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[Met-jobs] Post-Doctoral Research Fellow position

From Sivakumar Venkataraman <>
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Date Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:06:03 +0000

Position : Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Term : 1 year and possible for extension
Subject : To work on LiDAR – experience with technical and instrumentation

Brief Requirements :
Atmospheric research group at the university of KwaZulu Natal ( where we are focusing on satellite and ground-based remote sensing for studying atmospheric structure and dynamics. 

The ground based instruments includes the 2-D lidar for lower troposphere and fixed lidar system for aerosol and middle atmosphere temperature (under development), Sun-Photometer (operational from 2013), SANAE HF Radar (part of the SuperDARN network) and other ancillary data sources (through SAWS, Air Quality information system).  
The current post doc position is related to fulfill the above discipline and conduct independent research. The post-doc is more specifically need working experience on the LIDAR (Technical and instrumentation part) and application of other ground based and satellite instruments.   
The applicants has to be highly self-motivated, creative and excellent written communication skills.  The selected candidate may expected to assist on NASSP teaching and co-supervision of Master/Honour’s (4th year) degree students.  The initial appointment is for an year and may renewed for additional years based on the research performance and availability of funds.
Note that it is specifically for those who have experience on the above specified instruments and work on effects of neutral atmosphere.  The candidates who have experience on use of space-borne datasets and mathematical tools are preferred.  It is expected that the candidate operate lidar on continuous basis and it is usually after sun-set and until to early morning hours.  
Applicants may send the complete CV with full details of publication record and contact details of referee<>
Note that the preference shall be given to local candidates (the hierarchy as follows, SA-Black/Indian/White-Female/Male....)in addition to the funding node requirements..

Educational Qualification : Ph. D (awarded on the above subject/Atmospheric Science/Physics).   You may need to produce the degree completion certificate or actual degree when you are applying for it.

The salary follows South Africa university post-doc, currently it is around 180,000.00 to 225,000.00 with respect to task carry out.

Please send your application, including a CV, a letter of motivation (stating that how you shall fulfill the requirements) and contact details of potential referees to




Prof. Venkataraman Sivakumar
Discipline of Physics 
School of Chemistry and Physics,

University of KwaZulu Natal, Westville Campus,
Private Bag X54001, Durban 4001.
Tel : +27 31260  7661/1159(Lab); Fax : +27 31260 7995
Email :
Related to NASSP
(National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme)
Contact :

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