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[Met-jobs] RESEARCH ASSOCIATE IN GREENHOUSE GAS REMOTE SENSING - Application deadline 13 January

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Date Sun, 5 Jan 2020 14:59:14 +0000



Vacancy ID:1638


Department:School of Physics & Astronomy

Vacancy terms:Full time fixed term contract for 18 months

Salary details:Grade 7 - £34,804 to £40,322 per annum

Hours per week:37.5

Advert closes midnight on:13 Jan 2020


About the role

Satellite remote sensing of greenhouse gases (GHG) CO2 and CH4 is an important research area that has the potential to transform the field of carbon cycle science by providing us with global observations on their sources and sinks and how they change with time. This information will be essential for development of reliable forecasts of the future state of the global carbon and methane budgets and climate and it will also provide us with a means for independent verification of GHG emissions supporting the international efforts to reduce fossil carbon emissions such as the Paris Agreement of the UNFCCC. 

We are seeking a Research Associate with a strong background in satellite remote sensing to work on advancing greenhouse gas retrieval methods to the Chinese TanSat and the NASA OCO-2 CO2 missions and to support the development of the upcoming CNES/UK MicroCarb CO2 satellite mission. Specifically, you will work on simulation experiments and apply retrieval methods to current missions to infer global datasets of atmospheric CO2 which will be evaluated against ground-based observations and used to assess model calculations. You will work closely with the satellite missions teams and contribute to the ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI+).

About you

With a PhD in a relevant area, you will have a proven record of working in collaborative projects and of completing those projects and their research in a timely manner. You will also have expertise in retrieval methods and radiative transfer modelling, alongside remote sensing and atmospheric science. With a good publication record and potential for future publications you will have excellent time management and problem solving skills. You will have expertise in programming in languages including Fortran, python and shell. 

Additional information

For informal enquiries, please contact

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here. 


For more details and for applications please go to:



Professor Hartmut Boesch  

Head of Earth Observation Science

Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Leicester

Leicester, UK 



T: +44 (0)116 252 2273


Twitter: @HartmutBoesch

Divisional Director, National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)


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