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[Met-jobs] PhD student position in Global Environmental Measurements and Modelling at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

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Date Mon, 20 Feb 2012 15:48:02 +0000

PhD student position in Global Environmental Measurements and Modelling at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
The Department has 76 faculty members and enrolls about 70 PhD students from more than 30 countries. The research spans the whole spectrum, from theoretical underpinnings to applied systems development. There is extensive national and international collaboration with academia and industry all around the world.
Information about the division

The Department of Earth and Space Sciences at Chalmers University of Technology is active within environmental research, involving the development of mathematical models for interpreting global Earth-observation data sets and for Earth-system modelling. The PhD project will be a joint venture with the Research Department at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).

The PhD project is unique in offering interdisciplinary research within both environmental modelling, Earth-observation, and inverse modelling techniques. The collaboration between Chalmers University of Technology and SMHI combines work within curiosity-driven and applied research environments. The majority of the candidate's working time will be devoted to his/her own research studies. The project offers an opportunity to spend time at both institutions.

Job description

The PhD candidate's research will be devoted to employing satellite observations of atmospheric trace gases and aerosols to constrain and improve atmospheric chemical transport models. The goal is to obtain a better description of atmospheric chemical transport and aerosol dynamic processes for Earth-system climate modelling. The research will involve both modelling studies, analysis of satellite data, and inverse modelling of remote sensing observations by chemical data assimilation.

The majority of your working time is devoted to your own research studies. A PhD student is also expected to develop own ideas and communicate scientific results orally as well as in written form. In addition, the position will normally include 20% departmental work, mostly teaching duties. The employment is limited to a maximum of five years.


Preference will be given to candidates with a Master's degree in physics, mathematics, astronomy, meteorology, or a comparable qualification. You should have an interest in learning how to work with large numerical modelling systems. A good knowledge of written and spoken English is required.

Desired additional qualifications:

•  Experience in a higher programming language, especially Fortran

•  Experience with Unix/Linux and script programming.

Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20120057 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically via the web page (follow the link "PhD student position in Global Environmental Measurements and Modelling")and be attached as three pdf-files, as below:
  1. Application:
    - CV,

    - attested copies of education certificates, including grade reports and other documents, English language test, e.g. TOEFL score,

    - letters of recommendation from academic institutions and/or previous employers (optional),
  2. A letter of application detailing your specific qualifications for the position
    - maximum one A4 page
  3. Publications:
    - relevant work such as bachelor's or master's thesis (or outline of a thesis under preparation).
Application deadline: 2012-03-15
For questions, please contact:

Professor Donal Murtagh (, +46-31-772 56 51 or
Professor Michael Kahnert (

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