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CSC-Tübingen PhD Program: Project 08/2020:
Experimental study of the particulate matter distribution and transport at the urban-rural boundary

Topic Description:Particulate matter number concentrations and transport are measured using optical
particle counters (OPC) at small ground stations and aboard automatically operating multi-copters. The measurement systems are operated both in peripheral urban areas and neighboring rural regimes. Measurements are accompanied by a (state of the art) numerical dispersion model. The
concentration and transport are quantified during various weather situations, with first focus on wind direction and thermal stratification of the lower atmospheric boundary layer. The effect of moss hedges / walls on the number concentration and its efficiency of air purification by extracting particulate matter out of the air during the year are quantified. Tasks of the PhD candidate: Adaption of the measurement equipment (sensors, aircraft and pilot are provided); execution of the measurements at various sites (including China, if desired), selection and execution of the dispersion model, overall data analysis. A pilot study was successfully carried out in Nepal recently, establishing good scientific connections. Thus, parts of this study could also be performed in Nepal.

Faculty: Faculty of Science
Institute/Section/Subject:Centre for Applied Geo-Science, Environmental Physics

Supervising Professors:Prof. Dr. habil. Jens Bange and Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Platis (

About the Supervisors:atmospheric physics, turbulence, boundary-layer meteorology, wind energy, gases,air particles (from fine dust to pollen), sensor development, airborne measurement technology

Requirements for the application:Required Degrees: physics or meteorology or aeronautical or fluid-mechanical engineering
Language Requirements: English
Notes: We are looking for PhD a candidate who enjoys experimental field work. Programming skills are necessary for the data analysis and the complementary numerical study. Both funding lines A and B (full time or sandwich) are possible.

For further instructions on how to apply, more information on the program and contact details please see below.


CSC-Tübingen PhD Program
The China Scholarship Council (CSC) and the University of Tübingen have established a PhD Program which supports Chinese nationals inside and outside of China wishing to carry out all or part of their PhD study in Tübingen.


  • providing high quality research training to qualified students from Chinese universities
  • developing education and research collaborations between the University of Tübingen and Chinese universities and research institutions

Target group:
Excellent postgraduate and doctoral students from Chinese universities who are citizens and permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China at the time of application

Details: Full time fellowship:
  • postgraduate students who want to carry out their complete doctoral studies at the University of Tübingen
  • up to 48 months
  • degree conferred by the University of Tübingen

Details: Part time fellowship (sandwich model):
  • doctoral students who want to carry out their research and studies alternatively at their home universities and the University of Tübingen. They follow a schedule set in advance by both the Chinese supervisors and supervisors at the University of Tübingen
  • 6-24 months in Tübingen
  • degree conferred by the Chinese home university

Funding (part-time fellowship):
  • Annual living allowance as prescribed by the Chinese Government (which includes Overseas Student Health Cover) for 6-24 months

  • Funding (full-time fellowship):
    • Annual living allowance as prescribed by the Chinese Government (which includes Overseas Student Health Cover)
    • Return airfare to Germany
    • Visa application fees
    • Support for the attendance of international conferences during the second and third year (up to 1000€ granted to successful applicants)

    • Tuition waiver
    • Option to take German language classes provided by the University of Tübingen during the first year
    • Accommodation offered in Tübingen student dormitories depending on availability
    • Opportunities to gain additional teaching and research experience as well as economic benefits from the University of Tübingen from the second year onward (depending on the ability of the applicant and the situation of the respective institute)

    Application Process:
    • Jan 15: Application deadline. Applications must be handed in through the online application system of the University of Tübingen
    • by March 1: Successful applicants will be officially informed
    • by April 5: Invited applicants have to register with the CSC according to the regulations of the CSC.
    • by May 31: Final decisions about the allocation of scholarships will be made by the CSC
    • June: Program participants will be invited for a welcome seminar in Beijing
    • by Oct 1: Program participants arrive in Tübingen
    • Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their studies.

    How to Apply:
    In order to apply you need to upload the following documents combined in 1 PDF
    • Cover/Motivation letter
    • CV
    • Research proposal
    • Academic transcripts
    • Proof of proficient skills in the required languages (if possible certificates, proficiency=comprehension of a wide range of demanding, longer texts as well as fluent and spontaneous expression allowing a flexible and effective language use for social, academic and professional purposes.)

    For questions please contact the representation of the University of Tübingen in Beijing:
    European Centre for Chinese Studies (ECCS)
    Mr. Christian Buskühl
    Peking University Pacific Science and Technology Development Center
    52, Haidian Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100080 / Room 708
    北京大学太平洋科技发展中心, 北京市 海淀区 海淀路52号 708室 / 邮编: 100080

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