PhD position in Balloon-borne MIR laser spectroscopy for water vapor isotopes in the upper atmosphere in Dübendorf

EMPA (European Master of Public Administration Consortium) is a network of European schools, that offer master programs in public administration.


The Laser Spectroscopy group is looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate to work in the field of laser based sensor development within an SNF granted project. You will develop a lightweight laser spectrometer to be flown on balloons and perform in-situ water vapor isotope measurements in the upper atmosphere and leverage on our expertise in quantum cascade laser driving, circular multipass cell design, and FPGA-based DAQ systems. We offer a highly stimulating research environment with excellent infrastructure and broad interdisciplinary surrounding. The PhD-student will be registered at ETH Zurich, in the Department of Environmental Systems Science.
Job description, responsibilities and tasks
  • Development of a mid-IR laser spectrometer for balloon platforms
  • Validation, calibration, and intercomparison of the instrument in collaboration with METAS
  • Coordination and realization of field campaigns
  • Communication of the results in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences

Required skills
  • MSc in physics or a related discipline
  • Solid background in optics, laser spectroscopy, and electronics
  • Interest in atmospheric sciences and isotopes
  • Experience in experimental research and field campaigns
  • Excellent software skills (Python, LabView, 3D CAD, Matlab, FRED)
  • Fluency in English is required; oral expression skills in German are desirable

The position is available from December 2022 and will remain open until filled.
For further information about the position please contact Dr. Béla Tuzson and visit our websites and

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of three referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

Empa, David Heusser, Human Resources, Ueberlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.

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