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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Quantitative Spectroscopic Measurements for Climate Science Applications


Material Measurement Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division

opportunity location
50.64.61.B1641 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Joseph Terence Hodges 301.975.2605
Roger Dale van Zee 301-975-2363


This research focuses on advanced spectroscopic techniques for quantitative analysis of light-matter interaction in the Earth's atmosphere with an emphasis on greenhouse-gas and atmospheric-aerosol monitoring applications. Research opportunities include the development and application of high-accuracy, ultrasensitive cavity-enhanced methods with visible and infrared diode lasers, optical frequency combs and broadband sources. A major goal of this work is to provide quality-assured techniques and spectroscopic reference data to support climate change science.  This research aims to improve radiative models and field and remote-sensing measurements of atmospheric gases such as O2, CO2, CH4, and water vapor. For example, we are conducting cavity ring-down absorption spectroscopy (CRDS) and photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS) of rotationally resolved cavity ring-down absorption measurements of H2O, O2, and CO2, to enable SI traceability of ground and satellite measurements of greenhouse gases in terms of high-accuracy line parameter data. Another goal is to characterize the radiative properties of natural and anthropogenic atmospheric aerosols and particulate matter including soot, secondary organics, and inorganic particulate matter.  To this end we combine the CRDS and PAS methods with aerosol generation and particle counting techniques to measure the extinction, absorption, and albedo of complex heterogeneous aerosol mixtures which are relevant to understanding and predicting climate change.



key words
Infrared laser spectroscopy; Trace gases; Greenhouse gas remote sensing and monitoring; Atmospheric aerosols


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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