Postdoctoral position in planetary atmospheres remote sensing

Brussels, Belgium
07 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

The laboratory SQUARES (Spectroscopy, Quantum Chemistry and Atmospheric Remote Sensing) is one of the leading laboratories worldwide in the field of high-resolution molecular spectroscopy, quantum chemistry and dynamics, and in atmosphere remote sensing. You will integrate the Atmospheric spectroscopy research group and in particular the planetary atmospheres remote sensing unit, which has emerged in the last few years. You will directly contribute to the study of the Mars atmosphere through the analysis of the spectral observations of different space-based instruments. You will focus primarily on the observations of the NOMAD (Nadir and Occultation for Mars Discovery) instrument on board the Exomars Trace Gas Orbiter, which has currently acquired more than 4 years of Mars spectra. You will be in charge of the analysis of these and responsible for the development of new detection and retrieval techniques based on statistical approaches. Different retrieval targets (such as water, carbon monoxide, ) are possible and this will be discussed at the beginning of the project. You will then exploit your retrieval results to improve the knowledge of Martian seasonal and/or chemistry cycles, depending on the retrieval target.

Our offer

  • A full-time research position of 1 year, with the possibility of extension for another 1-2 years
  • The opportunity to play a significant role and to invest in the research activities development of a recently built research unit
  • A stimulating research work environment where quality, professionalism and team spirit are encouraged
  • Flexible schedule and possibility to work occasionally from home
  • The opportunity to interact with several world-class investigators through the involvement of the candidate in the NOMAD scientific team
  • A job in a multicultural city, which is the heart of Europe and one of the greenest European capitals

Candidate selection

After evaluating the submitted applications, the selected candidates will be invited for an interview. ULB seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments.

How to apply

If you are interested, please send to Sophie Bauduin (

  • A detailed CV including your past achievements and a list of your publications
  • A motivation letter
  • The contact information for at least one scientific person of reference

Deadline: until the position is filled.

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