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[Met-jobs] Post-doctoral Research Associate Position at Imperial College/University of Edinburgh

From "Brindley, Helen E" <>
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Date Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:42:00 +0000

The Space and Atmospheric Physics group at Imperial College London and the Global Change Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh seek a highly motivated researcher to fill a

24 month PDRA position (with potential to extend to 30 months), to start immediately.

The successful candidate will participate in an exciting new project entitled International Collaboration for the Exploitation of Infrared Measurements of PolAr ClimaTe (ICE-IMPACT).  The goal of the project is to bring together researchers from the UK, US and Italy to make progress in determining the role of infrared radiation, specifically far-infrared (FIR) radiation, in controlling the radiative energy budget in polar regimes.         

You will have the opportunity to interpret unique aircraft and ground-based datasets from the Arctic and Antarctica, using these data to evaluate theoretical estimates of ice and snow surface emissivity which are being developed for next generation Earth-System Models (ESMs).  You will also use the observations to test and potentially improve recently developed schemes which seek to infer outgoing FIR spectral radiation at the top of the atmosphere from mid-infrared satellite observations.  Ultimately the observationally based tools you develop will be used to assess the performance of the soon to be released UKESM in terms of its ability to replicate surface, water vapour, cloud and radiation co-dependencies in the polar regions.      

You will be based first in London (working with Dr Helen Brindley) and then in Edinburgh (working with Professor Simon Tett) but the project will also involve extended stays in Florence, Italy and Michigan, USA.  You will be expected to regularly publish papers in refereed journals and give presentations at relevant UK and international meetings and conferences. The post will be affiliated to NERC's National Centre for Earth Observation.

You should have a PhD (or be near completion) in atmospheric physics or a closely related subject, ideally in the area of satellite remote sensing and/or atmospheric radiative transfer.  You should also have published peer-reviewed papers in the scientific literature.  Computing skills are essential; experience in the analysis of large Earth observation/climate data records and/or climate modelling would also be a distinct advantage.

For further information and to make a formal application go to: (Please select “Job Search”, then enter vacancy reference number NS2016072NT into “Keywords”). 

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group Administration office via Informal enquiries about the post are welcomed and can be addressed to Dr Helen Brindley (




Dr H Brindley

Space and Atmospheric Physics Group

Imperial College London

Prince Consort Road

South Kensington, SW7 2AZ


Tel: +44 (0)207 5947673

Fax: +44 (0) 207 5947772


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