CV: Research Associate



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 Date Submitted:09-06-2021
 Last Modified:09-06-2021 (09:15)
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 Current job:Research Associate
 Employment Term:Temp/Contract
 Job location:Europe only
 Date available:immediately
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
 KeywordsData Analysis, Satellite Remote Sensing, Radiative Transfer Modelling, High Performance Computing, Matlab, Python, SNAP, Unix shell script



August  2017 - May 2021

Research Associate

Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany

application and validation of ocean colour remote sensing algorithms

parameterization of a radiative transfer model and performance of simulations with retrieved RS data (ocean colour & LIDAR)

parameterization of a coupled ocean-ice-ecosystem model and performance of simulations through high performance computing - statistical data analysis

Business or sector Public research institute


October 2015 - May 2017

Graduate Assistant

National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Ocean Physics and Modelling Group

parameterization and simulation of an ocean general circulation model

processing of ocean colour remote sensing level 3 & 4 data

supervision of undergraduate students

Business or sector Public university


September 2014 - December 2016


Tutor to undergraduate and graduate students

Self-employed (part time)

tutoring university students in Fluid Dynamics, Meteorology and Physical Oceanography for the semester exams

Business or sector Self-employed




May 2018 - May 2021

PhD in Physics


Faculty of Physics / Electrical Engineering, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Radiative transfer theory, Ocean Optics, numerical modelling, ocean colour remote sensing, Ocean and Atmosphere Dynamics, statistical data analysis


September 2014 - October 2016

MSc in Physical Oceanography


Faculty of Science, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

GIS and Remote Sensing, Physical Oceanography, physical data modelling, data analysis


January 2005 - September 2014

BSc in Physics


Department of Physics, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Mechanics, Wave Physics, Optics, Quantum Mechanics, Statistics, Calculus, Linear Algebra, Fluid Dynamics, Electronics, Statistical Physics




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Certificate of Proficiency in English, University of Michigan  |  TOEFL iBT (109/120)








DELF 1 - Diplôme d'études en langue française








Communication skills

good communication skills gained through discussing scientific results in internal meetings of a multidisciplinary project

▪ public speaking through presenting results in international conferences

▪ work ethic, empathy

▪ teamwork through acting and working in a group of scientists and technicians


Organisational / managerial skills

leadership skills (by supervising university students)

time management by having to meet strict deadlines in submitting reports and publications, as well as by having to stay on the time schedule of the PhD project

project management acquired through completing and planning an entire PhD project

conflict resolution by collaborating with colleagues from various levels and backgrounds (e.g. from Professors to students and technicians.)


Job-related skills

satellite remote sensing techniques & algorithms

processing and statistical analysis of big datasets (~TB)

writing and reviewing technical reports and scientific publications


Computer skills

The following computer skills were acquired during my current job and my Master/PhD studies:

▪ programming in: Matlab, Python, Fortran, SQL

▪ UNIX/LINUX, Shell scripting, High Performance Computing (HPC)

good command of: ESA SNAP, Microsoft Office™ tools


Other skills

Statistics, Machine learning, LaTeX, ArcGIS


Driving licence






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Interests / activities

▪ Pefanis, V., Losa, S. N., Losch, M.,                Janout, M. A. and Bracher, A. (2020). Amplified Arctic surface warming and sea-ice loss due to phytoplankton and colored dissolved material. Geophysical Research Letters,  2020GL088795. doi:

▪ Nakoudi, K., Ritter, C.,  Böckmann, C., Kunkel, D., Eppers, O., Rosanov, V., Mei, L., Pefanis, V., Jäkel, E., Herber, A., Maturilli, M. and Neuber, R. (2020). Does the Intra-Arctic Modification of Long-range Transported Aerosol Affect the Local Radiative Budget?. Remote Sensing, 12(13), 2112. doi:

▪ Nakoudi, K., Böckmann, C., Ritter, C., Pefanis, V., Maturilli, M., Bracher, A. and Neuber, R. (2020). Aerosol Investigation During the Arctic Haze Season of 2018: Optical and Microphysical Properties. EPJ Web of Conferences, 237, 02002. doi:

▪ Soppa, M. A., Pefanis, V., Hellmann, S., Losa, S. N.,  Hölemann, J., Martynov, F., Heim, B., Janout, M. A., Dinter, T., Rozanov, V. and Bracher, A. (2019). Assessing the influence of water constituents on the radiative heating of Laptev Sea shelf waters. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6 (221), 1-13. doi:


▪ Pefanis, V., Losa, S. N., Losch, M., Janout, M. A. and Bracher, A. (2020). Light Induced Physical-biogeochemical Implications in the Arctic Ocean: a Coupled Sea-ice – Ocean – Ecological Modeling Study, Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020, San Diego, CA, USA, 16 - 21 February 2020.

▪ Pefanis, V., Losa, S. N., Soppa, M. A., Losch, M., Dutkiewicz, S., Janout, M., Rozanov, V. V. and Bracher, A. (2019). Assessing bio-physical feedbacks in the Arctic Ocean under Arctic amplification, EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Austria, 7 - 12 April 2019.

▪ Losa, S. N., Soppa, M. A., Pefanis, V., Losch, M., Heim, B., Oelker, J., Dutkiewicz, S., Dinter, T., Rozanov, V. V. and Bracher, A. (2018). Modeling the Arctic coloured dissolved organic matter (CDOM) and phytoplankton diversity in/with support to/from satellite retrievals, FAMOS Annual Meeting, Bergen, Norway, 23 - 26 October 2018.

▪ Pefanis, V., Altenburg Soppa, M., Hellmann, S., Hoelemann, J., Janout, M., Martynov, F., Heim, B., Rozanov, V., Loza, S., Dinter, T. and Bracher, A. (2018). First steps towards assessing the radiation budget in the shelf areas of the Laptev Sea by remote sensing and radiative transfer modelling, 15th International Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium, Potsdam, Germany, 10 - 14 September 2018.



DFG Transregional Collaborative Research Centre TR 172 - Arctic Amplification - (AC)3


▪ (AC)3 PhD Workshop, professional orientation for PhD students, 16 - 17 May 2019, Leipzig, Germany

▪ (AC)3 PhD Workshop in statistical methods for the analysis of climate data, 15 - 16 November 2018, AWI, Bremerhaven, Germany

▪ Two-week course in ocean / atmosphere time series analysis: theory and practice, 14 - 26 October 2018, AWI, Bremerhaven, Germany

▪ International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) Summer Lecture Series 2018, 25 June – 7 July 2018, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

▪ (AC)3 PhD Workshop in machine learning, 9 March 2018, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany


▪ "Kongressreisen 2020" Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (2200€) to attend the AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 in San Diego, CA, USA.

▪ International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) 2018 Scholarship to attend the IOCCG Summer Lecture Series 2018 in France.

▪ 2018 Travel grant from the German Society of Polar Research to attend the 15th ICRSS in Potsdam, Germany.


▪ German Society of Polar Research (DGP)

▪ American Geophysical Union (AGU)

▪ European Geophysical Union (EGU)


▪ Prof. Dr. Torsten Kanzow,

▪ Dr. Markus Janout,

▪ Dr. Svetlana Losa,


AWI PhD representative 2019-2020

Teaching assistant in  NF-POGO Centre of Excellence in Observational Oceanography 2018: Remote Sensing module, 10 - 13 April 2018, AWI, Helgoland, Germany


▪ Acting, travelling, swimming

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