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[Met-jobs] Post-Doctoral Position (m/f), Ref-Nr. AQGC-2015-02

From "Baines, Tanja" <>
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Date Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:54:08 +0000

Detailed attribution of ozone production to emissions of VOC precursors


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 social pathways to sustainability.


As part of the IASS program of work, the institute has established a research focus on Air Quality in the context of Global Change, which seeks to identify transformative pathways for the mitigation of poor air quality, globally the single largest environmental risk factor for premature death. IASS researchers actively engage with stakeholders from science and civil society a transdisciplinary agenda-setting process. Current research projects aim to understand the sources of air pollutants and their precursors, their transformation processes in the atmosphere, impacts, and options for mitigation.


To strengthen these efforts, the IASS is looking to fill a


Post-Doctoral Position (m/f)

Ref-Nr. AQGC-2015-02

This position
is available until December 31, 2016, with the possibility of extension thereafter, to investigate the detailed mechanisms of ozone formation using the regional air quality model WRF-Chem. The project will provide information about ozone formation mechanisms and possible mitigation pathways underlying policy-relevant applications, by delivering information about the quantity of ozone formed during atmospheric oxidation of different VOC, and the timing of this ozone production. Of particular interest is the potential for long range transport of VOC oxidation intermediates to contribute to background tropospheric ozone, or to exceedance of air quality thresholds in downwind regions. The main task of the project will be the implementation into the WRF-Chem model of a method for tagging the oxidation intermediates of VOC which has already been successfully implemented and tested in a global modelling framework.


Applications are invited from researchers with a PhD in atmospheric sciences or a related area, and a strong background in the development of regional scale air quality models. Experience in model development with WRF-Chem will be a distinct advantage. Candidates should have well developed scientific computer programming skills (UNIX, FORTRAN, etc.), and be fluent in written and spoken English.



Please send us an application, including a statement of scientific background, interests and plans, a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and names of 2-3 references, either in hard copy or by e-mail to:


IASS, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V.

Tanja Baines

Berliner Str. 130

14467 Potsdam




The position is available immediately. The application deadline is May 15, 2015. The position will be filled as an IASS international fellowship (tax-free stipend), which allows substantial flexibility and freedom to carry out the overall task as the researcher deems appropriate. The IASS particularly encourages applications from female researchers; handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.



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