Postdoctoral Fellow in Mars Atmospheric Science

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 seeks a candidate to join its Planetary Science Group as a postdoctoral fellow. Their focus will be on Mars dust storm research in preparation for and in support of the exploitation of scientific data from the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM). The anticipated start date is likely to be during late Fall 2020.

The EMM science phase is scheduled to start in early-to-mid 2021. EMM is expected to provide an unprecedented dataset of satellite images covering the Martian surface and atmosphere. The work will start with imagery and dust-climatological-data from past and existing Mars satellite missions. The initial goal is a study to gauge the feasibility of extracting information about Mars dust storms from such observations. It is common practice to identify dust storms manually by the visual inspection of Mars Daily Global Maps. This may be based on different criteria, such as dust clouds, dust storm texture/convective structures, and atmospheric fronts. Manual identification will be backed up by comparisons against the performance of automatic dust storm detection and/or machine learning methods.

Once EMM begins its science phase, the researcher will focus on EMM observations (and/or EMM data synthesized with models using data assimilation methods) as the main source of information about Martian dust storms. This will include quantitative constraints on key parameters related to the formation of dust storms, such as dust optical depth, atmospheric and surface temperatures, surface winds, etc. The objective of this part of the work is to generate a comprehensive database of Mars dust storms.

The postdoctoral fellow will also be expected to pursue independent research in the field of Mars dust storm physics/dynamics/meteorology. Should they have the required expertise and aptitude, this may include using Mars Global Climate Models on UAEU’s supercomputing cluster.

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
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
Email: 
roland.young@uaeu.ac.ae
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
601182
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Dr Claus Gebhardt
Subject: 
Postdoctoral Fellow in Mars Atmospheric Science
Email: 
claus.gebhardt@uaeu.ac.ae