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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral research positions on atmospheric composition, LATMOS, Paris, France

Date Fri, 5 Aug 2011 14:04:44 +0200

Postdoctoral positions in the field of atmospheric composition and its

The LATMOS laboratory, located at the University Pierre and Marie Curie in
the center of Paris, invites applications for 2 postdoctoral researcher
positions funded by the European Commission. The contracts will start
between autumn 2011 and early 2012.

The proposed work will contribute to the following European projects:

- ACCESS (Arctic Climate Change, Economy and Society) running from 2011 to
2015 (see
The goals of the ACCESS project are to evaluate climatic impacts in the
Arctic on marine transportation, fisheries, marine mammals and the
extraction of hydrocarbons for the next 20 years, with particular
attention to environmental sensitivities and sustainability. The Arctic is
a region undergoing unprecedented changes. The work at LATMOS will focus
on quantification of the impact of local emissions (shipping, resource
extraction) and remote mid-latitude pollution on present-day and future
air composition in the Arctic. The LATMOS group will also participate in
an aircraft campaign which will provide data on emissions and plume
dispersion from shipping and oil/gas extraction. The post-doctoral work
will focus on global and north-hemispheric scales, and links with regional
modeling work.

- MACC-II (Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate): ? planned to start early
2012 for 3 years. The goal of MACC-II is to provide state of the art
simulations of atmospheric composition for recent years using models run
on the operational system at ECMWF, as a well as results for monitoring
present conditions and provision of chemical forecasts, for example, for
field campaigns. The available position will focus on the quantification,
harmonization and evaluation of surface emissions at the global and
regional scales, the participation in a pilot study of the use of inverse
modeling techniques to improve emissions in the context of the MACC-II
modeling work. The LATMOS group will also participate in the development
of a new emissions database for atmospheric constituents, and will work
with other European groups on interconnections between different databases
for emissions, observations and modeling results.

Qualifications and requirements for the positions:
- PhD in atmospheric sciences or in a similar field
- Experience in atmospheric chemistry modeling / analysis of atmospheric
observations / surface emissions
- Programming skills in Unix/Linux, Fortran, and scientific visualization
programs (Matlab, IDL or NCL)
- Good English language skills
- Willingness to work in an international framework, and to attend the
different meetings organized within each project.

Review of the applications will start mid-September 2011, and will
continue until the positions are filled. The positions are available for
2-3 years. To apply, send a detailed CV (including a list of
publications), a letter of motivation in English, and the email addresses
of two academic referees to:

Claire Granier:
Kathy Law:

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