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Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.

The Laboratory for Air Pollution / Environmental Technology has an opening for a

4-year postdoc position on Atmospheric modelling of carbon dioxide and methane

Carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) are the two most important long-lived greenhouse gases contributing to climate change. Understanding and quantifying their anthropogenic emissions and exchange with the biosphere is of great interest in the context of international climate treaties such as the Paris Agreement.

Atmospheric observations in combination with atmospheric transport and inverse modelling can be used to quantify greenhouse gas sources top-down and, thereby, to provide independent information for the verification of national emission inventories collectedbottom-up from activity data and emission factors.

In the framework of two newly funded EU projects (CHE and VERIFY) we will conduct atmospheric transport and inverse modelling of CO2 and CH4 at European scale, with the aim to quantify their sources, and to support the future development of the observation system that will combine measurements from satellites and ground-based networks.

The successful candidate will continue our developments in advanced Eulerian (COSMO-GHG) and Lagrangian (FLEXPART-COSMO) transport modelling.Forward Eulerian simulations will be used to understand how future satellites observe city and power plant plumes, while Lagrangian backward simulations are foreseen to quantify European and country-scale emissions through inverse modelling. The working time will be divided equally between the two thematically strongly related projects. The Postdoc will benefit from an inspiring international environment, participate in regular project meetings, manage Empa's tasks and deliverables, and closely collaborate with our project partners.

Required qualifications:

You have a Ph.D. in physics, atmospheric sciences, environmental engineering or a related discipline, and a strong background in atmospheric numerical modeling. Candidates with an outstanding publication record and proven competencies in this field will be considered. Excellent programming skills and fluency in English are required; basic comprehension and oral expression skills in German are desirable.

We offer a highly stimulating research environment with excellent infrastructure and broad interdisciplinary surrounding.

The appointment can start immediately, preferably before March 2018. Applications received before 15 November 2017 will receive full consideration.

For further information about the position please contact Dr Dominik Brunner, dominik.brunner@empa.ch and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s and Empa-Video.

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

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