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Postdoctoral researcher position: Sources and impacts of air pollution in the Eurasian Arctic

Posted 22/02/2018

Applications are invited for a CNRS postdoctoral research position on Arctic air pollution to work jointly at LSCE and LATMOS located in Paris, France, funded by the European Union, for a period of 21 months

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Context and objectives

The postdoctoral researcher will work within the framework of the new European Union H2020 ERA-Planet project and more specifically on Strand 4: Integrative and Comprehensive Understanding on Polar Environments (iCUPE) (see https://www.atm.helsinki.fi/icupe/). iCUPE focuses on improving knowledge about sources and impacts of Arctic pollution with a focus on the Eurasian Arctic through integrated analysis of in-situ and satellite data combined with regional modelling. Recent aircraft observations collected in Western Siberia (YAK-AEROSIB, https://yak-aerosib.lsce.ipsl.fr) will be analysed together with available ground-based and satellite data, to improve quantification of pollutant emissions in Siberia related, for example, to oil/gas extraction, domestic combustion and other natural/anthropogenic sources, with a focus on short-lived climate forcers (black carbon, methane, …). Data analysis will be combined with regional chemical modelling, using the WRF-Chem model, to examine pollutant origins. Model simulations will be used to examine the relative contributions of local and remote (e.g. Asian) sources and their impacts, for example, on climate, regional composition/air quality or deposition to ecosystems. Sensitivities to emission datasets and their input parameters as well as model treatments of, for example, boundary layer exchange, will be examined. The proposed research builds on the French CNRS PARCS (Pollution in the Arctic System) project (http://parcs.projet.latmos.ipsl.fr/) and also contributes to the international PACES (air Pollution in the Arctic: Climate, Environment and Societies) initiative, (www.pacesproject.org/).

Qualifications and requirements for the position:

- PhD in atmospheric sciences, atmospheric chemistry, or a similar field - Experience in atmospheric chemistry modelling, analysis of atmospheric observations, pollutant emissions, handling data sets - Programming skills in Unix/Linux, Fortran, and scientific visualization programs (Python, Matlab, R, IDL, …) - Good English language and writing skills - Willingness to work in an international framework and to attend project/international meetings

Application

Application deadline: 1st May 2018. To apply, please send a detailed CV (including a list of publications), a letter of motivation (in English), and the email addresses of 3 academic referees to Jean-Daniel Paris (jean-daniel.paris@lsce.ipsl.fr) and Kathy Law: kathy.law@latmos.ipsl.fr.

About LSCE and LATMOS

The researcher will be based at LSCE (www.lsce.ipsl.fr) in Gif sur Yvette (southern Paris) and LATMOS on the Jussieu campus of the new Sorbonne Université in central Paris. LATMOS (Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales, www.latmos.ipsl.fr) has expertise in the field of atmospheric composition and pollution studies, including making field observations and chemical and aerosol modelling in the Arctic. LSCE (Laboratoire des Science du Climat et l'Environnement) has expertise in the field of atmospheric measurements and modelling of greenhouse gases and aerosols. LATMOS and LSCE are part of the Institute Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL) research federation focusing on climate science.