Position open: Scientist expert in the metrology of greenhouse gases at LSCE, Paris, FR

The Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) is a European distributed research infrastructure providing the long term observational data required to understand the global carbon cycle and regional greenhouse gas emissions. These observations feed in models that compute greenhouse gases (GHG) fluxes and their evolution in time.
LSCE plays a major role in ICOS, operating a large national atmospheric network and leading the Atmosphere Thematic Center (ATC). As part of the core mission of the ATC, this new permanent position requires competence in GHG measurement calibration and testing of new instruments. It is to start not before December 2013 and not after February 2013. In addition, the scientist hired will participate to several technology transfer projects involving European SMEs and industry in GHG metrology (e.g. Climate-KIC, Chaire BridGES).
This position encompasses tasks involving both metrology expertise, scientific publication using GHG data in peer reviewed journals and participation to the valorization of high precision know-how in GHG measurements. It includes the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Being in charge of the link to international WMO calibration scale ensuring accuracy of observations. Traceability to the international GHG scales of the Central Calibration Laboratory.
  • Scientific exploitation of ICOS measurement especially methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O).
  • Ensure that the Atmosphere Thematic Center of ICOS remains at the state of the art in GHG metrology.Tasks include 1) technology watch on new instruments 2) Design and implementation of tests to verify that measurements have the requested precision and accuracy for the ICOS network, 3) Develop and maintain international collaboration on the topic of calibration of GHG measurements, 4) Document and publish the results
  • Training and supervision of technicians and students on the activities listed above.
  • Participate to innovation projects with involving expertise on GHG metrology (e.g. Climate KIC) linking with the private sector, and involving the Chair Bridges.


  • At least two years of experience in research on GHG in the atmosphere. Good publication record in peer reviewed journals.
  • Knowledge and experience in GHG metrology (calibration, testing protocols) and in situ atmospheric measurement techniques (chromatography, laser spectroscopy) in particular for CH4 and N2O.
  • Experience in animation/coordination of research projects, ability to link with industry to develop innovation projects with industry partners.
  • Knowledge / contacts with European and international scientists on the topic of measurement and calibration of GHG.
  • Excellent proficiency in English.
  • Demonstrated ability for team work and capability in supervising technical personnel and / or students.

Place of work
CEA-Orme des Merisiers, LSCE, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex, France

Applications including CV, letter of motivation and the names of two reference persons should be sent to Leonard Rivier, leonard.rivier@lsce.ipsl.fr and Cecilia Garrec cecilia.garrec@lsce.ipsl.fr before November 13, 2013.

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