Postdoctoral position to simulate the response of a new proposed instrument to potential fly on the International Space Station for measuring tropospheric methane concentrations.

Starting Date and Period

Applications are invited for a 24-months postdoctoral scientist position to work on the project “A new approach for monitoring methane emissions from space”. The start-up for the position is 1st January 2022.

Job description

The main task of the post doc will be to make a simulation of the observations that we will be albe to obtain with the proposed payload. This will include setting up and running an atmosphere model to simulate realistic observing conditions.

Based on the results of these simulations the project will move on to producing a prototype of the instrument that could eventually be installed on the international space station. This will be done in collaboration with the mechanical and electronic workshop at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Aarhus University.

Who we are

The project will be conducted at Aarhus Space Centre (, which is a new interdisciplinary thematic centre covering all space related activities at Aarhus University. The work will thus be conducted in a diverse environment, with people from Physics, Astronomy, Geoscience, Biology and Engineering.

Qualifications must include:

– Relevant university education and PhD degree.
– Solid background in atmospheric modeling and preferable also space science.
– Ability to work and collaborate in a group, to develop new ideas, and to write and communicate in English.

Place of work and area of Employment

The place of work is Ny Munkegade 120, 8000 Aarhus C and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Deadline and contact

The deadline for applications is 1. November, 2021. Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact: Assoc. prof. Christoffer Karoff (

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline. Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Natural Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Questions about the position?

Christoffer KaroffAssociate Professor, Department of

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre – Nat-Tech


Deadline: Monday 1 Nov 2021 at 23:59 CET

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