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[Met-jobs] met-jobs: Research Associate in Submillimetre-Wave Polar Atmospheric Science, University of Cambridge

From "Newnham, David A." <>
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Date Mon, 12 May 2014 13:06:08 +0100

Dear Sir,


Please could you post the following on met-jobs at the earliest opportunity?


Best regards,


David Newnham


Dr David Newnham


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British Antarctic Survey  -  High Cross, Madingley Road  -  Cambridge CB3 0ET  -  United Kingdom




Research Associate in Submillimetre-Wave Polar Atmospheric Science, University of Cambridge


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Cavendish Laboratory (CAV) and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge have recently established a joint initiative called SPECTRO-ICE to assess how technology and observing techniques developed for millimetre and submillimetre-wave astronomy can be used to address key problems in observational Antarctic and Arctic atmospheric science.  The three groups have the required expertise to carry out the work, but need a dynamic, creative individual to form a link between the institutions, to identify, list, and prioritise key scientific opportunities, and to carry out numerical atmospheric and instrument simulations.

Key activities include: Identify and prioritise major challenges in atmospheric polar science; particularly those relating to passive, radiometric remote sensing.  Use simulated submillimetre-wave spectra to determine the observing capabilities needed to address the highest priority science goals.  Create top level specifications for instruments that would be suitable for carrying out the key science programmes, and develop numerical instrument models to assess whether the requirements can be met.  The post holder will be employed by the Department of Physics, but will spend equal amounts of time working in CAV and BAS, and make frequent visits to DAMTP.

Ideally the successful candidate will have experience in either atmospheric science, radiometric remote sensing, atmospheric gas spectroscopy, or submillimetre-wave instrumentation and experimental techniques.  Candidates must have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline: chemistry, physics or engineering.  Alternatively, candidates must be close to submitting a doctoral thesis.

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