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[Met-jobs] PhD student position in Global Environmental Measurements and Modelling, Sweden

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Thu, 30 Aug 2012 08:50:33 +0000

PhD student position in Global Environmental Measurements and Modelling

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 

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

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 
- maximum one A4 page
  3.  Publications:
- relevant work such as bachelor's or master's thesis (or outline of a thesis 
under preparation).

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. 
The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 2012-09-30

For questions, please contact:

Professor Donal Murtagh (, +46-31-772 56 51 or
Professor Michael Kahnert (, +46-11-495-8013.

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