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[Met-jobs] Postdoc position at Harvard-Smithsonian in MethaSAT XCH4 Algorithm Development

From Xiong Liu <>
Cc Kelly Chance <>, Xiong Liu <>
Date Thu, 2 Jan 2020 14:40:01 -0500

We are seeking a motivated postdoctoral fellow to work with us on XCH4 algorithm development for MethaneSAT ( shortwave infrared spectroscopic measurements of local methane sources worldwide. Airborne measurements by MethaneSAT’s testbed instrument MethaneAIR will be used to develop the XCH4 algorithm for MethaneSAT before its launch in 2022. The research involves improving atmospheric spectral fitting, inversion, radiative transfer modeling, instrument calibration, and validating measurements.

The applicant must have a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, meteorology, physics, or a related field and should have a strong background in remote sensing of atmospheric trace gases and aerosols, radiative transfer modeling, and spectroscopy. Excellent computer skills, good oral and written communication skills in English as demonstrated by a publication record, and the ability to start very soon are prerequisites.

The work will be conducted at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The tentative start date is March 1, 2020 but is negotiable. The initial appointment is for 2 years with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory progress. To apply, applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact details of at least three academic references to Dr. Kelly Chance ( and Dr. Xiong Liu (

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