September 2013
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[Met-jobs] Post Doctoral Research Position, Department of Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University

Date Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:35:47 -0400 (EDT)

The Department of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University is seeking 
to fill a post doctoral researcher position to work on transport uncertainties 
in atmospheric CO2 flux inversions. The PennState regional inversion system has 
been developed in the Mid-Continent Intensive project, part of the North 
American Carbon Program, to quantify Greenhouse Gas (GHG) fluxes at the 
regional scale. More recently, the system has been used for continental scale 
inversions over North America and high resolution urban emission quantification.

The successful applicant will work with the PennState regional inversion system 
coupled to the NASA Carbon Monitoring System CMS-Flux to study and quantify the 
impact of atmospheric transport errors in inverse flux estimates at continental 
and global scales. The NASA CMS-Flux system was created to conduct atmospheric 
inversions utilizing satellite column CO2 (XCO2) observations from current and 
future satellite missions (GOSAT and OCO-2). The candidate will use the 
mesoscale atmospheric model WRF coupled to a Lagrangian Dispersion modeling 
framework to simulate the atmospheric transport of CO2 and develop innovative 
approaches to quantify transport errors in the inverse solution.

The candidate will join a group led by Prof. Kenneth Davis and engaged in 
projects to quantify GHG fluxes at continental, regional, and urban scales. The 
candidate will work in collaboration with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 
co-developers of the NASA CMS-Flux system. The initial appointment is for one 
year with opportunity for renewal for an additional two years contingent on 
funding and performance.

Interested applicants should submit a CV, a cover letter describing your 
research interests, and names of three references to Dr. Thomas Lauvaux 
( or Prof. Kenneth Davis ( Review of 
applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 
Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in 
accordance with Penn State policy HR-99.  Penn State is committed to 
affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

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