Postdoc in remote sensing of fugitive gas emissions
The section Air, Land and Water Resources is dedicated to study the interaction between the atmosphere, the natural environment and the anthroposphere
The section Air, Land and Water Resources is dedicated to study the interaction between the atmosphere, the natural environment and the anthroposphere. The focus is on direct and indirect effects on functioning and stability of terrestrial ecosystems, on biosphere-atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases and reactive gases and particles, and on the effects of toxic components of the atmosphere on plant growth and human health. The research includes important feedbacks between the terrestrial biosphere and the global climate.
Scientific topics in focus:
- Greenhouse gases and global climate change
- Air pollution
- Ecosystem services and resilience
The focus of the position is the quantification of fugitive emissions. DTU Environment has secured a strong position in this field, and the candidate will contribute to strengthen this position in cooperation with other researchers at DTU as well as Danish and international external partners. Greenhouse gas emissions are of special societal importance, which the candidate will be developing methods to quantify. The research will include several approaches to monitor gas emissions from point sources to area sources using a variety of techniques – from flux chambers to satellites.
Responsibilities and tasks
A key output of the position is publication of research findings in ISI journals. The candidate is expected to publish results both as lead author, and as co-author in cooperation with other researchers and PhD students. It is also expected that the Postdoc delivers broader dissemination such as conference contributions.
The Postdoc will participate in several on-going and planned projects, which include:
- EU project to harmonise methods to measure methane emissions from biogas production facilities.
- Development of high spatial resolution satellite methodology to quantify fugitive emissions at source level.
- Quantify fugitive emissions from composting of garden waste.
- Measuring effectiveness of landfill gas mitigation initiatives (e.g. .Biocover)
Other task and responsibilities are:
- Teaching activities: Teaching in the course “Climate change - impacts, mitigation and adaptation”, Supervision of Ph.D. students.
- Field measurements in Denmark and internationally.
- Responsible for operation, reinvestment and future investment in equipment for a variety of measurement methods – including a “mobile analytical platform”, which is a vehicle fitted with various high precision analytical equipment. This mobile laboratory is used for remote sensing of fugitive emissions from landfills, wastewater treatment plants, biogas plants and more.
- Fund raising for further research in collaboration with senior colleagues.
You will engage in the development of the newly formed research section “Air, Land & Water Resources”, whose members have well established publication records within fields closely related to your focus area. Interest and capability to collaborate with other researchers, industry, consultants, authorities etc. is important, and strong communication skills are equally important.
Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.
The position requires interest in using a variety of problem solving tools to achieve your overall aims. Fieldwork is a key part of the position, whereby you will face problems requiring a “hands-on” approach. The following personal competencies are relevant for the position:
- You enjoy working with complex topics.
- You thrive on collaboration and teamwork both with colleagues and external partners.
- You believe in dialogue and feedback as the best foundation for sound decision-making.
- Interest in quantification of fugitive emissions from different sources such as landfills, energy facilities, wastewater treatment plants and similar.
- Interest in development and validation of measurement methods.
- Experience with advanced scientific data analysis and modelling.
- Experience with emission measurements and field investigations.
- Interest in public sector consultancy and project management of publicly funded projects.
- Interest in participation and collaboration in multiple projects/other activities simultaneously.
- Knowledge of general aspects of climate change and sources of greenhouse gas emissions and environmental assessment methodologies.
A driver’s license is required.
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.
Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.
The period of employment is two years, with start as soon as possible.
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Further information may be obtained from Professor Charlotte Scheutz, tel.: +45 4525 1607
You can read more about DTU Environment on www.env.dtu.dk
Please submit your online application no later than 20 August 2018 (local time).
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
- Application (cover letter)
- Diploma (MSc/PhD)
- List of publications
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
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