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8600 Dübendorf
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Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.
24 months Postdoc / Scientist position in the field of mid-IR laser absorption spectroscopy

The Laboratory for Air Pollution / Environmental Technology has an opening for a


The project is aimed at the further development and intensive field application of a high-precision, miniaturized mid-IR spectrometer based on quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) for water vapor measurements in the upper atmosphere (UTLS) aboard meteorological balloons. The final goal is to establish this technique as an alternative to cryogenic frost point hygrometry. The activities are supported by GCOS and involve intense collaboration with MeteoSwiss, METAS and the GRUAN station in Lindenberg.

The project forsees multiple atmospheric flights up to the stratosphere and consecutive data analysis and interpretation. Participation at international intercomparison campaign is also planed.

Job description, responsibilities and tasks

  • Further development of a prototype mid-IR laser spectrometer for balloon flights

  • Validation, calibration, and intercomparison of the instrument

  • Coordination and realization of field campaigns in Payerne (CH) and Lindenberg (DE)

  • Communication of the results in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences


Required skills

  • PhD in physics or a related discipline

  • Solid background in optics, laser spectroscopy, and electronics

  • Experience in experimental research and field campaigns

  • The ability to conduct independent scientific work

  • Programming skills (eg. Python, LabView, Matlab)

  • Fluency in English is required; oral expression skills in German are desirable

The position is available from September 2020 and will remain open until filled. Applications received before 31 July 2020 receive full consideration.

For further information about the position please contact Dr. Lukas Emmenegger and visit our websites and Empa-Video

We look forward to receiving your online application including a letter of motivation, CV, diplomas with transcripts, a list of publications and contact details of three referees. Please upload the requested documents through our webpage. Applications via email will not be considered.

Empa, David Heusser, Human Resources, Ueberlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.
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