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Institution Faculty of Geosciences - Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geophysics
Remuneration group TV-L E13
Full-time / Part-time Part-time (75%)
Start date Summer 2024 (fixed time period of four years)
Application deadline 2024-06-15

About us:

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at LMU Munich invites applications for two PhD positions in Space Physics. The positions are part of the Research Unit funded by the German Science Foundation with overarching science objective to better understand how the magnetosphere, ionosphere, plasmasphere, and thermosphere are coupled to each other. The complexity of this system, which covers altitudes from tens to tens of thousands of km and time scales from minutes to decades, requires an interdisciplinary team with specialists in different domains, expertise in modeling and observations, as well as established collaborative ties to the international community.

We are looking for you:

PhD position - Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere coupling (m/f/x)

in Munich

Your tasks and responsibilities:

The project will be focusing on the investigation of charged particle populations in the terrestrial magnetotail using satellite observations. Machine learning methods shall be used to model these populations. The impact of charged particles on the dynamics of the ring current shall be investigated through simulations. The results from the data analysis and simulations will be utilized to study the influence of the magnetotail plasma populations on the ionosphere and thermosphere.

Your qualifications:

  • A relevant Master’s degree is required
  • A background in space plasmas, experience in data analysis, machine learning and/or simulations would be helpful
  • Candidates must be able to develop software independently. Proficiency Python is an advantage
  • Proficiency in the English language is essential.


We offer you an interdisciplinary environment with excellent opportunities for further training and development. Your workplace is centrally located in Munich and can be easily reached by public transport. Salary is according to TV-L, pay group E13, 75%. The position is available from now on and will be for four years. LMU Munich is interested in increasing the number of female employees and encourages women to apply.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


Please send applications with a motivation letter, CV and two recommendations to PD Dr. Elena Kronberg ( Deadline is June 15, 2024.

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