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PhD positions (f/m/d) - Satellite remote sensing of greenhouse (CO2, CH4) and air pollution (CO) gases
Published(236 days ago)
Deadline for applications(214 days ago)
University of BremenBremen
The department "Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere" of the Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP) (http://www.iup.uni-bremen.de) of the University of Bremen is among the leading scientific institutions in the area of satellite remote sensing of atmospheric trace gases relevant for climate, air pollution and ozone chemistry. The IUP provides a stimulating, international, and pleasant work environment and is very well connected with the international research community. As a winner of the Total-E-Quality Science Award the University of Bremen strives for increasing the number of females in science, therefore women are explicitly encouraged to apply. Applicants with a migratory background are highly welcome. Disabled candidates will receive preferred consideration over mainly equally qualified contenders.
Two 3-year PhD positions - Satellite remote sensing of greenhouse (CO2, CH4) and air pollution (CO) gases
in Bremen, Germany
German federal pay scale E13 TV-L (50%). The time limitation is subject to the scientific qualification according to the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract, §2 (1) (WissZeitVG - Wissenschaftszeitvertrags-gesetz). Therefore, candidates may only be considered if they dispose of the respective scope of qualification periods according to §2 (1) WissZeitVG.
The IUP is strongly involved in national and international projects related to past (e.g., SCIAMACHY/ENVISAT), present (e.g., GOSAT, OCO-2) and new (e.g., Sentinel-5-Precursor (S5P)) satellites. The spectral measurements of these satellites contain information about key trace gases relevant for climate and air pollution, which can be retrieved using appropriate algorithms. The new data from S5P will allow the study of emissions with unprecedented spatial resolution.
We are currently seeking enthusiastic PhD candidates for the following research topics:
T1: Analysis of Sentinel-5-Precursor spectra and derived global distributions of carbon monoxide and methane to detect and quantify emissions of localized sources
T2: Application and optimization of the retrieval method Python-FOCAL to generate high-quality long-term global CO2 datasets from satellites (esp. GOSAT and OCO-2) for climate applications including interpretation
A M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics, astrophysics or meteorology with a grade point average better than B (English grade) or 2.0 (German grade)
Very good knowledge in at least one of the following areas: satellite remote sensing, radiative transfer, inversion theory, numerical modelling of complex systems
Very good programming skills in at least one high level programming language (ideally Python) and good knowledge of Linux (including shell scripting)
A strong interest to work in the field of satellite remote sensing of the atmosphere
Good communication skills as cooperation with various European partners is required
Good knowledge of the English and German languages in writing and speaking
For questions concerning T1 and T2 please contact:
Please indicate in your application which research theme(s) you are interested in and send your application (cover letter, CV, and copy of your degree certificates including high school) until 22.03.2019 by indicating the job ID A58/19 to: