[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc on Emissions from Gas Flaring - Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany

Megan L. Melamed megan at igacproject.org
Wed Nov 12 11:22:32 MST 2014

The Air Chemistry Department at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
(MPIC) in Mainz invites applications for a


Emissions of black carbon and other smoke constituents from industrial gas
flares are still poorly quantified, despite playing an important role for
the climate and air quality. The successful candidate will develop and
apply innovative algorithms for the calculation of global emission rates of
gas flares from the infrared observations of ESA’s new Sentinel-3
satellite, augmented with further ESA, DLR and NOAA satellites. This work
will contribute to ESA’s satelite calibration activities and lay the
foundations for an operational implementation in EU’s Copernicus Atmosphere
Monitoring Service.

The successful candidates must have
• a PhD in physics or a related discipline,
• experience the analysis of large datasets,
• experience with programming in Python, shell, Fortran, C, C++ and or
similar • mathematical problem-solving skills,
• working knowledge of the English language,
• and the ability to work self-reliantly.

The following would be further advantages: experience with remote sensing
and satellite data, knowledge of atmospheric physics and chemistry or gas
flaring, peer-reviewed publications, good communications skills, and
knowledge of the German language.

The work will be carried out in the Fire Emissions group, in close
collaboration with the Satellite Research and Global Modelling groups at
MPIC, and DLR, ESA, ECMWF, CNRS and Zebris GmbH. (

Payment and benefits will be according to the German TVöD payscale, TVöD
13. Initial appointment is for 1 year, renewal by 1.5 years will be
possible upon mutual satisfaction.

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the number of female coworkers,
and applications by women are particularly encouraged. The
Max-Planck-Society has set itself the objective of employing more people
with disabilities. Applications from people with disabilities are expressly

Please send your application (1-2 pages), CV, list of publications and
contact details of two referees by 10 December 2014 to Johannes Kaiser <
j.kaiser at mpic.de>.

Megan L. Melamed, PhD
IGAC Executive Officer
University of Colorado/CIRES
Box 216 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0216 USA
Email: megan at igacproject.org
Skype: megan.melamed
Web: igacproject.org
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