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Researcher on Atmospheric Greenhouse Gases Modelling

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The Cyprus Institute (CyI) is a European Non-profit Science and Technology oriented Educational and Research Institution based in Cyprus and led by an acclaimed Board of Trustees. The research agenda of the CyI is pursued at its four Research Centres: The Computation-based Science and Technology Research Centre (CaSToRC), the Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Centre (STARC), the Energy Environment Water Research Centre (EEWRC) and the Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre (CARE-C). Considerable cross-centre interaction is a characteristic of the Institute’s culture.

The Cyprus Institute invites applications for a highly qualified and motivated individual to join the Institute as Researcher in Atmospheric Sciences at the Institute’s Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre (CARE-C). This will be in the framework of the EU-H2020 “EMME-CARE” (Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Climate and Atmosphere Research Centre;; TEAMING Grant no. 856612), and in cooperation with EU Advanced Partners (Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany; University of Helsinki in Finland; and CEA in France).

Description of the Position

Greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions from the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME) region have been rising quickly in the last decade and mitigation efforts will be required to keep the goal of the Paris Agreement. In support of national inventories, atmospheric in-situ and satellite observations of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4) and co-emitted pollutants (NO2, CO) can be used to quantify emissions and their variability in response to human activities and climate change.

We seek for a junior or experienced researcher in the field of atmospheric modeling to quantify greenhouse gas emissions from the EMME countries using observed atmospheric concentrations of CO2 from OCO2 and OCO3 spaceborne sensors and of CH4 from S5P TROPOMI and GOSAT. Atmospheric inversion systems developed at LSCE (Laboratoire des Sciences du Climate et de l’Environnement, France) will be adapted to the EMME region

The successful candidate is expected to develop a research activity on modeling atmospheric GHGs within the CARE-C (Climate and Atmosphere Research Center) at The Cyprus Institute, in Cyprus. The position is opened for an early researcher with experience in numerical modeling or an experienced researcher.

Supervision and/or co-supervision of graduate students, the development of research projects is encouraged and will be facilitated and supported by scientific and administrative staff at CARE-C.

The successful candidate will be expected to support new research thrust with the highest international standards, leveraging CyI and CARE-C resources (45 million euros in the framework of EMME-CARE) and utilizing the highly competitive research facilities of the Cyprus Institute such as the “Cy-Tera” HPC ( and the Cyprus Atmospheric Observatory (CAO, which is part of international networks (WMO-GAW, EMEP, ACTRIS, TCCON).

The rank of the position will depend on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.  The initial period of the appointment will be for a duration of 30 months with the possibility of renewal, depending on performance and availability of funds. An internationally competitive remuneration package will be offered, which is commensurate with the level of experience of the successful candidate.

Responsibilities/activities to be involved in:

  • Adapt and apply atmospheric inversion system to quantify greenhouse gas / pollutant emissions in the Mediterranean and Middle east region
  • Compare inversion estimates of emissions with bottom-up activity data and inventories and analyze their mutual consistency
  • Work collaboratively with the Greenhouse Gases Emissions Group at CARE-C and the SATINV team at LSCE
  • Write peer reviewed scientific publications about the result of the research
  • Participate / develop new research projects with regional stakeholders and research teams in CARE-C and teaming partners (CEA, MPIC, Univ. Helsinki)
  • Supervise and/or Co-supervised graduate students and staff working on the relevant projects

Required Qualifications

  1. PhD in Atmospheric Sciences / Physics / Computer Science
  2. Development and application of numerical models (in atmospheric sciences but also physics, computer science, astrophysics, biology)
  3. Research experience, including publications
  4. Presentation of research results to a range of audience (scientific, non-scientific)
  5. A minimum research experience (including PhD) of
    • Ideally 3 years for Post-doc
    • Ideally 5 years for Associate Research Scientist
    • Ideally 8 years for Research Scientist
  6. Fluent in programming (Python, R, possibly Fortran)
  7. Knowledge of statistical analysis tools
  8. Handling of large datasets
  9. Ability to work independently, as well as working as part of a team
  10. Capability to develop / participate research projects
  11. Excellent interpersonal skills aimed at maintaining contacts in academic, business and governmental circles.
  12. Proficiency in spoken and written English is a prerequisite.
  13. Strong organizational skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of European research programs (e.g. Copernicus)
  • International mobility (Europe, Middle East) for scientific collaborations 


For full consideration, interested applicants should process their application at The Cyprus Institute Exelsys Platform (you will be redirected there by clicking the ‘Apply’ button) based on the instructions given. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae including a short letter of interest and a list of three (3) referees (including contact information) (all documentation should be in English and in PDF Format). For further information, please contact Prof Philippe Ciais ([email protected]). Please note that applications which do not fulfill the required qualifications and do not follow the announcement’s guidelines will not be considered.

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. 

The Cyprus Institute is an Equals Opportunity employer certified from the Cypriot Ministry of Labor and also an HRS4R accredited Institution that adheres to the European Commission’s “Charter & Code” principles for recruitment and selection. 

Contact person: Philippe Ciais

Reference number: CARE-C_RAGGM_22_03

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