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[Met-jobs] 2-year PDRA at Leicester University on ice remote sensing, can you circulate on the Met-job list?

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Fri, 15 Jun 2018 18:34:03 +0000

2-year PDRA on " Ice microphysics from multi-frequency suites of active and passive remote sensing instruments"

Dr. Alessandro Battaglia (University of Leicester, NCEO)

Hosting institution: Department of Physics, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
Funding institutions: ESA+US Department of  Energy.
Application deadline:  12 July 2018

We anticipate that interviews will take place during week commencing 30 July 2018.

Project description:
Representation of ice clouds in numerical modelling remains problematic with global average ice water paths varying by more than an order of magnitude between different climate models. A similar spread exists amongst remote sensing satellite estimates, which makes it difficult to improve parameterization development for global models. Multi-wavelength Doppler radars/lidar/radiometers observations promise to reduce these observational uncertainties.
The PDRA candidate will work at the development of a modular ice/snow microphysical retrieval (including ice water content and characteristic size) and will apply it to a gamut of observations acquired in the framework of the DOE-ARM program
(  and of the NASA GPM ( field validation program. This will include observations from the mobile facility in Antarctica during the AWARE campaign.

Collaborative framework:
This work will take place in an international  collaborative framework between the University of Leicester and the University of Cologne (PI: Dr. S. Kneifel) and NASA GISS (PI: Dr. A. Fridlind).
Candidates must hold a PhD in Earth Observation, Physics, Astronomy, Engineering, Meteorology, Environmental Science (or soon to be obtained) and must have computing skills appropriate to the programme of work. A robust publication record or potential for publication and expertise in any of the following: radar/lidar, radiative transfer, optimal estimation retrieval, cloud microphysics, cloud/precipitation field campaign data analysis are highly desirable.

The two-year PDRA is expected to start as soon as possible.

Application procedures:
See and follow the link ``Apply''.
For informal enquiries please contact: Dr Alessandro Battaglia (





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