Post-Doctoral Position on Modelling Arctic Air Pollution Distributions and Impacts

The LATMOS ( laboratory, located at the University Pierre and Marie Curie in the center of Paris (Jussieu campus), invites applications for a postdoctoral researcher funded by the European Union to start in early 2015.

The postdoctoral researcher will work as part of a large European Union FP7 integrated project, ICE-ARC (Ice Climate and Economics – Arctic Research on Change, (2014-2017), that aims to improve understanding of the multiple stresses involved in the changing in the Arctic marine environment. A particular focus is on the rapid retreat and collapse of Arctic sea ice cover and assessment of the climatic (ice, ocean, atmosphere and ecosystem), economic and social impacts of these stresses on regional and global scales. The project includes the collection of new data such as vertical aerosol/cloud distributions on buoys in the Arctic Ocean (IAOOS project, see, regional/global climate and marine ecosystem modeling, as well as the study of the socio-economic consequences of climate change in the Arctic. LATMOS is also involved in several other projects focusing on the Arctic such as the French ANR CLIMSLIP (Climate Impacts of Short-lived Pollutants and Methane in the Arctic) project.

Arctic aerosol distributions are not well simulated by current chemistry-climate models, due to uncertainties in knowledge/treatments of aerosol lifetimes and processing during transport with implications for assessment of climate impacts. Aerosol-cloud interactions are also highly uncertain. Within ICE-ARC the postdoc working at LATMOS will focus on evaluating Arctic aerosol distributions and radiative impacts in the regional model WRF-Chem. Simulations will be evaluated against available satellite and in-situ data, such as IAOOS, and compared with results from a global climate model. Potential impacts of Arctic air pollutants (aerosols, ozone) on regional air quality,
ecosystems, and climate to local sources of pollution that may change significantly in the future will also be examined. This may include the study of chemistry-climate interactions driven by changing climate and sea-ice distributions.

The position is open for 18 months, initially, and there may be possibilities to extend.

Qualifications and requirements for the position:

  •  PhD in atmospheric sciences, atmospheric chemistry, or a similar field
  •  Experience in atmospheric chemistry modeling / analysis of atmospheric observations
  •  Programming skills in Unix/Linux, Fortran, and scientific visualization programs (Matlab, IDL, and/or NCL)
  •  Good English language and writing skills
  •  Willingness to work in an international framework, and to attend project/international meetings

Review of the applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, please send a detailed CV (including a list of publications), a letter of motivation in English, and the email addresses of two academic referees to Kathy Law:

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