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[Met-jobs] PhD Studentship IR Vision System for Cloud Detection and Monitoring--Loughborough University

From Joshua Vande-Hey <J.D.Vande-Hey@lboro.ac.uk>
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Date Thu, 6 Jun 2013 08:30:40 +0000

PhD Studentship IR Vision System for Cloud Detection and Monitoring, Ref: 
DK160413
Wolfson School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough 
University

A PhD studentship is available for high calibre candidates to join a 
collaborative project between the University and Industry to develop an 
autonomous, ground-based system for the recognition and monitoring of clouds. 
The research topic focuses on developing new concepts, methods and algorithms 
to enable accurate and reliable ground-based cloud observations using an 
infra-red (IR) camera. Topics include:

1. Correction of detected temperature distribution due to angular dependent 
atmospheric properties

2. Improved classification techniques for cloud type in order to achieve an 
acceptable false positive rate over a wide range of clouds and prevailing 
weather conditions

3. Measurement of the fractional amount of whole-sky cover, due to the observed 
clouds, at a range of specified heights

The candidates must be expecting, or have already obtained a first degree (1st 
class or high 2:1 honours or equivalent) in Engineering, Physics, Meteorology 
or other relevant subject. Good communication skills are essential and an 
interest in, and understanding of basic meteorology and/or image processing 
would be an advantage.

The proposed starting dates are 1st July 2013, 1st October 2013 or 1st December 
2013 depending on the availability of the successful applicants. The three-year 
studentship is expected to have a stipend of up to £15,000 per annum tax free 
(the exact amount will depend on experience) and candidates would not be 
required to pay any tuition fees if they are from within the EU.

After the closing date for applications, the most promising candidates will be 
invited to demonstrate their communication skills by giving a short 10 minute 
presentation (web based or in person) on an interesting project they have 
previously been involved in which will be followed by a short interview.

Please apply through the following web page: 
http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/mechman/pg-research/ . Should you have any 
problems downloading the documents please contact Ms Jo Mason, Research 
Administrator (J.R.Mason@lboro.ac.uk). 

Applicants seeking additional information are invited to contact Dr. David Kerr 
(e-mail D.Kerr@lboro.ac.uk).
Please quote the reference DK160413 on all correspondence and especially on the 
application form.

The closing date for applications for this post is June 30th 2013.


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