Applications are invited for a four-year postdoctoral research associate to join the team of a European Research Council Advanced Grant project at Oxford under the direction of Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, Halley Professor of Physics. The project, EXOCONDENSE , is aimed at developing a general understanding of the influence of condensible substances on the general circulation and climate of exoplanets, with a particular emphasis on planets of Super-Earth size and smaller, which offer richer compositional possibilities than hydrogen-dominated gas giants. Condensible behavior in planets too hot to be habitable is a particular target for study, since such planets are a richer source of data than the cooler habitable planets for which water vapor is the prime condensible. There will be opportunities for the post holder to engage with exoplanet observational programs .
Research themes include: theory and simulation of generalized condensible convection, convection parameterization in large scale general circulation models, general circulation modeling of condensible effects, physics of subsaturation, and cloud processes at a range of scales.
This is not primarily a model-development post. The emphasis is on fundamental physical phenomena, and will involve a range of techniques, including theory and idealized conceptual models that require only modest amounts of computation and code development. The post holder will have considerable freedom to formulate and carry out a research program within the general scope of the project. He or she will join a vibrant and growing community of researchers at Oxford engaged in all aspects of planetary physics, in the solar system and beyond.
Candidates should submit their applications using the "Apply Online" link.
Applications are particularly welcome from candidates belonging to groups who are under-represented in academic and academic-related posts.