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PostDoc (or PhD) Position: Feasibility Study for a Smart Air Quality Network

PostDoc (or PhD) Position: Feasibility Study for a Smart Air Quality Network

Institute of Meteorology and Climate Change (IMK-IFU)

KIT-Campus Alpin


Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

starting date:

1st of June 2017


Prof. Dr. Stefan Emeis

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and its Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research / Atmospheric Environmental Research (KIT/IMK-IFU) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, invites applications for a

Post-doctoral position (or PhD):
Feasibility Study for a Smart Air Quality Network

Public meteorological and air quality measurement networks are no longer the only data source in cities. Low-cost sensor networks are rapidly developing. Some of these networks are going to be based on the cell phone network.

We seek a researcher (PostDoc or PhD) to

  • Prepare and conduct a feasibility study on the applicability of various already existing or planned low-cost sensor networks in cities
  • integrate data from such networks in climatological and air quality assessments with high spatial and temporal resolution
  • compare the obtained datasets with hexacopter measurements in Augsburg (Germany)
  • compare the obtained datasets with numerical model simulations with three-dimensional meso-scale and micro-scale chemistry-transport models for Augsburg (Germany).


The candidate should hold a University Diploma or Master Degree in Meteorology, Natural or Engineering Sciences or a related field. A profound knowledge in programming (Fortran), in handling vast amounts of data and in running numerical simulation models is required. Competencies in negotiating with public and private authorities and with other project partners are an important asset. Good oral and written language skills in English are mandatory.

We offer

We offer an excellent infrastructure and an international research environment in the beautiful surroundings of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Early career researchers will be supported by the IFU Graduate Of-fice with regard to training and career development.

The appointment will be for 3 years, expected to start on June 1, 2017. Remuneration is on the basis of the wage agreement of the civil service in TV-L EG13, depending on qualifications and experience (PhD students receive roughly three quarters of this amount).

If the successful candidate chooses to pursue a PhD, the dissertation is to be submitted at the University of Cologne (Germany).

The position is funded by the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and is part of a larger project together with other scientific and industrial partners in Southern Germany. For more information please contact Prof. Dr. Stefan Emeis (stefan.emeis(at)kit.edu).


Applications include a CV with publication list, a short (1-2 page) letter of motivation and contact details for 2 referees, and should be sent electronically to Prof. Dr. Stefan Emeis (stefan.emeis(at)kit.edu) until May 15, 2017 at the latest.

The position remains open until a suitable candidate has been selected. The motivation letter should clearly state your skills, and how you feel you can contribute to the main tasks. Applications that are incomplete or do not meet the requirements will not be considered.

KIT strives to achieve gender balance at all levels of employment. Therefore, we particularly encourage female candidates to apply for this position. Applicants with disabilities will be preferentially considered if equally qualified.