PhD position in satellite remote sensing of formaldehyde and nitrogen dioxide
We are seeking a PhD-student to develop, improve and evaluate multi-decadal satellite measurements of formaldehyde and nitrogen dioxide in order to test their use as Essential Climate Variables (ECVs). The PhD-project aims to improve critical assumptions in the satellite retrieval, to minimize the influence of external parameters, and it should lead to an improved error characterization of satellite-derived ECVs. Special attention will be paid to using high spatial resolution and improved surface characterization from Land ECV retrievals of surface albedo and leaf area index. The successful candidate will evaluate the improved retrievals to assess their use for applications, such as the inverse modeling of isoprene and nitrogen oxide emissions, and a better characterization of tropospheric ozone. The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Folkert Boersma and Prof. Dr. Maarten Krol. The candidate is expected to collaborate with a team of 2 PhD-students and 2 Postdocs from Dr. Boersma’s ongoing NWO-VIDI project. Regular work visits to KNMI, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, are envisaged. The expected starting date of the PhD position is 1 May 2014. The successful applicant will be funded by the recently selected FP7-project Quality Assurance for Essential Climate Variables (QA4ECV). This project, led by KNMI (Dr. Boersma), is a 17-partner effort that aims at implementing a traceable quality assurance system for multi-decadal ECVs, including formaldehyde and nitrogen dioxide. The selected candidate will be employed at the Wageningen University (WUR) Meteorology and Air Quality department. The Wageningen Meteorology and Air Quality department contributes to the further understanding of atmospheric processes and their relevance for weather, air quality and climate.
We are searching for an excellent candidate with a MSc in physics, atmospheric sciences, computational sciences or a closely related discipline. Proven research experience is a strong asset. Experience with scientific programming is desirable. Candidates with good communication skills are preferred.
Nr of positions available : 1
Conditions of employment
- A challenging job in a young, ambitious research team
- A highly dynamical, international, and multidisciplinary research environment
- A temporary full time position for a period of 18 months with extension of 30 months after a successful evaluation. Start date as soon as possible.
- Gross monthly salary from €2.083 (first year) to €2.664 (fourth year) in line with the Collective Agreement for Dutch Universities
- An attractive package of fringe benefits, including end-of-year allowance, a personal development program for Ph.D students (WIMEK-Sense ), and excellent sport facilities
Contract type: Temporary, Onbekend
The Meteorology and Air Quality group is specialised in explaining dispersion of atmospheric constituents through multiple scales ranging from the atmospheric boundary layer and the atmospheric meso-scale to the global circulation. We employ a range of physically based numerical models to explain air quality observations and to address societal and political relevant issues, which ensures our work is multi-disciplinary and challenging.
Wageningen UR (University and Research centre) is an international leader in education and research in the fields of healthy food and living environment. We contribute to improving the quality of life. We are always looking for talented colleagues. Passionate people who want to put their expertise to work for tomorrow’s world.
Application procedure information
Dr. K. F. (Folkert) Boersma, +31-30-2206618, Meteorology and Air Quality Group (www.knmi.nl/~boersma). More information about WUR can be found at www.wageningenur.nl.