Postdoctoral Fellow in Mars Data Assimilation

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, August 16, 2021
Archive Date: 
Monday, September 13, 2021
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
United Arab Emirates University
Department Name: 
National Space Science and Technology Center
Street Line 1: 
P.O. Box 15551
City: 
Al Ain
State/Province: 
Abu Dhabi
Country: 
United Arab Emirates
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, UAE, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Mars Data Assimilation. The anticipated start date is the beginning of 2022, for an initial period of two years. Review of applications will begin on 1 October 2021. 

The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) arrived at Mars in February 2021. Its unique orbit and viewing geometry make it an ideal platform to use data assimilation to combine observations with Mars General Circulation Model (GCM) simulations. The purpose of this position is to expand an existing data assimilation scheme to also assimilate aerosol and trace gas data (dust, water ice, water vapour, and ozone) from EMM’s instruments, primarily data from the thermal infrared Emirates Mars Infrared Spectrometer, but also from the visible/UV Emirates eXploration Imager. The aim is to assimilate as many datasets from EMM’s instruments simultaneously, to produce complete climate states that incorporate all of EMM’s lower atmosphere observations.

The postdoc will have some freedom to develop this research as they like, within the bounds of what has been done already. They will be expected to use the obtained data products to perform independent research on open science questions related to Mars’ atmosphere. NSSTC will also require the successful candidate to devote some of their time to its operational Earth Observation objectives, based on personal experience and expertise. 

The assimilation scheme is based on the LETKF and uses the LMD Mars GCM, with previous work using observations from ExoMars-TGO-ACS and NASA-MRO-MCS. An ideal candidate will already have experience with some or all of these instruments and methods.

Pay Compensation
Salary Max: 
$60000.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

The position offers a competitive monthly tax-free salary, an excellent medical insurance package for the applicant and their family, and travel funds.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
Apply to Job
Attention To: 
Dr Roland Young
Title: 
Assistant Professor
Institution/Company: 
UAE University
Department Name: 
National Space Science and Technology Center
Street Line 1: 
P.O. Box 15551
City: 
Al Ain
State/Province: 
Abu Dhabi
Country: 
United Arab Emirates
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
601471
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Dr Roland Young
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Postdoctoral Fellow in Mars Data Assimilation