Scientist (f/m/d) Instrumental Analytics and Air Quality Monitoring
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Conducting research for a changing society: This is what drives us at Forschungszentrum Jülich. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, we aim to tackle the grand societal challenges of our time and conduct research into the possibilities of a digitized society, a climate-friendly energy system, and a resource-efficient economy. Work together with around 6,800 employees in one of Europe’s biggest research centres and help us to shape change!
The atmosphere is a highly complex system influenced and driven by countless chemical and physical processes. At the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Troposphere (IEK-8) – we investigate the physical and chemical processes in the lower atmosphere (troposphere) that control atmospheric self-cleaning and lead to the formation of aerosols and ozone that are relevant to health and climate. Atmospheric process understanding and predictions use complex models that are underpinned by observations. Without high-quality observation data to constrain predictive models, any forecast of the atmosphere is highly unreliable. The Aerosol, Clouds and Trace Gases Research Infrastructure (ACTRIS) is the pan-European research infrastructure producing high-quality data and information on short-lived atmospheric constituents and on the processes leading to the variability of these constituents in natural and controlled atmospheres.
Within the framework of ACTRIS we are looking to recruit a
Scientist – Instrumental Analytics and Air Quality Monitoring
ACTRIS offers access to high-quality long-term atmospheric data and its state-of-the-art facilities. It develops new technologies and algorithms for monitoring activities relevant for climate and air quality models, satellite retrievals and forecast systems, serving a vast community of users working in research, space agencies, operational services, public and private sectors. ACTRIS technologies are fostered by Topical Centers (TCs). This includes:
Provision of measurement quality assurance and quality control procedures
Knowledge transfer and operator training
Improvement of measurement and retrieval methodologies for aerosol, clouds, and reactive trace gases.
The ACTRIS Centre for Reactive Trace Gases In Situ Measurements “CiGas” is managed by the IEK-8 and provides this support for Reactive Trace Gases in the atmosphere. For the implementation and operational support of CiGas your tasks will be in detail:
Development and revision of Measurement Guidelines (MGs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for biogenic and anthropogenic organic compounds, based on proven procedures and methodologies in close cooperation with international bodies (e.g. Global Atmosphere Watch [GAW], National Metrological Institutes [NMIs]), and users
Visiting measurement facilities within Europe for conducting audits checking the operation and performance of the facilities according to ACTRIS MGs and SOPs
Organization and participation in overarching intercomparisons
Provide training and consultancy for volatile organic compound-analytics to the ACTRIS community and users
Research and development in measuring and analysing reactive trace gases in air
PhD in analytical / environmental chemistry or a comparable discipline connected to measurements of organic compounds in the atmosphere
Profound work experience in gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (PTR-MS)
Advanced skills in data analysis and representation
Experience in a programming language (e.g. Python)
Professional teamwork skills as well as excellent communication skills
Fluent writing and conversation skills in English
We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:
A vibrant, international, interdisciplinary working environment on an attractive research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work, situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
Development of your personal strengths through a wide spectrum of advanced training and professional development programs
Flexible working hours and family friendly solutions
Employment limited to five years with the possibility of a longer-term perspective
Full-time position with the option of slightly reduced working hours and 30 days of annual leave
Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service
The position is initially for a fixed term of two years, with possible long-term prospects. Salary and social benefits will be in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD).
Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.
We also welcome applications from disabled persons.
The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving your application via our Online Recruitment System!
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