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Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Science and Engineering
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted 04/23/2021
Admin-Occupational and Environmental Safety
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

School: Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Department/Area: Environmental Science and Engineering

Position Description:

A postdoctoral position is available at Harvard to work on MethaneSAT (; launch 2022) in the near term. The research involves developing scientific and operational code for satellite data analysis. The MethaneSAT work is to participate in the development of retrievals in the shortwave infrared for CH4 and other gases worldwide, and in the inversion of abundance determinations to obtain source strengths. It will include participation in airborne measurements by MethaneSAT's testbed instrument MethaneAIR, used to develop the XCH4 algorithm for MethaneSAT before its launch. The research involves improving atmospheric spectral fitting, inversion, radiative transfer modeling, instrument calibration, and validation of measurements.

Basic Qualifications:

Ph.D. in atmospheric science, meteorology, physics or a related field required.

Additional Qualifications:

We also seek candidates with a strong background in remote sensing of atmospheric trace gases, spectroscopy, and radiative transfer modeling. Strong programming skills (e.g., Fortran) and shell scripting under Unix/Linux environments, and extensive plotting and mapping capabilities are crucia for this position. Strong communication skills and a good track record of writing scientific papers will also be helpful.

Contact Information:

Tanya Donnelli

Contact Email:

Special Instructions:

Please submit a current CV with publications listed, as well as a minimum of two reference letters.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

We are 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, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Internal Number: 10258
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