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[Met-jobs] Two Postdoctoral Research Positions in Satellite Remote Sensing of Wildfires

From martin wooster <martin.wooster@kcl.ac.uk>
To "martin.wooster@kcl.ac.uk" <martin.wooster@kcl.ac.uk>
Date Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:24:17 +0000

Two postdoctoral research positions in satellite Earth Observation are available to work with Professor Martin Wooster and his team at King's College London.  The focus of the work is on satellite remote sensing of wildfires, and in particular the further development, evaluation, maintenance, and validation of the existing operational Fire Radiative Power products delivered by the Land Surface Analysis Satellite Application Facility (http://landsaf.meteo.pt/). One aspect of the research for example will be to improve components of the existing products (e.g. cloud clearing), another will be developing further product derivatives (e.g. direct carbon emission estimates).  The post-holders will also work to exploit the products in scientific studies, and will develop future more advanced products from the forthcoming Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) mission. They will be opportunities to work with related datasets from the US, Chinese and Japanese geostationary satellites and to it is also planned to develop active fire products from future geostationary satellites to be launched in the next year. Significant exploitation of polar orbiting data will also be necessary as part of this work, and their maybe possibilities to contribute to new active fire algorithms being developed for the ESA Sentinel-3 SLSTR mission to be launched in 2015.  The post will also provide opportunities to work within the wider context of the King's Wildfire Team led by Professor Wooster, including the possibility to contribute to other areas of fire science involving field and airborne measurements and via participation in overseas field campaigns. Examples of work of the King's Wildfire Team can be found here: http://wildfire.geog.kcl.ac.uk/

Applicants should have significant experience of satellite remote sensing, be able to code in IDL and/or Python, be comfortable with algorithm development and/or working with large datasets. Experience with active fire products and/or of exploiting geostationary imagery would be advantageous but is not essential.

The positions are for 24 months and 36 months duration (full time), and there maybe possibilities for renewal after this. Unless otherwise stated, it will be assumed that applicants are interested in being considered for both positions.  Please see the following links for more details and how to apply.

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/depsta/pertra/vacancy/external/apply.php?id=16844383
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/depsta/pertra/vacancy/external/apply.php?id=16844384

Application Deadline is 14 April 2014.



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