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[Met-jobs] Postdoc position on air pollution and urban boundary layer

From Pierre Gentine <>
To, Chiel van Heerwaarden <>, Jordi Vila <>, "Holtslag, Bert" <>, "Steeneveld, Gert-Jan" <>, Tina Katopodes Chow <>, Elie Bou-Zeid <>, Dan Li <>, Qi Li <>
Cc Laurent Sauvage <>
Date Tue, 4 Jul 2017 11:32:20 +0200

Dear Colleagues, please find attached an open position at Columbia University:


Postdoctoral Scholar on urban boundary layer and air pollution

Columbia University

General overview of the position:

Columbia University and Climate City SAS are looking for a postdoctoral scholar to work on urban and boundary layer pollution using tethered balloons in Manhattan and its impact on health. The candidate should have a strong background on the atmospheric boundary layer especially in an urban context.

Climate City is an innovating startup company which ambition is to become the first worldwide operator of urban climate observations, in particular using airborne platforms (UAVs and balloons). The company objective is to deploy a permanent service above the main megacities, allowing the decision makers and stake holders to anticipate and decide the best adaptation actions to put in place for a better resilience and protection of their assets. The Climate city team is composed of aerospace industry and climate changes experts. More details about Climate City may be found at:

Job description:

-       Statistical analysis of historical data in frequency and time domains using state-of-the-art statistical software such as MTM/SVD, wavelets, hierarchical Bayesian models and other machine learning tools. The parameters to be analyzed are related to climate variability and change, pollution, allergens, GES…
-       Preliminary analysis of short term time series related to the above parameters (such as i.e. Particle Matter)
-       Ensure the proper implementation and operation of tethered balloons equipped with various types of instrumentation for pollution, thermodynamic, and surface observations.
-       Possibly be involved with fine scale urban boundary layer modelling (data assimilation).
In permanent contact with scientists from Columbia university (CWC) and international people involved with Climate City company.
The candidate must be familiar with statistical technics, atmospheric physics, have some modelling expertise, and have some skills in observation methodologies, and climate applications.

The position will start in the Fall of 2017 and is for 18 months

If interested, please send your application (letter of motivation, CV, publication listand three names of references) by email to Laurent Sauvage,, and Pierre Gentine,

The position will be kept open until a suitable candidate is appointed. The first reply to any application will be provided early September.

Attachment: PostdocPositionClmateCity.pdf
Description: Adobe PDF document



Pierre Gentine

Associate Professor
Dept of Earth & Env Eng
Earth Institute
Data Science Institute
Columbia University
+1 (212) 854-7287

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