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[Met-jobs] Ph.D. Position at the Inst. for Advanced Sustainability Studies (Germany)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:56:51 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Effect of “low-wind” circulation types on air pollution conditions in
present and future climate

Air pollutants (e.g., black and organic carbon, sulfur and nitrogen
dioxide, other particulate matter, and ground-level ozone) are
associated with substantial environmental and health impacts. They can
also act as short-lived climate-forcing pollutants (SLCP) by affecting
the earth's energy balance, and thus contribute to anthropogenic climate
change. The impacts of these air pollutants strongly depend on their
atmospheric concentration levels and lifetimes, which are governed by
regional and local weather conditions. In particular, atmospheric
conditions associated with low or no wind activity can lead to an
accumulation of the air pollutants at the emission source and thus
increase their health and environmental impacts. The goal of this
project is to investigate the relationship between such atmospheric
circulation conditions and the concentration and residence time of air
pollutants, and thus air quality, in different regions under present
climate conditions. Furthermore, it will be assessed whether these
atmospheric conditions associated with health and climate impacts will
change under future climate scenarios.

The Ph.D. student will be involved in the activities of the SIWA teams
working on air pollution and SLCP and will gain experience in working
with Chemical Transport Models (CTMs), analysing observational data and
model output, and combining knowledge from different fields, such as
meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, climate change and air pollution.
The Ph.D. student will work together jointly with Dr. Jana Sillmann and
Dr. Tim Butler and will have the opportunity to participate in
international research collaborations as part of this project.

The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS) is an
international, interdisciplinary centre of excellence located in
Potsdam, financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and
the Federal State of Brandenburg, devoted to promoting science and
research for global sustainability, particularly in the areas of climate
change, the earth system and the development of new technologies and
social pathways to sustainability.

Candidates should have a degree in atmospheric sciences, physics,
environmental sciences or related fields and advanced computer
programming skills (UNIX, FORTRAN, R, etc.). Fluency in written and
spoken English is required. Applications, including a brief statement of
scientific background and interests, a curriculum vitae, and contact
information of 2-3 references, should be send either in hard copy or by
e-mail to:

IASS, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V.
c/o Dr. Tim Butler
Berliner Str. 130
14467 Potsdam
E-Mail: <>

Applications submitted by June 30th, 2013 will receive full
consideration, but position will remain open until filled. The IASS
particularly encourages applications from female researchers;
handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal

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