Lunds universitet, Naturvetenskapliga fakulteten, INES

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Subject description
The Inverse Modelling group at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science (INES), Lund University, together with the ICOS Carbon Portal seek a post-doctoral fellow to work on the quantification of biogenic and anthropogenic CO2 emissions based on assimilating relevant observational data.

Together with international collaborators the Inverse Modelling group develops and applies inverse modelling / data assimilation systems that employ a range of observations to constrain surface-atmosphere CO2 exchange fluxes. These systems are widely used in a variety of projects, in particular to the EU funded project CoCO2 (

ICOS Carbon Portal, hosted by the same department, together with the ICOS central facilities and the scientific community, develops operational data products and services building on ICOS observations that analyse the state of the carbon cycle of Europe. These data products and services are built around state of the art computer models that need to be adapted to run at Carbon Portal and deliver results that inform scientists, policy makers and the general public.

Work duties

The main duties involved in this research engineer position is to support the development and application of modelling tools directed towards monitoring and verification of greenhouse gas fluxes in the framework of climate mitigation.

The research engineer shall perform the following duties:

  • Carry out further development, testing and application of a fossil fuel data assimilation system (FFDAS), either stand alone or in a coupled carbon cycle data assimilation system (CCFFDAS)
  • Conduct experiments to simultaneously study biogenic carbon cycling and anthropogenic fossil fuel emissions constrained by potential remotely sensed atmospheric CO2 concentrations with a focus on Europe
  • Setting up and running a demonstrator of regional atmospheric inversion models for CO2 and connecting the input and output data pipelines to Carbon Portal
  • (co-)Developing the user friendly interfaces that control the regular model updates and analyse the data products, targeted at scientists, the general public and policy makers.

The work will be carried out at INES, Lund University with the possibility of international collaborative work with CoCO2 research partners.

Qualification requirements

MSc in a quantitative field like Physics, Mathematics, Environmental Sciences, Physical Geography.

Additional requirements:

  • Excellent programming skills, preferably in Fortran and Python
  • Expertise in the field of Carbon Cycle science and processes determining the fluxes of carbon dioxide and methane
  • Experience with inversion modelling / data assimilation frameworks
  • Skills in management of big data and the FAIR principles
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment

Fixed-term 2-year position with preferred start at 1 June 2022. The position is full time.

Contact persons: Marko Scholze ( and Alex Vermeulen (

Instructions on how to apply

Applications should include

  • a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the employment corresponds to your qualifications.
  • The application should also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment By agreement, length: 2 years
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2022/1176
  • Marko Scholze, senior university lecturer, +46462224082,
  • Alex Vermeulen, director, 0709436931,
  • Tina Olsson, human resource coordinator, +46462224853,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-2229362
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-2229364
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-2229366
Published 06.Apr.2022
Last application date 04.May.2022 11:59 PM CEST

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