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     Date Submitted:09-06-2011
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     Current job:PostDoc
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     Keywordsremote sensing retrieval atmospheric science scientist numerical mathematics linear algebra IDL Matlab fortran isotopes water vapor stratosphere upper troposphere tropics polar chemistry physics radiative transfer infra red emission inversion project MIPA
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    Curriculum Vitae

    Personal Profile                      Persistent, adaptable, curious, creative, accurate, communicative

     

    Employments

    Oct. 2007 – May 2011            University Utrecht, Institute for Atmospheric and Marine Research Utrecht (IMAU), The Netherlands

    Job Title                                  PostDoc („Onderzoeker“)

    Tasks                                     

    • Planning of the roadmap and definition of milestones for project ISOSAT (retrieval of a global water isotope data set from satellite based infrared measurements with the Michelson interferometer for passive atmospheric sounding MIPAS)
    • Establishing an international remotely distributed working group
    • In-depth data characterization (Averaging Kernels, altitude resolution, sensitivity of data to perturbation)
    • In-depth error analysis of scientific data products (i.e. covariance matrices) (IDL, Matlab, Fortran)
    • Formulation and publication of a theory for the most likely transport mechanisms for water from the troposphere to the stratosphere („isotope tape recorder“) (MS-Word); 
    • Evaluation of results in the context of climate change questions;
    • Reporting and presentation on international group meetings, workshops and conferences (MS-Office);
    • Programming of visualization solutions for 2D-4D data sets (IDL, Matlab)
    • Software development fur evaluation (IDL, Matlab, Fortran)
    • Advanced training on the role of water vapour in the atmosphere
    • Reporting (funding agencies, internal)
    • Publication in international peer reviewed journals (MS-Word);
    • Contribution to inter-satellite instrument validation (MIPAS, ODIN/SMR, ACE)

    Sep. 2006 – Sep. 2007           University of Bremen, Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP), Germany

    Job Title                                  Research Associate

    Tasks  

    • Leading member of the SCIAMACHY quality working group (definition of quality requirements for SCIAMACHY products in terms of error bounds, definition of quality indicators for different stages of product levels (0-2), contact with validation and other scientific advisory groups) ;
    • Maintaining contact with ESA, DLR, KNMI, SRON and other space agencies
    • Reporting to agencies
    • Requesting monitoring data (i.e. completeness of timeseries for specific channels) and
    • Feedback to agencies, SAGs and scientists (i.e. which data should be monitored at all)
    • Coordination of the workflow for the improvement of SCIAMACHY limb products (reporting, data analysis, sensitivity studies, status meetings with  scientists);
    • Assistant to the chief project leader
    • Presentiation of results on international meetings and conferences (MS-PowerPoint);  
    • Concept for the internet appearance of the working group (Public area, secure area, contact to web developer, definition of requirements);
    • Acquirement of in-depth-knowledge about the SCIAMACHY processing environment and radiation transfer, both nadir and limb (Fortran, IDL, MS-Word, PDF-Reader)
    • Contribution to validation work for SCIAMACHY (MS-Word);
    • Data extraction (ASCII) to evaluate cloudiness of pixels for nadir measurements (IDL)
    • Feasibility of water and associated isotope retrievals from SCIAMACHY limb infrared measurements (Fortran, IDL, radiation transfer);

    Mar. 2006 – June 2006          Research Center Karlsruhe (KIT), Institute for Meteorology und Climate Research (IMK), Germany

    Job Title                                  Research Associate

    Tasks                                     

    • Preparation of a publication on HDO measurements with MIPAS (Latex, TEx, Unix);

    Aug. 2004 – Dec.2005            Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPI-K), Heidelberg, Germany

    Job Title                                  PostDoc

    Tasks                                     

    • Establishing a remotely distributed working group (MPI-K, KIT)
    • Definition of a workplan (workpackages, milestones, goals)
    • Remotely mastering a complex processing environment for satellite data
    • Software development fur evaluation (IDL)
    • Acquirement of expert knowledge about isotope related processes in the UT/LS region
    • Mathematical characterization of scientific data (covariance matrices, degrees of freedom, noise error, systematic error, total error, ensemble error, altitude resolution, shape of averaging kernels and weighting functions)
    • Programming of visualization solutions to analyze scientific content of results (IDL, MS-Excel);
    • Presentation on international group meetings, workshops and conferences (MS-PowerPoint);
    • Advanced training on inversion problems („Oxford spring school“) (Optimal Estimation, atmospheric data analysis and characterization) (IDL);
    • Writing proposals for further funding (MS-Word);

    Aug. 2003 – Dec. 2003           German Aerospace Centre (DLR) e. V., Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, German Remote Sensing Data Centre (DFD), Dep. Climate and Atmosphere Products

    Job Title                                  Research Associate

    Tasks  

    • Analysis of precipitation estimations from satellite based microwave soundings with TMI (Project EURAINSAT);
    • Platform migration and adaption of pre-existing software (FORTRAN, IDL, UNIX, Linux, fcc);
    • Data analysis, i.e. identify outliers, negative values, un-physical values, heavy cloud contamination (IDL);
      • Writing result reports (MS-Word); 

    May 2000 – July 2003           German Aerospace Centre (DLR) e.V., Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany; Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF), Dep. Atmospheric Processors (AP);

    Job Title                                   PhD Student

    Tasks           

    •  Analysis and understanding of an existing complex operational    software package to retrieve atmospheric profiles of trace gases from satellite measurements (FORTRAN, IDL);
    •  Development and implementation of new approaches to formulate constraints for underlying non-linear inversion problems (Optimal Estimation, Tikhonov, Levenberg-Marquardt);
    •  Application and software implementation of methods for systematic errors (IDL, Fortran);
    •  Analysis and implementation of a cloud recognition scheme; 
    •  Programming of auxiliary software (IDL, FORTRAN);
    •  Characterization of scientific data (degrees of freedom, noise error,   systematic error, total error, ensemble error, altitude resolution, shape of averaging kernels and weighting functions)
    •  Reporting on national and international group meetings, workshops and DLR internal papers (MS-Office);
    •  Thesis writing and publication (MS-Office);

     

    Apr. 1999 – Apr. 2000            science + computing GmbH, Munich, Germany

    Job Title                                   System Administrator

    Tasks                                     

    • Customer relation, administration and Level 2-3 support for large company-wide   distributed Unix-Systems on site and from remote (UNIX, Shell);
    • Advanced training on personal and group communication techniques („Kaeser training“),
    • Advanced training on system administration and main frame systems (VENUS, LSF)
    • Preparation of computer systems for use in training and productive environments

     

    Oct. 1998 – Dec. 1998           National Institute of Oceanography(NIO), remote sensing department, Goa, India

    Job Title                                  Guest Scientist

    Tasks                               

    · Application of a wind detection algorithm for satellite based microwave soundings with TMI (diploma thesis) to the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal-region

      Generation of sounding maps (GMT)

    · Software development for evaluation of results (Fortran)

    · Presentation of results (MS-Power Point)

    · Reporting of results  (MS-Word)

     

    Academic Education

    May 2000 – June 2004          Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany;

    Subject    Atmospheric Chemistry, Mathematics of Remote Sensing

    Focus areas                           

    ·Description of numerical methods to optimize the retrieval of atmospheric state parameters

    • Application to an operational system
    • Implementation
    • Thesis “Optimization of the parameterization for an operational off-line retrieval of atmospheric trace gas profiles from MIPAS measurements” 
    • Degree: Dr. rer. nat.; obtained on 28, June 2004

     

    Nov. 1990 – Aug. 1998           Technische-Universität, Munich and Ludwig–Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany;

    Subject   Meteorology/Physics;

    Focus areas                           

    · Theoretical Meteorology

    · Remote Sensing

    · Astronomy

    · Theoretical Physics (Fluid Dynamics)

    · Human-Bio-Meteorology

      Thesis: Remote Sensing of Wind Speed over Ocean with TMI by regression of brightness temperature

      Degree: Diploma in Meteorology; obtained on 5, August 1998

     

    Apprenticeship

    Sep. 1988 – June 1990         Deutsche Bank, Munich, Germany

     Apprenticeship as banker

     Degree: Commercial assistant certificate from thechamber of industry and commerce (IHK);

    Schooling

    Sep. 1979 – July 1988           Rupprecht-Gymnasium Munich, Germany;

     General qualification for university (Abitur);

    Languages

    German                                   Mother tongue

    English                                     Fluent (Level C)

    Dutch                                       Applicable for daily use (Certified Level B1)

    French                                     Basic knowledge (Level A1)

     

    IT skills  and experience

    Programming                        

    IDL                                           5    yrs+

                                                    Matlab                                      2    yrs+

    Fortran                                     5    yrs+

    Shell                                         2    yrs+

    C                                              0.5   yrs                                               

    Operating Systems                 

    UNIX                                        4    yrs+

                                                    Linux                                        4    yrs+

                                                    Windows incl. 2k/XP                20   yrs+

                                                    Mac OSX                                 3    yrs+                                              

    Applications                           

    MS-Word                                  12  yrs+

                                                    MS-PowerPoint                        10  yrs+

                                                    MS-Excel                                  10  yrs+

                                                    MS-Project                               1    yr+

                                                    Web-Editors                             5    yrs+

                                                    Latex                                        2    yrs+

                                                   

    Professional Memberships

    Since 2010  Member of the science committee for the „Benelux Association of Stable Isotope
Scientists”-Meeting 2010/2011 (BASIS)

    Since 2004  European Geophysical Union (EGU)

    Since 2006  American Geophysical Union (AGU)


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