional scale
    modelling
  • Erik Schmölter
    The delayed ionospheric response to solar and geomagnetic activity
  • Robert Wagner
    Dust Emissions Driven by Pyro-Convection – A Model Perspective
  • Kevin Wolf
    Evaluation of the Radiation Scheme of a Numerical Weather Prediction Model by Airborne Measurements of Spectral Irradiance above Clouds
  • Denise Assmann
    On the spatio-temporal distribution of aerosol particles in the upper troposphere and lowermost stratosphere
  • Kathrin Gatzsche
    Investigation of gasSOA formation by parcel and 3-D modeling Grawe, Sarah: Coal fly ash: How sample properties and methodology influence immersion freezing results
  • Sarah Grawe
    Coal fly ash: How sample properties and methodology influence immersion freezing results
  • Eva Hallbauer
    Das hygroskopische Verhalten biogener sekundärer organischer Aerosolpartikel Herenz, Paul: Physical Properties of Arctic and Antarctic Aerosol Particles and Cloud Condensation Nuclei
  • Paul Herenz
    Physical Properties of Arctic and Antarctic Aerosol Particles and Cloud Condensation Nuclei
  • Trismono Candra Krisna
    Airborne Passive Remote Sensing of Optical Thickness and Particle Effective Radius of Cirrus and Deep Convective Clouds
  • Friederike Lilienthal
    Analysis of the Forcing Mechanisms of the Terdiurnal Solar Tide in the Middle Atmosphere
  • Tim Carlsen
    Influence of snow properties on directional surface reflectance in Antarctica
  • Trismono Candra Krisna
    Airborne Passive Remote Sensing of Optical Thickness and Particle Effective Radius of Cirrus and Deep Convective Clouds 
  • Stefanie Bauditz
    Immersion freezing experiments of biological, mineral dust and dust-bio-mixed particles with the Leipzig Aerosol Cloud Interaction Simulator
  • Sebastian Bley
    Investigation of warm convective cloud fields with Meteosat observations and high resolution models
  • Ying Chen
    Evaluation and Improvement of Particle Number/Mass Size Distribution Modelling in WRF-Chem over Europe
  • Fanny Finger 
    Spectral Optical Layer Properties of Cirrus - Collocated Airborne Measurements and Radiative Transfer Simulations 
  • Andreas Foth
    Optimal Estimation of Water Vapour Profiles using a Combination of Raman Lidar and Microwave Radiometer
  • Daniel Merk
    Uncertainties in the Quantification of Aerosol-Cloud Interactions
  • Vasileios Barlakas
    A New Three-Dimensional Vector Radiative Transfer Model and Applications to Saharan Dust Fields
  • Stefan Barthel (2016)
    Regionale Modellstudien zur Untersuchung von Emissionsparametrisierungen des primären marinen Aerosols
  • Heiner Matthias Brück
    Evaluation of statistical cloud parameterizations
  • Michael Jähn:
    Large Eddy Simulation Studies of Island Effects in the Caribbean Trade Wind Region
  • Li LI
    Stokes parameters of skylight based on simulations and polarized radiometer measurements
  • Alexander Myagkov
    Shape-temperature relationship of ice crystals in mixed-phase clouds based on observations with polarimetric cloud radar
  • Michael Schäfer:
    Optical Thickness Retrievals of Subtropical Cirrus and Arctic Stratus from Ground-Based and Airborne Radiance Observations Using Imaging Spectrometers
  • Roland Schrödner:
    Modeling the tropospheric multiphase aerosol-cloud processing using the 3-D chemistry transport model COSMO-MUSCAT
  • Anja Schwarz
    Aerosol typing over Europe and its benefits for the CALIPSO and EarthCARE missions - Statistical analysis based on multiwavelength aerosol lidar measurements from groundbased EARLINET stations and comparison to spaceborne CALIPSO data
  • Marlen Brückner
    Retrieval of Optical and Microphysical Cloud Properties Using Ship-based Spectral Solar Radiation Measurements over the Atlantic Ocean
  • Peter Bräuer
    Extension and application of a tropospheric aqueous phase chemical mechanism (CAPRAM) for aerosol and cloud models
  • Susan Hartmann
    An immersion freezing study of mineral dust and bacterial ice nucleating particles
  • Stefan Horn
    Simulations of complex atmospheric flows using GPUs - the model ASAMgpu -
  • Shan Huang
    Chemical composition of the submicrometer aerosol over the Atlantic Ocean
  • Carolin Rösch
    New aspects of air contamination by the interaction of indoor and urban air
  • Michael Rösch
    Untersuchung zur Generierung und zum Immersionsgefrierverhalten supermikroner, quasimonodisperser Mineralstaubpartikel
  • Andreas Weigelt
    An optical particle counter for the regular application onboard a passenger aircraft: instrument modification, characterization and results from the first year of operation
  • Stefan Bauer
    Airborne spectral radiation measurements to derive solar radiative forcing of Saharan dust mixed with biomass burning smoke particles
  • Gionata Biavati
    On the Retrieval of Mixing Height from Ceilometers
  • Florian Ditas
    Microphysical properties of aerosol particles in the trade wind regime and their influence on the number concentration of activated particles in trade wind cumulus clouds
  • Jeannine Ditas
    On the small-scale dynamics of cloud edges
  • Christa Engler
    Meteorologische Einflüsse auf die Konzentrationen feiner und grober atmosphärischer Aerosolpartikel in Deutschland
  • Timo Hanschmann
    Unsicherheiten in der Erfassung des kurzwelligen Wolkenstrahlungseffektes
  • Marcel König
    Large-Eddy Simulation Modelling for Urban Scale
  • Nicole Niedermeier
    Experimental determination of the mass deposition flux of mineral dust at the Cape Verde Islands
  • Sascha Pfeifer
    Verknüpfung aerodynamischer und optischer Eigenschaften nichtkugelförmiger atmosphärischer Grobstaubpartikel
  • Frank Werner
    Twomey Effect of Trade Wind Cumuli
  • Claas Henning Köhler
    Radiative Effect of Mixed Mineral Dust and Biomass Burning Aerosol in the Thermal Infrared
  • Stephan Nordmann
    Light absorption of atmospheric soot particles over Central Europe
  • Jessica Meier
    Thema: Regional aerosol modeling in Europe: Evaluation with focus on vertical profiles and radiative effects
  • Britta Stefanie Mey
    Einfluss der Bodenalbedo und Bodenreflektivität von urbanen Oberflächen auf die Ableitung der optischen Dicke von Aerosolpartikeln aus Satellitenmessungen
  • Holger Baars
    Aerosol profiling with lidar in the Amazon Basin during the wet and dry season 2008
  • Katrin Dieckmann (geb. Mildenberger)
    Hygroscopic Growth and Activation Measurements of Aerosol Particles in Lab and Field
  • Dennis Niedermeier
    Heterogeneous ice nucleation in droplets containing mineral dust particles: An experimental and theoretical study
  • Sebastian Otto
    Optische Eigenschaften nichtkugelförmiger Saharamineralstaubpartikel und deren Einfluss auf den Strahlungstransport in der Erdatmosphäre
  • Peter Hoffmann
    Planetary Wave Coupling between Stratosphere and Ionosphere by Gravity Wave Modulation
  • Alexander Schladitz
    Parametrization of relative humidity- and wavelength-dependent optical properties of mixed Saharan dust and marine aerosol
  • Patric Seifert
     
    Dust-related ice formation in the troposphere: A statistical analysis based on 11 years of lidar observations of aerosols and clouds over Leipzig
  • Matthias Tesche
    Vertical profiling of aerosol optical properties with multiwavelength aerosol lidar during the Saharan Mineral Dust Experiments
  • Markus Ziese
    Entwicklung und Aufbau einer mobilen Version des Leipzig Aerosol Cloud Interaction Simulator (LACIS) sowie dessen Einsatz zur Untersuchung des hygroskopischen Wachstums und der Aktivierung laborgenerierter Aerosolpartikel
  • Christina Arras
    A Global Survey of Sporadic E Layers based on GPS Radio Occultations by CHAMP, GRACE and FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC
  • Jens Voigtländer
    Hygroscopic growth and CCN activation of slightly soluble organic and inorganic compounds - Evaluation of experimental LACIS data with FLUENT/FPM

Doctoral degrees 2009

  • Manuela Barth
    Akustische Tomographie zur zeitgleichen Erfassung von Temperatur- und Strömungsfeldern
  • Verena Grützun
    Influence of Aerosol Particles on Deep Convective Clouds: Investigations with the New Model LM-SPECS
  • Andreas Tilgner
    Modelling of the physico-chemical multiphase processing of tropospheric aerosols

Doctoral degrees 2008

  • Bernd Heinold
    Regional modeling of Saharan dust in the framework of the SAMUM (SAharan Mineral dUst experiMent) field project
  • Anke Kniffka
    Einfluss der Inhomogenitäten von Aerosol, Bodenalbedo und Wolken auf das aktinische Strahlungsfeld der Atmosphäre

Doctoral degrees 2006

  • Katja Hungershöfer
    Optical Properties of Aerosol Particles and Radiative Transfer in Connection with Biomass Burning
  • Andreas Nowak
    Das feuchte Partikelgrößenspektrometer: Eine neue Messmethode zur Bestimmung von Partikelgrößenverteilungen (< 1 µm) und größenaufgelösten hygroskopischen Wachstumsfaktoren bei definierten Luftfeuchten
  • Kai Radtke
    Zur Sensitivität von Starkwindfeldern gegenüber verschiedenen meteorologischen Parametern im Mesoskalenmodell LM
  • Konstantin Tsybulya
    Detection and Analysis of the Ionospheric Electron Density Structures Using GPS Radio Occultations on board the CHAMP Satellite

Doctoral degrees 2005

  • Kristina Fröhlich
    The Quasi Two-Day Wave - its impact on the zonal mean circulation and wave-wave interactions in the middle atmosphere
  • Evelyn Jäkel
    An airborne system for fast measurements of upwelling and downwelling spectral actinic flux densities
  • Sebastian Schmidt
    Influence of Cloud Inhomogenities on Solar Spectral Radiation
  • Claudia Stolle
    Three-dimensional imaging of ionospheric electron density fields using GPS observations at the ground and onboard the CHAMP satellite
  • Kristina Zeromskien
    Physical characterization of laboratory-produced biomass burning aerosol particles

Doctoral degrees 2004

  • Robin Faulwetter
    Zur Anwendbarkeit des Fluktuations-Dissipations-Theorems
  • Harald Heinrich
    Finite barotrope Instabilität unter synoptischem Antrieb
  • Maria Manjarrez
    Zusammenhang zwischen den Anzahlkonzentrationen von Indoor- und Outdoor-Partikeln in Abhängigkeit von meteorologischen und physikalischen Parametern
  • Ulrich Uhrner
    New Particle Formation and Growth in the Lower Troposphere: A Comparison of Model Results with Observations at a Continental Background Site

Doctoral degrees 2003

  • Kathleen Franke
    Optische und physikalische Eigenschaften süd- und südostasiatischer Aerosolpartikel: Beobachtungen mit einem Sechswellenlängenlidar auf den Malediven während INDOEX
  • Volker Jaenisch
    Der Einfluss turbulenter Mischungsprozesse auf die Bildungsraten atmosphärischer Aerosolpartikel
  • Stephan Leinert
    Hygroscopicity of Micrometer-Sized Aerosol Particles - a New Measurement Technique
  • Stefan Schlüter
    GPS-basierte Bestimmung dreidimensionaler Elektronendichteverteilungen in der Ionosphäre

Doctoral degrees 2002

  • Andreas Maßling
    Hygroscopic Properties of Atmospheric Particles over the Atlantic and Indian Oceans
  • Ina Mattis
    Aufbau eines Feuchte-Temperatur-Aerosol-Ramanlidars und Methodenentwicklung zur kombinierten Analyse von Trajektorien und Aerosolprofilen
  • Holger Siebert
    Tethered-Balloon Borne Turbulence Measurements in the Cloudy Boundary Layer
  • Martin Simme
    Ein Modul zur spektralen Beschreibung von Wolken und Niederschlag in einem Mesoskalenmodell zur Verwendung auf Parallelrechnern
  • Heike Wex
    Closure and Sensitivity Studies on Physical Parameters of Rural Continental Aerosols

Doctoral degrees 2001

  • Oliver Fanenbruck
    Ein thermophysiologisches Bewertungsmodell mit Anwendung auf das Leipziger Stadtgebiet
  • Michael Lange
    Modellstudien zum CO2-Anstieg und O3-Abbau in der mittleren Atmosphäre und Einfluß des Polarwirbels auf die zonale Symmetrie des Windfeldes in der Mesopausenregion
  • Thomas Müller
    Bestimmung streckenintegrierter Aerosolparameter und Wasserdampfkonzentrationen aus spektralen Extinktionsmessungen

Doctoral degrees 2000

  • Klaus Arnold
    Ein experimentelles Verfahren zur Akustischen Tomographie im Bereich der atmosphärischen Grenzschicht
  • Andreas Keil 
    Einfluss absorbierender Aerosolpartikel und verschmutzter Wolken auf den solaren Strahlungshaushalt der Atmosphäre.
  • Michael Klingspohn
    Interdekadische Klimavariabilität über dem Nordatlantik - Statistische Analysen und Modellstudien
  • Holger Siebert 
    Tethered-balloon borne turbulence measurements in the cloudy boundary layer.
  • Astrid Ziemann
    Eine theoretische Studie zur akustischen Tomographie in der atmosphärischen Grenzschicht

Doctoral degrees 1999

  • R. Surkow
    Optimierung der Leistungsverfügbarkeit von Windenergie durch ihre Integration in Wind-Biogas-Hybridanlagen

Doctoral degrees 1998

  • J. Rißmann
    Der Einfluß langwelliger Strahlungsprozesse auf das bodennahe Temperaturprofil

Doctoral degrees 1997

  • B.-R. Beckmann
    ​​​​​​Veränderungen in der Windklimatologie und in der Häufigkeit von Sturmhochwassern an der Ostseeküste Mecklenburg-Vorpommerns
  • P. Posse 
    Bestimmung klimarelevanter Parameter des maritimen Aerosols unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Nichtkugelform realer Aerosolteilchen

Doctoral degrees 1996

  • J. Laubach 
    Charakterisierung des turbulenten Austausches von Wärme, Wasserdampf und Kohlendioxid über niedriger Vegetation anhand von Eddy-Korrelations-Messungen

Doctoral degrees 1995

  • R. Devantier
    Wolkenbildungsprozesse über der südwestlichen Ostsee - Anwendungen eines neuen Wolkenschemas in einem mesoskaligen Modell

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