Senior Researcher in Earth and Mars atmospheric retrievals

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Friday, August 28, 2020
Archive Date: 
Friday, September 25, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
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 Senior Researcher 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 an experienced scientist with demonstrated expertise and experience in UV/visible/IR and thermal IR/microwave atmospheric retrievals from passive remote sensing instruments to lead this effort. The main objectives are:

1 - Develop algorithms to convert EMM calibrated spectra into atmospheric quantities, using EMM’s publicly available dataset, involving students and junior researchers at all stages of the process.
2 - Conduct research studying some aspect of the lower Martian atmosphere based on these data products.
3 - Contribute to NSSTC Earth observation research where atmospheric retrievals are required. In particular, the hyperspectral 813 satellite is in development at NSSTC for a 2024 launch. 813 will observe Earth in reflected solar radiation in 200 spectral bands between 400-2500 nm.

The full job description at Jobs @ UAEU describes the specific tasks required for objective (1). We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow who will assist with these tasks, and the Senior Researcher will supervise their work. A short research proposal should be included that describes how the Senior Researcher will address items (2) and (3) above. Once in post, we anticipate they will apply for funding to expand their research program, and supervise research assistants, students, and postdoctoral researchers.

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
Phone: 
+971-3-713-6143
Email: 
roland.young@uaeu.ac.ae
Institution/Company Job ID or Reference Code: 
601185
Inquiries About Job
Attention To: 
Dr Roland Young
Subject: 
Senior Researcher in Earth and Mars atmospheric retrievals
Email: 
roland.young@uaeu.ac.ae