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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Position: Field Study of Radiative Properties of Aerosols and Clouds in the North Atlantic. Michigan Technological University

From Claudio Mazzoleni <cmazzoleni@mtu.edu>
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Date Thu, 13 Oct 2011 10:33:13 -0400 (EDT)

Postdoctoral Position: Field Study of Radiative Properties of Aerosols and Clouds in the North Atlantic.

Michigan Technological University, USA.


We are seeking motivated and qualified candidates for a postdoctoral research position in our research group at Michigan Technological University http://www.mtu.edu/ (contingent on funding). The research will focus on measuring, analyzing and interpreting data on aerosol physical, morphological and optical properties collected at the Pico Mountain Observatory on top of the Pico Volcano in the Azores (2225 m a.s.l.) http://instaar.colorado.edu/pico/.


The project aims at understanding the effects of aerosol optical properties and morphology on climate, with an emphasis on studying the aerosol direct radiative effect above clouds in the North Atlantic.


The primary responsibilities of the successful applicant will include: 1) Frequent visits to the station to perform station maintenance, install and run new aerosol instruments, and retrieve aerosol collection media. 2) Perform analysis and interpretation of samples and data, and modeling and satellite products. 3) Teach about a one-semester-long class per year at the undergraduate and/or graduate-level in the physics department, within the Atmospheric Science Program. 4) Publish and disseminate results.


The minimum qualification is a doctoral degree in physics, atmospheric, Earth or environmental sciences or closely related fields. The ideal candidate would have a strong background in atmospheric aerosol measurement techniques, data analysis and interpretation. Due to the nature of the measurement site location, field-experience and good physical fitness are necessary. Preferably, the candidate will have some mountaineering experience to be able to regularly hike the Pico Mountain even in less-than-ideal meteorological conditions. Familiarity with the impact of aerosol optical properties on climate and radiative transfer, field-data reduction, electron microscopy and some knowledge of LabView, would be advantageous. The candidate should also be comfortable teaching classes on topics such as atmospheric physics, fluid dynamics or similar topics.


The candidate must value working independently and in collaboration with a diverse group of scientists from different departments within Michigan Tech, different institutions and backgrounds, and within the cultural settings of the Azores.


This position will be based at the Department of Physics of the Michigan Technological University located in the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula, in northern Michigan. The position is for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second and third year. Starting date will be as soon as possible and possibly no later than January 1st 2012.


To apply, send a CV with a list of publications, and a cover letter explaining why you think you will fit well within the goals of the project and describing your future research and career goals.  Provide also the names and contact information for three professional references. Please send all documents as a single pdf file to Claudio Mazzoleni (cmazzoleni@mtu.edu). Review of potential applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


For any question please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Claudio Mazzoleni (cmazzoleni@mtu.edu).


Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.



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