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[Met-jobs] PhD student position in atmospheric optics

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Date Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:12:07 +0000

PhD student position in Atmospheric optics

Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

Information about the research

The Global environmental measurements and modelling group (GEMM) at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences is a leading player in remote sensing of climate relevant species and air pollutants in the Earth's atmosphere. This is done by complex mathematical models of both the measurement techniques and the earth-atmosphere systems. We are currently seeking a new doctoral students with an interest in basic research in atmospheric optics with relevance to polarimetric remote sensing observations of aerosol particles.

The successful candidate will work in a project that aims at developing a fundamental understanding of the interaction of polarised light with morphologically complex aerosol particles. The goal is to exploit the information contained in the polarisation of scattered light to determine the particles' physical and chemical properties, which are essential for understanding their climate impact. The main tools will be numerical methods for solving light scattering problems, as well as methods for solving inverse problems in atmospheric optics.

Your main responsibility is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

A minimum 4 year master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in a scientific subject with considerable mathematical content. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in physics, astronomy, or applied mathematics. Good programming skills, an interest in numerical methods and modelling, and the skill to work independently are highly advantageous. The applicant should have excellent communication skills in oral and written English. Finally, although not a formal requirement, we encourage successful applicants to acquire sufficient competency in the Swedish language to be able to actively participate in all aspects of departmental life. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

For more information about the position and Chalmers and to make an application please see this link.

Michael Kahnert
Chalmers University of Technology
tel +46 31 772 18 83

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