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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Urban Greenhouse Gas Measurements and Modeling


Laboratory Programs, Special Programs Office

opportunity location
50.60.01.C0790 Gaithersburg, MD 20899

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Anna Karion 303-746-6141


The NIST Greenhouse Gas Measurements Program is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to study sources and sinks of greenhouse gases (GHG) in urban areas. Opportunities are available to advance the measurement and modeling of greenhouse gas emissions in the NIST Urban Testbeds. Possible projects include:

·      Advanced modeling of high-accuracy in-situ carbon dioxide and methane observations,

·      Multi-species analyses incorporating other in-situ, flask-based, or aircraft data sets,

·      Analysis and modeling of publicly available spaceborne GHG or air quality observations (e.g., from TROPOMI or OCO-3), or

·      Development of calibration methods for commercially available carbon dioxide, methane, and/or ethane sensors. 


We are interested in efforts that develop new or improved measurement capabilities, models, or applications, including analyses that combine different types of observational data sets to understand urban GHG emissions.


More information on the NIST Greenhouse Gas Measurements Program:


More information on the NIST Urban Testbeds:


Literature references:


Yadav, V., S. Ghosh, K. Mueller, A. Karion, G. Roest, S. M. Gourdji, I. Lopez-Coto, K. R. Gurney, N. Parazoo, K. R. Verhulst, J. Kim, S. Prinzivalli, C. Fain, T. Nehrkorn, M. Mountain, R. F. Keeling, R. F. Weiss, R. Duren, C. E. Miller and J. Whetstone (2021). "The Impact of COVID-19 on CO2 Emissions in the Los Angeles and Washington DC/Baltimore Metropolitan Areas." Geophysical Research Letters 48(11): e2021GL092744.

Karion, A., W. Callahan, M. Stock, S. Prinzivalli, K. R. Verhulst, J. Kim, P. K. Salameh, I. Lopez-Coto and J. Whetstone (2020). "Greenhouse gas observations from the Northeast Corridor tower network." Earth Syst. Sci. Data 12(1): 699-717.

Mueller, K. L., T. Lauvaux, K. R. Gurney, G. Roest, S. Ghosh, S. M. Gourdji, A. Karion, P. DeCola and J. Whetstone (2021). "An emerging GHG estimation approach can help cities achieve their climate and sustainability goals." Environmental Research Letters 16(8): 13.

key words
Greenhouse gas; methane; carbon dioxide; urban; inverse modeling


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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