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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral positions with the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) Satellite Mission (University of Toronto)

From Kaley Walker <>
Date Sun, 01 Jul 2012 10:28:17 -0400

Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Canada
Postdoctoral positions - Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) Satellite

Two post-doctoral positions (PDFs) are available beginning in Fall 2012 / Winter 2013 (potentially from October 2012) in the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto. These positions are associated with the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) satellite mission (see and are funded by the Canadian Space Agency/Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council for up to two years.

Both PDFs will be part of the ACE satellite science team. The main instrument on the ACE satellite is a high resolution Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) operating in the 750-4400 cm-1 spectral region. ACE provides height profiles of a large number of atmospheric trace gases as well as the meteorological variables of temperature and pressure.

Available projects are:
1) Developing climatologies of upper tropospheric / lower stratospheric species measured by ACE-FTS and investigating the global distributions and temporal evolution of these molecules; 2) Investigations of the enrichment / depletion of minor isotopologues of atmospheric trace gases using measurements from ACE and comparisons with model simulations; 3) Validation of ACE-FTS trace gas and temperature retrievals using measurements from ground-based, airborne and satellite instruments with a focus on new data products. The PDFs will likely be involved in more than one project. The positions are based in Toronto, Canada and will be supervised by Prof. Kaley Walker. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Candidates must hold a PhD in atmospheric physics or chemistry (or a relevant and related chemistry, physics or mathematics field) and must have excellent computation, analysis and written and oral communication skills. Experience working with large data sets or satellite measurements would be an advantage. Candidates must be self-motivated and able to work independently.

Applicants should send a cv, application letter and the names of at least two (preferably three) references to Prof. Kaley Walker at: The one-page application letter should address their qualifications and suitability for the PDF position, and which project(s) they are interested in working on. Applications should arrive by 30 July 2012.
Dr. Kaley A. Walker
Associate Professor
Department of Physics, University of Toronto
60 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A7
Tel:    (416) 978 8218
FAX:    (416) 978 8905

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