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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Satellite Remote Sensing of Volcanic Ash and Cloud at the University of Oxford (Earth Observation Data Group)

From Don Grainger <don.grainger@physics.ox.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Mon, 18 May 2020 07:19:56 +0100

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Satellite Remote Sensing of Volcanic Ash and 
Cloud

Department of Physics, Robert Hooke Building, Oxford

Grade 7: £32,817 - £40,322 p.a. 
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Satellite 
Imager Measurement of Volcanic and Meteorological Clouds. The post is available 
initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years.

This principal aim of the post is to investigate atmospheric processes 
surrounding volcanic ash clouds. The successful candidate will use the Optimal 
Retrieval of Aerosol and Cloud (ORAC) algorithm 
(https://github.com/ORAC-CC/orac/wiki) to estimate ash cloud properties using 
observations from satellite imagers (e.g. MODIS, SEVIRI, HIMAWARI, SLSTR). The 
work involves deriving uncertainty-bounded estimates of ash type, ash cloud-top 
height, effective particle radius and optical depth at pixel-level spatial 
resolution and using that data to investigate the evolution of ash over the 
course of an eruption. A smaller part of the project involves contributing to 
ESA's Climate Change Initiative by extending the long-term record of 
meteorological cloud properties with new measurements from the SLSTR instrument.

The successful candidate will conduct original research focusing on satellite 
measurements of volcanic ash. The project forms part of Oxford's work for 
Radar-supported Next-Generation Forecasting of Volcanic Ash Hazard (R4AsH) 
consortium. A secondary responsibility is to apply ORAC to derive cloud 
properties from SLSTR measurements.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining, a doctorate in 
physics, computer science, mathematics, volcanology or a related field and 
ideally have a strong background in scientific computing. Practical experience 
with radiative transfer (e.g. DISORT) and/or remote sensing will be preferred. 
Candidates should demonstrate excellent scientific computing skills, including 
knowledge of UNIX/Linux and the manipulation of satellite data.

The postholder will have the opportunity, if desired, to teach undergraduates 
and supervise research projects.

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 24 June 2020 can be 
considered.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Don Grainger 
(don.grainger@physics.ox.ac.uk). 

Applications can be made via
<https://my.corehr.com/pls/uoxrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.display_form?p_company=10&p_internal_external=E&p_display_in_irish=N&p_process_type=&p_applicant_no=&p_form_profile_detail=&p_display_apply_ind=Y&p_refresh_search=Y&p_recruitment_id=146368>




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