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 Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS)  February 6, 2017  Project Scientist Position




 The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS) is an international, interdisciplinary center of excellence located in Potsdam, Germany. The IASS is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal State of Brandenburg and devoted to promoting science and research for global sustainability, particularly in the areas of climate change, the earth system and the development of new technologies and social pathways to sustainability. Further information about the IASS can be accessed under 

Applications are sought for the position of a 

Project Scientist (m/f) 

Ref. No. AQ-2017-01 

at IASS Potsdam, initially for a period of two years with the possibility of extension. 

The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the work of a research group with a focus on numerical modelling of air pollution through the development of emission datasets suitable for input to atmospheric models. The successful applicant will work closely with providers of emission data at the European level as well as national and city levels to build and evaluate emission inventories suitable for studies of air pollution and climate change at scales ranging from urban- to global-scale. In addition, the successful applicant will be expected to build on these emission datasets to create emission scenarios representing technical, policy, and behavioral changes to underlying activity data, emission factors, and geographical proxies based on inter- and trans-disciplinary collaboration with other projects at IASS Potsdam and external partners. 

Candidates are expected to have a PhD degree in an environmental science related field and experience working with emission data sets. Applications from candidates with a minimum qualification at the masters level combined with extensive experience working with emission data sets may be considered in exceptional circumstances. 

In depth knowledge of air pollution science would be an advantage. Experience with one or more of the following types of modelling is not required, but would be desirable: air pollution modelling; climate modelling; inverse modelling; energy system modelling; agent-based modelling; integrated assessment modelling. 

Candidates should be fluent in written and spoken English. Working knowledge of German would be an advantage. 

The position is available from June 2017, will initially run for two years, and has the possibility of extension. The position will be filled as a contract within the public service federal employment system (TVöD). 

Are you interested in joining a dedicated, exciting team in a strongly trans-disciplinary environment? Then please send us an application, including a statement of scientific background, interests and plans, a curriculum vitae, and names of 2-3 references, either in hard copy or by e-mail no later than February 28, 2017 to: 

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS) 

c/o Tanja Baines, Berliner Str. 130, 14467 Potsdam 


Please indicate the reference number in the e-mail subject line as well as in your application. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.


AER Position January 2017

Opportunity Overview: We are looking for an Emission Scientist who will work with AER’s Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Teams[1] to develop bottom-up inventories of greenhouse gases (GHGs), ozone precursors, aerosols, and other air pollutants for a variety of scientific applications, including carbon cycle studies, atmospheric chemistry research, air quality and climate modeling, and air pollution control strategy development. Experience with using tools like SMOKE and MOVES to convert these emission inventories into gridded, speciated, hourly emission inputs for air quality and atmospheric dispersion models is required, and experience with top-down inversion methodologies to evaluate and improve emission inventories is a plus. The Emission Scientist will also be expected to pursue relevant funding opportunities in order to develop an externally funded research program, and to regularly present at scientific conferences and publish results in peer-reviewed journals. You will be able to use the extensive imagery, business activity, and other data sets produced at AER and our sister Verisk Analytics companies to provide innovative, industry-leading solutions for the emission inventory and emission modeling needs of clients in government, academia, and industry, as well as to further your own scientific research interests. The position requires individuals that have a passion for collaboration across teams and divisions, leveraging their technical and scientific skill to inspire creativity across the organization.  Interested applicants should include a cover letter with their application detailing why you feel you are a good fit for this role and precisely how your prior experience and technical skill set match the job requirements.

Qualifications Include:

  • A graduate degree in the physical sciences or engineering (e.g., Chemistry, Meteorology, Physics, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering) that included coursework and research projects relevant to the Emission Scientist position
  • 2+ years of practical work experience with emission inventory development and emissions modeling


  • Support AER’s Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Teams through emission inventory data development, inventory assessment, control strategy assessment, and emission modeling
  • Work may include:
    • Collection and processing of activity and emission data for use in inventory development
    • Development of relevant emission factors
    • Development and application of growth rates
    • Developing spatial and temporal profiles for different emission sectors
    • Control technology assessment
    • Regulatory analysis
  • Develop and lead an externally funded research program on emission modeling, the Earth’s carbon and nitrogen cycles, or other relevant scientific topics
  • Author scientific reports and journal articles
  • Present at scientific and industry conferences
  • Maintain active, positive, and productive relationships with clients and collaborators

Technical and Scientific Skills:

  • Expertise with bottom-up emission inventory development
  • Expertise in using models like SMOKE and/or MOVES to prepare emission inputs for air quality models like CMAQ, CAMx, or WRF-Chem
  • Expertise with GIS data and tools
  • Expertise using inversion methodologies to create top-down emission estimates of GHGs and other air pollutants
  • Excellent scientific programming skills in FORTRAN and other languages (e.g., Python, R, Perl, IDL)
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong scientific understanding of the biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nitrogen and how they influence atmospheric composition is a plus
  • Experience with 3D Eulerian air quality models (e.g., CMAQ, CAMx, or WRF-Chem) or Lagrangian particle dispersion models (e.g., HYSPLIT, STILT, FLEXPART) is a plus
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment

AER offers a competitive wage and benefit package.   AER is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  As a federal contractor, AER welcomes priority referrals of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Please apply online at


Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) helps businesses and governments better anticipate and manage climate and weather-related risks. Large government agencies like NOAA, NASA and the Departments of Defense and Energy rely on AER’s scientists to help solve weather and climate related problems of vital national importance in energy, environment, national security and climate change. Large insurance, energy and investment firms count on AER to help them decrease weather-related losses and increase profitability by integrating state-of-the-art climate science and weather information into their planning and decision processes. Established in 1977, AER is headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts and is a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics. For more information visit




The Air Chemistry Department at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) in Mainz invites applications for a


Emissions of black carbon and other smoke constituents from industrial gas flares are still poorly quantified, despite playing an important role for the climate and air quality. The successful candidate will develop and apply innovative algorithms for the calculation of global emission rates of gas flares from the infrared observations of ESA’s new Sentinel-3 satellite, augmented with further ESA, DLR and NOAA satellites. This work will contribute to ESA’s satelite calibration activities and lay the foundations for an operational implementation in EU’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service.

The successful candidates must have

• a PhD in physics or a related discipline,

• experience the analysis of large datasets,

• experience with programming in Python, shell, Fortran, C, C++ and or similar • mathematical problem-solving skills,

• working knowledge of the English language,

• and the ability to work self-reliantly.

The following would be further advantages: experience with remote sensing and satellite data, knowledge of atmospheric physics and chemistry or gas flaring, peer-reviewed publications, good communications skills, and knowledge of the German language.

The work will be carried out in the Fire Emissions group, in close collaboration with the Satellite Research and Global Modelling groups at MPIC, and DLR, ESA, ECMWF, CNRS and Zebris GmbH. (

Payment and benefits will be according to the German TVöD payscale, TVöD 13. Initial appointment is for 1 year, renewal by 1.5 years will be possible upon mutual satisfaction.

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the number of female coworkers, and applications by women are particularly encouraged. The Max-Planck-Society has set itself the objective of employing more people with disabilities. Applications from people with disabilities are expressly encouraged.

Please send your application (1-2 pages), CV, list of publications and contact details of two referees by 10 December 2014 to Johannes Kaiser <>.


Johannes W. Kaiser

Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

fon +49 6131 305 4071