Researcher Position in Multi-Media Modeling of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Institution/Department: Meteorological Synthesizing Centre – East, Department of Environmental
Sciences (O-2,, Jožef Stefan Institute
Department Address: Reactor Center, Brinje 40, 1262 Dol pri Ljubljani

Start Date: Summer-Fall 2024 (flexible)
Duration: The position will initially be granted for one year with the option of prolongation.


Meteorological Synthesizing Centre – East (MSC-E), hosted by the Department of Environmental
Sciences at the Jožef Stefan Institute (Ljubljana, Slovenia), is one of the research centers of the EMEP
scientific program operating under the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution.
The Centre conducts cutting-edge research and operational simulations of environmental dispersion
of toxic substances on both European and global scales, with a focus on atmospheric and multi-media
modeling of toxic metals and persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Comprehensive assessments
provided by MSC-E on pollution trends within specific regions and countries, coupled with its
assessments of transboundary pollution, serve as valuable tools for policymakers to gauge the success
of pollution control measures.

MSC-E invites applications for a researcher position in multi-media modeling of persistent organic
pollutants (POPs). The successful candidate will join a scientific group of the Centre focused on the
development and application of chemical transport models for pollution assessment.

Primary Objectives and Responsibilities:

  • Update and further develop the multi-media modeling approach in the GLEMOS chemical
    transport model for selected POPs such as polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated
    biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated dibenzo(p)dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs), and
    hexachlorobenzene (HCB);
  • Conduct model assessment of POP dispersion and cycling in the environment over the
    European region and on a global scale;
  • Analyze modeling data and disseminate results through annual reports, journal publications
    and presentations at conferences.
  • PhD or equivalent degree in atmospheric sciences, environmental science or other related
    fields (physics, chemistry, applied mathematics, etc.);
  • Proficiency in programming languages commonly used in environmental modeling (Fortran,
    Python, etc.);
  • Experience in scientific computing, numerical modelling and working with high performance
    computing systems (HPC);
  • Demonstrated expertise in data analysis and interpretation of model output.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary research
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Application Materials:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV);
  • Cover letter outlining research interests, relevant experience, and career goals;
  • A complete list of publications that demonstrate high-quality, independent and continuous
    research activity;
  • Contact information for three professional reference.

Position / Salary: H019007 Scientific associate; annual gross salary 33.552 €.

Contact Information: For further information, please contact Dr. Oleg Travnikov, Jožef Stefan Institute,