Atmospheric emission scientist (R3)

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Atmospheric emission scientist (R3)

Closing Date

Saturday, 31 October, 2020
Reference: 320_20_ES_AC_R3
Job title: Atmospheric emission scientist (R3)

About BSC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 650 staff from 49 countries.

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Context And Mission

The Atmospheric Composition group from the Earth Science department at the BSC-CNS aims to better understand and predict the spatiotemporal variations of atmospheric pollutants along with their effects upon air quality, weather and climate. The group develops and maintains the MONARCH model and the CALIOPE air quality system (“CALIdad del aire Operacional Para España”), which provides high-resolution air quality forecasts over Europe and Spain using the in-house emission model HERMES. The group follows a multidisciplinary approach, closely collaborating with other research groups within the department (Earth System Services and Computational Earth Sciences) to support theirs tasks.

The group searches for one experienced researcher willing to coordinate the emission modelling research line and support the execution of national, European and international projects related with emission and air quality modelling. The position will coordinate the development and maintenance of the multiscale HERMESv3 emission system on inter- and trans-disciplinary collaboration with other projects at the Earth Science department and external partners. As part of this task, the successful applicant will work in several Copernicus CAMS projects, including CAMS_81, CAMS/COP_066 and CAMS_50. The applicant will be also involved in the preparation of competitive grant proposals in line with the strategic plan of the department and on-going projects and collaborations related to emissions and air quality modelling.

Key Duties

  • Coordinate the development of the HERMES emission model and its coupling with the MONARCH system
  • Contribute to the improvement and constant upgrade of the CALIOPE air quality system
  • Coordinate national, European and international on-going projects
  • Prepare national, European and international competitive grant proposals
  • Publish of scientific papers in high-impact journals
  • Participate in national, European and International Forums and workshops related to emissions and air quality


  • Education
    • PhD in Environmental Engineering or similar
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • More than 6 years working within the field of emission modelling and emission inventory compilation and analysis
    • Experience running and interpreting results from global and/or regional air quality, emission and meteorological models
    • Experience in HPC environments
    • Programming languages (R, Python, ssh, bash)
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Strong skills in working in a Linux environment
    • Experience in data formats (NetCDF, GRIB, HFD5) and tools (CDO, NCO) used in Earth sciences.
    • Experience in GIS software
    • Strong technical writing skills
    • Demonstrated verbal communication and technical presentation skills
    • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
    • Participation in national, European or International projects
    • Previous experience in a scientific area related to the research position
  • Competences
    • Fluency in spoken and written English, while fluency in other European languages will be also valued
    • Capability to work as member of a research team, but also independently
    • Ability to work in a professional environment and within a multidisciplinary research team
    • Problem-solving, pro-active, result-oriented work attitude
    • Capability to work in an international and fast-paced work environment towards tight deadlines


  • The position will be located at BSC within the Earth Sciences Department
  • We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - Indefinido renewable
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Starting date: 1/11/2020

Applications Procedure

All applications must include:

  • A Cover Letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

  • A full CV in English including contact details


The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment

BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.

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