February 2015
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[Met-jobs] Postdoc position: Greenhouse Gas emission at urban scale (INFLUX)

Date Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:35:09 -0500 (EST)

Job #55824 (announced on 02/13/2015)

The Department of Meteorology at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking to fill a postdoctoral researcher position to work on a multi-specie atmospheric flux inversion in the Indianapolis Flux project (INFLUX: The project aims at quantifying the emissions of greeenhouse gases (GHG) over the metropolitan area of Indianapolis using multiple approaches. Current research at Penn State focused on the development of a high-resolution atmospheric inversion system able to quantify GHG emissions at very high resolution (~1km) using the largest urban deployment of GHG sensors with 12 instrumented surface towers. Atmospheric inverse techniques provide an independent evaluation of GHG emissions based on energy use statistics thanks to the use of atmospheric measurements. However, these methods cannot disentangle the contributors at the origin of the emissions in the atmospheric signals, which limits our ability to attribute GHG emissions to specific sectors of the economy. The use of advanced inverse techniques as well as assimilating additional trace gases (non-CO2) are two important avenues for atmospheric monitoring systems to provide process-based information at the urban scale. 

The successful applicant will develop innovative approaches to quantify sectoral emissions in the urban inverse framework, taking advantage of intensive flask measurement campaigns. Experience in inverse techniques, data assimilation, or applied statistics is required. The candidate will use statistical methods to explore the spatial and temporal structures in the atmospheric data and their relationships with various proxies of urban activities. For example, Bayesian statistical techniques, geostatistical methods, or ensemble approaches could be applied to the large collection of GHG measurements to better understand the urban metabolism. 

The initial appointment is for one year with opportunity for renewal for an additional one year contingent on funding. Interested applicants should upload a CV, a cover letter describing your research interests, and names of three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The position can start as early as May 2015.

Thomas Lauvaux
Research Scientist / Adjunct Assistant Professor of Meteorology at PennState       
MS 233-301H, Jet Propulsion Laboratory            
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena CA  91109-8099  USA
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