University Professorship (W3) “Experimental Meteorology“.

Job description

We are looking for you as an internationally recognized personality in the field of Experimental Meteorology in the troposphere, in particular ground-based and airborne field research . You have experience in the use of state-of-the-art in-situ and remote sensing instruments (e.g. Eddy Covariance systems, lidars, radars, microwave radiometers) in the context of field campaigns, as well as in the area of data synthesis and interpretation. Your experimental research enables collaboration in the fields of modelling, model evaluation and data assimilation, e.g. by contributing to the development of observation operators and multi-platform retrievals.

IMKTRO works in the four research fields of (i) clouds and aerosols, (ii) regional climate and climate change, (iii) weather and weather forecasting and (iv) integrated field measurements. With the KITcube, IMKTRO operates one of the world's most comprehensive mobile atmospheric measurement systems, which has been used in numerous international campaigns. In addition, KIT is a member of the development consortium of the ICON model (with focus on aerosol and regional climate modelling) and is in close research cooperation with the German Weather Service.

KIT offers an excellent interdisciplinary environment at the interface between natural sciences and engineering. You will cooperate closely with colleagues at the KIT Center for Climate and Environment and the GRACE graduate school, and have a wide range of opportunities to establish new collaborations at KIT and beyond. You will continue your successful record of acquiring third-party funding, e.g. in future-oriented topics such as the application of methods of artificial intelligence. In addition, you will actively contribute to the Helmholtz program "Changing Earth - Sustaining our Future", particularly in the framework of the new “Karlsruhe Integrated Atmospheric Observation System (KIAOS)”.

The Full Professorship (W3) is part of the collegial leadership of the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research Troposphere Research (IMKTRO). With a teaching obligation of 9 semester hours per week, you will represent Experimental Meteorology in compulsory and elective lectures and practicals of the degree programs "Meteorology and Climate Physics (BSc/MSc, German/English)". You will also be expected to participate in academic self-administration.

Personal qualification

A PhD in meteorology (alternatively in physics, environmental physics or similar) and outstanding, internationally visible scientific achievements (a German Habilitation or an equivalent qualification) are required for employment. Experience in leadership and a high level of didactic competence are expected.

Employment is subject to Art. 14, par. (2) of the KIT Act in conjunction with Art.
47 LHG Baden-Württemberg (Act of Baden-Württemberg on Universities and

 we offer

Organizational unit

Division IV - Natural and Built Environment, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research Troposphere Research (IMKTRO), KIT Department of Physics

Starting date

zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt / as soon as possible

Contract duration


Application up to

July 15, 2024

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Leisner.


Applications with the usual documents (i.e. cover letter, curriculum vitae, research
concept, description of previous teaching activities and teaching concept, equal opportunity and diversity concept, as well as an overview of acquired third-party funding and a publication list) are to be sent digitally as a single PDF file in English to KIT Division IV, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76128 Karlsruhe by email:


Vacancy number: 1211/2024


We wish to recruit new staff (female/male/non-binary) as homogeneously as possible and, hence, strongly encourage qualified women to apply.

Recognized severely disabled persons having the same qualification will be preferred.

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