Postdoctoral Fellow in Earth and Mars atmospheric retrievals

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, August 28, 2020
Archive Date: 
Friday, September 25, 2020
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 UAE University (UAEU) in Al Ain, UAE invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Earth and Mars atmospheric retrievals. The anticipated start date is likely to be sometime during late Fall 2020.

The UAE is developing a research base in space science, and the main goal of this position is to build local expertise in atmospheric retrievals. This will maximise the scientific return from the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), prepare Emirati researchers for future missions, and familiarise them with the tools and principles used in atmospheric remote sensing. We seek a postdoctoral researcher with demonstrated expertise in UV/visible/IR and/or thermal IR/microwave atmospheric retrievals to work alongside a Senior Researcher to develop this program. This will involve software development, retrieval product generation, student training, and scientific analysis.

EMM launched in July 2020 to study Mars' climate, the links between Mars' lower atmosphere and its upper atmosphere, what processes drive diurnal variations, and atmospheric escape. The main technical aspect of the position is to develop algorithms to convert EMM calibrated spectra into atmospheric quantities using EMM’s publicly available dataset. The point of this work is to build expertise among Emirati students and researchers in the methods and mathematical principles of atmospheric retrievals, radiative transfer modelling, and scientific computing, by involving them at all stages of this process. The full job description at Jobs @ UAEU describes the specific tasks required for this objective.

In addition, the Postdoctoral Fellow will assist the Senior Researcher in a research program studying certain aspects of the lower Martian atmosphere based on these data products. They will also contribute, where appropriate, to NSSTC research and development projects in Earth observation where atmospheric retrievals are required.

Included Benefits: 

The position offers a competitive monthly tax-free salary, an excellent medical insurance package for the applicant and their family, and economy class tickets for the applicant to return to their home country each year. Screening of applications will begin on 6 September 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 25, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Dr Roland Young
Title: 
Assistant Professor
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
Email: 
roland.young@uaeu.ac.ae
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
601183
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Dr Roland Young
Subject: 
Postdoctoral Fellow in Earth and Mars atmospheric retrievals
Email: 
roland.young@uaeu.ac.ae