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Two postdoctoral research positions in satellite remote sensing

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    Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
    Environmental scienceEarth science
    PhysicsChemical physics
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    13/05/2022 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Belgium › Brussels


Job description

The Spectroscopy, Quantum Chemistry and Atmospheric Remote Sensing laboratory at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is looking for a highly motivated and skilled Postdoctoral Researcher to join his team. The research will be in the field of atmospheric remote sensing and atmospheric chemistry.


Description of the research profile

Atmospheric sounding in the infrared has for a long time mainly been dedicated to meteorology. The operation from hyperspectral sounders has remarkably served this application area in the last two decades, up to the level that these instruments have become the dominant contributors to numerical weather forecast. Even more remarkable is, however, how the hyperspectral infrared sounders have fostered the fields of atmospheric chemistry and climate, thanks to the measurements of important trace gases in the troposphere and stratosphere, globally or locally above point sources. In Europe, major achievements have been made by exploiting the radiance measurements of the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) onboard the Metop platforms, for which ULB-SQUARES is playing a leading role. An important research line in the group concerns the measurement of atmospheric ammonia, on all scales, and the evaluation of its impacts on the Earth environment. The Nitrosat Earth Explorer 11 candidate mission, led by ULB-SQUARES and recently selected by ESA to enter phase 0, has the objective to revolutionize the global mapping of ammonia and nitrogen dioxide, by providing global measurements at sub-km scale (https://www.esa.int/Applications/Observing_the_Earth/Future_EO/Earth_Explorers/Four_mission_ideas_to_compete_for_Earth_Explorer_11).


At the ULB, you will contribute to develop satellite products of ammonia (NH3) from IASI. Using the IASI record, you will be in charge of improving the techniques to detect and quantify the emission of ammonia (possibly other primary pollutants) from local sources. You will also be involved centrally in the preparatory science activities for Nitrosat, which will start in September 2021. One aspect of this research will be on the analysis of data from the NitroCam aircraft campaigns, currently ongoing.


We are looking for highly motivated, well-organized and dynamic candidates with a high level of independence and creative thinking. The successful candidates should

• hold a PhD degree in Sciences or Applied Sciences.

• have excellent oral and written English communication skills

• be able to work independently and in a team, as well as in international environment

• be eager to learn new techniques and show keen interest and curiosity driven approach to scientific questions

Experience in a relevant field, in particular in atmospheric remote sensing, spectroscopy, environmental sciences is a plus.

We offer

• A full-time research position of 1 year, with the possibility of extension for another 1-2 years

• A stimulating, research work environment where quality, professionalism and team spirit are encouraged

• Access to state-of-the-art infrastructure

• Flexible schedule and possibility to work occasionally from home

• Refund of commuting expenses when using public transportation or bicycle

• The opportunity to interact with several world-class investigators through an established network and research consortia


After evaluating the submitted applications, the selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

ULB seek to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments.



Please send to Profs. Lieven Clarisse (lieven.clarisse@ulb.be, tel: +32 2 6502578) and Pierre Coheur (pierre.coheur@ulb.be, tel.: +32 2 6502057)

• A detailed CV, including a list of your scientific publications

• A cover letter describing your motivation

• Contact information for at least 1 academic reference

Deadline for applications: until the position is filled

More Information

Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
50 Avenue F.D. Roosevelt

EURAXESS offer ID: 664277


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