Postdoctoral position

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena

Microbiology & EcologyEarth Sciences and Climate Research

Job code 05042017

Type of Job


Postdoctoral position

Job Offer from April 18, 2017

The Biogeochemical Systems Department of the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to contribute to its CoMet mission.

Our research

The Biogeochemical Systems Department develops methods to measure greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and develops and applies numerical models to quantify sources and sinks of the greenhouse gases at the earth’s surface. Within the CoMet (CO2 and Methane) mission in 2018, in-situ and remote sensing measurements of greenhouse gases and associated trace gases will be made with the German research aircraft HALO over Europe, with a specific focus on strong methane emitting regions such as the upper Silesian coal mining region. Coordinated with two additional low-flying aircraft and with ground-based measurements, a strong observational constraint on GHG emissions is expected.

Your tasks

We are searching for a skilled and motivated individual to contribute to this mission. To assist in flight planning during the mission, a greenhouse gas forecasting system is being developed, using the mesoscale WRF-GHG model. This modelling system can be further developed and applied to interpret the multiple data streams that will be provided by CoMet, including carbon isotope measurements and column-integrated remote sensing, both airborne and ground-based. This work is will contribute to the development of modelling capabilities to constrain anthropogenic fluxes of CO2 and CH4 using inverse modelling at regional scale. While the tasks foreseen within the project are primarily concerned with modelling, active participation in the CoMet campaign is encouraged, testing and operating the continuous and flask-based air samplers and processing data.  

Our offer

The position is within the BMBF-funded project AIRSPACE, with a consortium of DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, the Institut für Umweltphysik at the University of Bremen, and the MPI-BGC, all participants in the CoMet campaign. The position is for three years, and can begin any time. Remuneration is according to the collective wage agreement for the public service (TVöD), level E13. Candidates with a PhD with a focus on atmospheric transport modelling, inverse modelling, or meteorological forecasting are sought.

Your application

The Max-Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Please send a cover letter describing your experience, CV, three reference letters, and a list of publications to Dr. habil. Christoph Gerbig at . Any questions regarding the position can be addressed to him as well.

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Hans-Knöll-Str. 10
07745 Jena

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