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Research position in atmospheric satellite remote sensing

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    Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
    Environmental scienceEarth science
    PhysicsChemical physics
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    06/05/2022 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Belgium › Brussels


The Spectroscopy, Quantum Chemistry and Atmospheric Remote Sensing laboratory (SQUARES, https://www2.ulb.ac.be/cpm) at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is looking for a motivated candidate holding a Master degree in an exact science (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Environmental science, Bioengineering, Informatics, Geography, Mathematics, Geology,...) to perform research in the field of atmospheric remote sensing.


Satellite remote sensing of our atmosphere covers many different research branches including atmospheric composition and chemistry, the study of the global environment and climate, natural (fires, volcanoes, dust storms) and anthropogenic (agriculture, industry, transport) emissions , air quality and pollution, radiative transfer and molecular spectroscopy, inverse models, numerical analysis and algorithm design. In each of this sub-domains exciting research is being performed. The ULB-SQUARES group has built up a strong expertise in many of these domains, in particular concerning atmospheric sounding in the thermal infrared, with the IASI satellite instrument. Its measurements have allowed us to obtain major progress in understanding both short and long-lived atmospheric gases and processes that drive their distributions.

An important research line in the group concerns mapping the distributions of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) and evaluating its impacts on the Earth environment. This is achieved with current satellite instruments, but extremely challenging given their large footprint on ground.  In this perspective, we are leading a proposal for a new satellite, called Nitrosat which aims at revolutionizing 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_Exp...).

Description of the research profile

At the ULB, you will contribute to developing and improving satellite products from IASI and to their exploitation. Using the IASI record, you will be in charge of improving the techniques to detect and quantify the emission of pollutants from local sources. You will also be involved centrally in the preparatory science activities for Nitrosat.


The ideal candidate should:

• hold a Master degree in Sciences or Applied Sciences.

• have some experience with data-analysis and programming/scripting. Experience with Matlab is a bonus.

• be fluent in either French, Dutch or English and have a good basic understanding of English

• have a natural curiosity for the world around them, steered by a critical, creative, logical and problem-solving mind

• have a good sense of initiative and be well-organized

• be eager to learn and motivated to start research

• be able to work both independently and in a team

We offer

• A full-time research position of at least 1 year, with the possibility of extension

• The possibility to perform the research as part of PhD project

• 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

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


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

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


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

a detailed CV and a cover letter describing your motivation.

Deadline for applications: until the position is filled



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

EURAXESS offer ID: 700875


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