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Research position in greenhouse gas and air quality modeling (f/m)

Ref.: 1739/21-1

The Department of Numerical Weather Prediction in the framework of the partial legal capacity of the Zentralanstalt für Meteorologie und Geodynamik (ZAMG), 1190 Vienna, Hohe Warte 38, plans to strengthen its team and offers a

 Research position in greenhouse gas and air quality modeling (f/m)

Greenhouse gases (GHGs) and air pollutants are emitted by a variety of sources, both natural and anthropogenic. Numerical atmospheric dispersion models are used at ZAMG to predict air quality (AQ) and to estimate possible sources of air pollutants and GHGs.

The carbon cycle is an essential part of the earth system and countries are obliged to report their emissions to UNFCCC. The quantification of this cycle is fundamental but such estimates are highly uncertain and need independent verification. The main goal of this position will be to support the estimation of GHG fluxes (sources and sinks) by applying state-of-the-art modeling and to improve and validate them with observational data (EO and in-situ).

The successful candidate will join the section Chemical Weather Forecasts (CWET) and will work closely together with the team members responsible for the maintenance and development of the models WRF-Chem and FLEXPART, which are currently used to simulate atmospheric chemistry and transport processes at ZAMG. The CWET team is a highly motivated and innovative group of international scientist. The possibility for further training and education is provided on a regular base for all staff members. Participation at international scientific conferences and workshops is supported as well as publishing peer-reviewed papers.

Requirements/Essential Skills:

  • Unrestricted access to the Austrian labor market
  • University degree or equivalent in meteorology, physics, or a related subject
  • Excellent knowledge of scientific programming using a high-level programming language (e.g., Fortran, Python)
  • Ability to work/develop within a Linux/Unix environment and high performance computing facility (HPCF)
  • Ability to set-up applications in an operational environment
  • Experience in the fields of atmospheric chemistry and dispersion modeling
  • Good working knowledge of the English language (spoken and written)
  • Ability to work as part of a team, high level of commitment
  • Experience in writing scientific reports and peer- reviewed papers

Beneficial Skills:

  • Good working knowledge of the German language (spoken and written)
  • Experience in the acquisition, execution, and development of national and international research and cooperation projects
  • Experience with WRF-Chem and/or FLEXPART
  • Experience in greenhouse gas modeling
  • Code refactoring, Git and GitLab

Job profile:

The new staff member will join the department of Numerical Weather Prediction (section “Chemical Weather Forecasts”) at ZAMG and work in the following fields: 

  • Installing/applying/developing the chemical transport model WRF-Chem and the Lagrangian particle model FLEXPART
  • Emission data processing and preparation for chemical transport- and dispersion models
  • Evaluation of GHG fluxes and air pollutants obtained from state-of-the-art modeling systems
  • Improvement of biogenic emission models with Earth observation (EO) and in-situ data
  • Acquisition and coordination of national and international research and cooperation projects, in particular in the field of GHG and AQ modeling
  • Cooperation with the national and international modeling community


Duty Station and place of employment:

Austria, 1190 Vienna, Hohe Warte 38

Start of employment:

2nd of May 2022

Working time:

40 hours per week (full time)

Duration of employment:

Limited in time for 1.5 years with option for extension. New employees go through a probationary period of one month.


In analogy to the federal VB-scheme (v1/1) and depending on the candidate’s background and qualifications: € 3.050,20 (gross) per month; the salary is approx. 5% lower during starting period (first six months of employment).


Interested candidates are invited to send their application documents (motivation letter plus CV, including diploma certificates) via E-mail to the application team of ZAMG bewerbung@zamg.ac.at and to Dr. Marcus Hirtl until 13th of February 2022.

The invitation for an interview will be sent to the candidates via E-mail. Please note that ZAMG will not refund any travel and accommodation expenses for travels to/from Vienna for the interview.

We especially encourage women to apply.

Attention is drawn to the fact that by submitting your application you expressly consent to the processing of your personal data.

HIRTL Marcus Mag., Ph.D.Chemische Wettervorhersage+43(0)1 36026 2406
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