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[Met-jobs] Graduate student position in Arctic microwave remote sensing

From Thomas Duck <>
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Date Fri, 5 Jun 2020 12:37:58 +0000

Please find below an advertisement for a graduate student position in Arctic microwave remote sensing at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada).

Graduate student (M.Sc./Ph.D.)

Microwave Satellite Remote Sensing of the Arctic Atmosphere and Surface
Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

We are seeking a student to pursue a graduate degree in the research group of Prof. Thomas J. Duck within the department of Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University in HalifaxNova Scotia (Canada). The degree is expected to be a two-year (M.Sc.) to three-year (Ph.D.) commitment. Financial support will be provided through research and teaching assistantships.

Responsibilities: The research will involve microwave satellite remote sensing measurements of water vapour and surface properties in the polar regions. The overall goal of the project will be to develop better retrievals from the raw satellite data. We will be using a combination of optimal estimation and artificial neural networks together with the calculation of advanced error statistics and validation activities.

There will be a particular focus on wintertime measurements, when the water vapour loading is relatively low and the Arctic climate has proved most sensitive. The data will be valuable for studies of long-term change and for use in data assimilation systems used in numerical weather prediction. Using the measurements to assess the accuracy of atmospheric reanalyses – and thereby our understanding of past and future climates – is a key component of the work.

For more information please visit the Research program and Group Web site.

Qualifications: B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in physics, mathematics, engineering, or computer science with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7. The successful applicant will be expected to complete Atmospheric Science courses in the Department’s graduate curriculum. Must have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, in the English language. Strong quantitative abilities are required. Programming experience is required. Preference will be given to students who have prior experience with the python programming language. The ability to work independently and as part of a team is essential.

To Apply: Complete the Department’s pre-application form. In the pre-application form, please explain how your interests and experiences make you a suitable candidate for the position.

Expected Start Date: 1 September 2020.

Application deadline: 26 June 2020.

For more information contact: Prof. Thomas J. Duck at

We thank all applicants, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit


Thomas J. Duck <>

Associate Professor,
Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University,
Sir James Dunn Building, 6310 Coburg Road, PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4R2.
Tel: (902)494-1456 | Fax: (902)494-5191 

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