The National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) at the United Arab Emirates University in Al, Ain, UAE invites applications for a Senior Researcher position related to the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM). EMM reached Mars in February 2021 to study the influence of its climate and lower atmosphere on the escape of hydrogen and oxygen from its upper atmosphere, what atmospheric processes drive diurnal variations, and how energy is transferred from the lower-middle to the upper atmosphere.
We seek a researcher with several years' post-Ph.D. experience and a strong track record in a relevant field to propose, lead, and develop their own research program using EMM observations. The preferred start date is as soon as possible but realistically sometime during late 2021. The research program should be complementary to existing expertise and experience within NSSTC's Planetary Science group. The group's existing Mars expertise is in planetary climate modelling, data assimilation, the dust cycle, and other topics relevant to Mars' lower atmosphere and climate. The Senior Researcher's expertise could be in the upper atmosphere, surface or subsurface, polar science, ionosphere, atmospheric chemistry, or solar-planetary interactions, for example. We are particularly interested in proposals using EMM's Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer (EMUS). The proposed work should make use of EMM's publicly-available dataset.
The Senior Researcher will devote the majority of their time to their proposed research program and to developing the Planetary Science group at NSSTC. We expect them to apply for funding to expand their research program, and supervise research assistants, students, and postdoctoral researchers in due course. They will be required to devote a small amount of time to NSSTC's operational Earth Observation objectives.