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Research Assistant / Postdoc - Analysis of near-surface and atmospheric CO2 measurements


Climate change and land use change have significant impacts on terrestrial ecosystems that society will have to cope with in the coming decades. At the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences - Agrosphere (IBG-3), our work contributes to an improved understanding and more reliable prediction of hydrological and bio-geochemical processes in terrestrial systems. We are part of the recently launched Integrated Greenhouse Gas Monitoring System (ITMS), which aims at an independent verification of Germany`s greenhouse gas budget through a network of measurement stations. We contribute surface-atmosphere fluxes of CO2 measured at eddy-covariance stations to this infrastructure; within the project FeaViTa we will evaluate the feasibility of contributing atmospheric CO2 concentrations from the same stations.

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Your Job:

You will support the maintenance and data analysis of eddy-covariance measurements with focus on accurate CO2 concentrations and apply methods to derive mixing layer concentrations. This includes in particular:

  • Calibration of gas analyzers
  • Business travels within Germany, possibly to Sweden, the Netherlands and conferences
  • Application, comparison and advancement of methods to derive mixing layer concentrations from near-surface concentration, flux and turbulence measurements
  • Assessment of assumptions underlying these methods using a boundary-layer model and independent measurements

Your Profile:

  • Masters with subsequent PhD degree in meteorology or a related earth, environment or natural science
  • Pertinent expertise and competences/skills in the relevant areas greenhouse gas measurements and/or micrometeorology
  • Programming skills, preferably in Python
  • Strong English language skills for daily communication
  • Driving license (European category B)

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • A large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work
  • Comprehensive training courses and individual opportunities for personal and professional further development
  • Supervision and technical support in the above mentioned tasks
  • Extensive company health management
  • Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family-friendly corporate policy
  • Flexible work (location) arrangements, e.g. partly remote work
  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

The position is limited to 26 months in 75% part-time employment (29,5 hours), with the possibility of a cost-neutral equivalent employment matching your family situation (part- or fulltime). Salary and social benefits will conform to the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) depending on the applicant’s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks assigned to them.

In addition to exciting tasks and a collaborative working atmosphere at Jülich, we have a lot more to offer: https://go.fzj.de/benefits

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

We look forward to receiving your application. The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible.

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Last Modified: 28.11.2023