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[Met-jobs] STFC PhD studentship: Development of a Mars photochemistry model in preparation for ExoMars TGO data

From Paul Palmer <>
Date Mon, 3 Apr 2017 15:47:00 +0100

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An STFC-funded PhD studentship is available at the University of Edinburgh from September 2017 (or soon afterwards) to study the photochemistry of Mars' atmosphere. In collaboration with colleagues at the Open University the student will develop the chemical mechanism in an existing 1-D photochemical sub-model of the UK Mars General Circulation Model (MGCM) so it can be used to interpret observed atmospheric variations of methane (CH4) and non-methane volatile organic compounds (VOCs) within the broader context of VOC-HOx-NOx-Ox chemistry.

In particular, the student will develop a more comprehensive chemical mechanism; understand how different emissions and chemical scenarios might be observed by the NOMAD [1] and ACS [2] instruments aboard the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO [3]) using synthetic experiments; and evaluate the 1-D model using TGO data as they become available. The revised 1-D sub-model will be integrated back into the UK MGCM.

This project would best suit a physical sciences student with a strong quantitative background.

Interested candidates should send their CVs to

[1] doi:10.1016/j.pss.2015.10.003
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