Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics

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The Laboratory for Air Pollution / Environmental Technology has an opening for a

2 year Postdoc position on multiscale air pollution modelling

The Atmospheric Modelling and Remote Sensing group is looking for a highly motivated scientist to work in the field of air pollution modeling in a project funded by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). The goal is to develop a coupled modeling system for seamless simulations from the regional scale down to the street level, and to apply the model to study the impact of future changes in road transport on air quality in Switzerland. Large changes in traffic-related air pollutant emissions are expected in the next 10-15 years due to stringent vehicle emission standards, technological and political effects of the “VW diesel scandal”, and the increasing share of electrical and hybrid engines. Air quality limit exceedances will be more and more limited to cities and busy streets, places that can not sufficiently be resolved with traditional chemistry transport models. We aim to overcome this limitation by developing a multiscale modelling sytem, integrating a highly resolved city-model and a regional chemistry transport model.

 You will set up and couple two models already applied in our group, conduct a comprehensive evaluation at both country and city scale, develop emission scenarios (in collaboration with experts at FOEN), and simulate future air pollution levels for a range of scenarios with special focus on urban air pollution.

The position is immediately available for a candidate with a PhD degree in physics, environmental sciences or a related discipline. A strong background in numerical modeling and programming is required. We expect excellent English language skills; knowledge of German is advantageous.

We offer a highly stimulating research environment with a group of approximately 10 scientist working on regional scale atmospheric modelling problems, a broad interdisciplinary surrounding, and excellent computing infrastructure.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Dominik Brunner dominik.brunner@empa.ch, Tel. +41 58 765 49 44 and visit our websites www.empa.ch/web/s503 and Empa-Video

Appointments may start in June 2019 or later.


All applications received before 10 April 2019 will receive full consideration.
We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of two referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.
Empa, David Heusser, Human Resources, Ueberlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.

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