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University Professorship (W3) “Atmospheric Trace Gases and Remote Sensing“

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) Campus Süd
76131, Karlsruhe (DE)
Closing date
31 Jul 2024

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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) – The Research University in the Helmholtz Association creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is our goal to make significant contributions to mastering the global challenges of mankind in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,800 employees of KIT cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in research, academic education, and innovation.


Division I – Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering, Engler-Bunte-Institute (EBI), KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering offers as soon as possible a permanent


University Professorship (W3) “Atmospheric Trace Gases and Remote Sensing”


We are looking for an internationally recognised person in the field of remote sensing of atmospheric composition. You have experience in the deployment, respectively in the development, of remote sensing instruments and methods, preferably including the thermal infrared. Your research improves the process understanding regarding atmospheric composition and climate. You will lead the section “Balloons, Aircrafts and Satellites” at IMKASF and develop it further in terms of technology and research content.. Your research creates interfaces towards other observational methods and modelling at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, at KIT, in the Helmholtz Programme “Changing Earth” and beyond.


The IMKASF comprises three sections, all of them working on key areas related to questions about the role of atmospheric composition in climate change, in particular the role of the stratosphere. The section assigned to this professorship combines world-leading expertise in the development and application of infrared remote sensing and retrieval theory using various platforms and devices (e.g. MIPAS, GLORIA and the further development GLORIA-Lite). The other two sections focus on remote sensing of atmospheric composition from the ground and from operational satellites, as well as atmospheric modelling of air composition in global and regional model configurations. The institute sections collaborate closely in a spirit of partnership. A joint research data management is being continuously developed .


KIT offers an excellent interdisciplinary environment at the interface between natural sciences and engineering. You will cooperate closely with colleagues at the KIT Centers for Climate and Environment and MathSEE and their graduate schools. You will have numerous opportunities to establish new collaborations at KIT and beyond. In your function as section head in the program-oriented research you actively engage in the development of our infrastructures in the Research Field Earth and Environment and contribute to the Helmholtz Programme “Changing Earth – Sustaining our Future”, particularly in the framework of the new “Karlsruhe Integrated Atmospheric Observation System (KIAOS)”. Successful acquisition of third-party funding thereby serves to strengthen and further develop your research focii.


With a reduced teaching obligation of 2 semester hours per week, you will represent Atmospheric Remote Sensing in compulsory and optional lectures and practical training of the degree programs "Meteorology and Climate Physics” (BSc/MSc,German/English). Participation in the academic self-administration of KIT is appreciated.


A PhD in meteorology, physics, environmental physics or a related subject area is expected. Outstanding, internationally visible academic achievements (equivalent to habilitation or successfully evaluated junior professorship) are required, experience in personnel management and pedagogical aptitude need to be demonstrated.


Employment is subject to Art. 14, par. (2) of the KIT Act in conjunction with Art. 47 LHG Baden-Württemberg (Act of Baden-Württemberg on Universities and Colleges).


As a family-friendly university, KIT offers part-time employment, leaves for family reasons, dual career services, and accompanying coaching for enhancing the work-life balance.


We wish to recruit new staff (female/male/non-binary) as homogeneously as possible and, hence, strongly encourage qualified women to apply.


Recognized severely disabled persons having the same qualification will be preferred.


Applications with the usual documents (i.e. cover letter, curriculum vitae, research concept, description of previous teaching activities and teaching concept, equal opportunity and diversity concept, as well as an overview of acquired third-party funding and a publication list) are to be sent as a single PDF file until July 31, 2024 by using the vacancy number 1257/2024 to the Division IV via the KIT Department of Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76128 Karlsruhe by e-mail:

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Joaquim Pinto, e-mail:


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