Postdoc Position in High Latitude Dust modeling

Glacial dust plain in Narsarsuaq, Greenland

Contact: [email protected]

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Within the interdisciplinary project ECO-Plains “Ecological and climate impacts of Greenlandic glacial outwash plains”, the Extreme Environments Research Laboratory (EERL) is looking for a postdoc to simulate atmospheric transport and processes of glacial dust. Dust samples have been collected from various Greenlandic outwash plains to analyze their INP ability as well as microbial communities. At the same time, real-time observations at various sites within and near outwash plains have been conducted to study the lofting of dust. Large scale remote sensing analysis is used to estimate the area of dust plains in Greenland and the probability of them to function as source of atmospheric dust and INP.

The postdoc will join the existing team of remote sensing specialists, atmospheric scientists and biologists to implement observational results into a chemical transport model. Simulations shall for example investigate the importance of Greenlandic dust for Arctic cloud formation, aerosol radiation interaction and aerial dispersal of microorganisms.

The successful candidate will ideally

  • Have a track record in atmospheric chemical transport modeling, specifically including aerosols
  • Be interested in implementing high latitude dust features into a chemical transport model, or improving existing ones
  • Be motivated in collaborating in an interdisciplinary team
  • Have a general interest in polar science
  • Carry out projects independently
  • Has good interpersonal skills and is a team player
  • Has good knowledge of English (written and spoken).

The main tasks will be

  • Perform numerical simulations to study the various effects of Greenlandic dust on the Arctic atmosphere
  • Analysis and publication of results.
  • Build a strong network in the field of research.
  • Participate in education, and PhD and master student supervision.

We offer

  • A dynamic, interdisciplinary and young research group.
  • A vibrant, internationally visible and rising academic institution in alpine and polar environments research.
  • A great working atmosphere and ample opportunities for professional and personal development with access to many continuing education courses.

The contract will initially be issued for one year with the option of prolongation.

EERL focuses on understanding natural and anthropogenic atmospheric processes, as well as exchange processes between the atmosphere and cryosphere, ocean and (inhabited) land that have climate impact and are impacted by climate. EERL forms part of EPFL’s new Alpine and Polar Environments Research Centre (ALPOLE) in Sion, Switzerland.

For the application via the EPFL recruiting platform (not yet open), please submit a motivation letter including your interests and qualifications, a CV and publication list, as well as three referees.