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Research scientist to lead the development of new methods to quantify greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities based on in-­‐situ atmospheric measurements

Research scientist to lead the development of new methods to quantify greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities based on in-­‐situ atmospheric measurements

Laboratory for Sciences of Climate and Environment (LSCE) logo

Laboratory for Sciences of Climate and Environment (LSCE)

The Laboratoire des sciences du climat et de l’environnement (LSCE, Climate and Environment Sciences Laboratory) is one of the major laboratories in the world for the study of climate and in particular climate change. It plays a very important role within the framework of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which involves many of its researchers. Located at Gif sur Yvette, near Paris, the LSCE host more than 300 persons: administrative agents, technicians, engineers, researchers working as modelers like experimenters, glaciologists as specialists in remote sensing or air quality study.


Gif sur Yvette (near Paris), France


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Geosciences Instrumentation and Data Systems (GI)



Salary follows national directives including full social and health benefits, and is adjusted for work experience.

Required education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

18 November 2017

Job description

Comprehensive information about greenhouse gas emissions is essential for decision makers to track the effectiveness of emission control policies in the context of the Paris Agreement on Climate. To answer that need, LSCE launches new research program known as TRACE ( ) funded for four years by the French National Research agency and corporate partners THALES ALENIA SPACE, SUEZ and TOTAL. The TRACE program will develop new GHG emissions measurement methods, going from the scale of industrial sites up to national and global CO2 and CH4 budgets, using satellite-mounted infrared spectrometers instruments and arrays of low-cost sensors deployed in situ, on the surface, around emitting industrial sites.

Job description – Responsibilities and tasks:
- Organize the research activities of the TRACE project dealing with the monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities using in-situ atmospheric measurements and low-cost sensors,
- Ensure an efficient day-to-day management of TRACE activities related to emissions from industrial facilities in relation with corporate partners Total and Suez
- Coordinate the data acquisition strategy, participate to the field campaigns, and promote the collaborative analysis of the results with academic and corporate scientists,
- Work with LSCE researchers and co-supervise staff from the project (two persons) for organizing field campaigns at industrial facilities with atmospheric sensors,
- Lead and contribute to the writing of peer-reviewed publications with the results from TRACE,
- Contribute to research projects connected to the objectives of TRACE,
- Promote the project results at international conferences and initiatives (e.g. IG3IS)

Required skills/experience:
- Knowledge in atmospheric science, and methods to estimate GHG emissions using measurements and models, with a special focus on CH4
- Expertise on GHG sensors and field measurements, tracer dispersion models, inverse methods
- Programming (ideally in Fortran, Python and R),
- Leadership and ability to work collaboratively with a team of researchers and engineers,
- Excellent scientific writing skills and track record of peer reviewed publications,
- Previous involvement in research projects,

Education: PhD in climate or atmospheric sciences
Location: Laboratoire des Science du Climat et de l’Environnement (
Contract duration: Up to 48 months *Starting date: 
*The position is available from Jan 2018 and will remain open until filled.
Salary includes full social and health benefits, adjusted for work experience.
How to apply: 
Applicants should submit a complete application package by email to: The application package should include (1) a curriculum vitae including most important recent publications, (2) statement of motivation and (3) names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references.