Postdoctoral Fellow in Mars Atmospheric Science

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, May 17, 2021
Archive Date: 
Monday, June 14, 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 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 support of the exploitation of scientific data from the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM). The position is to be filled as soon as possible.

The EMM science phase is scheduled to begin shortly. EMM is expected to provide an unprecedented dataset of satellite images covering the Martian surface and atmosphere. Once the Mars dust storm season is ongoing, the researcher will focus on EMM observations (and/or EMM data synthesized with models using 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.

Initially, the work may also involve imagery and dust-climatological-data from other satellite missions. The 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.

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.

 

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

The position offers a competitive monthly tax-free salary, and an excellent medical insurance package for the applicant and their family. This is a readvertisement of a position previously advertised on AAS, and the position is to be filled as soon as possible.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, June 14, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, June 14, 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
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