Senior Researcher In Earth And Mars Atmospheric Retrievals

Senior Researcher In Earth And Mars Atmospheric Retrievals

14 Oct
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United Arab Emirates University
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Al Ain

14 Oct

United Arab Emirates University

Al Ain

The National Space Science and Technology Center NSSTC at the United Arab Emirates University UAEU in Al Ain UAE invites applications for a Senior Researcher in Earth and Mars atmospheric retrievals The anticipated start date is as soon as possible but is likely to be sometime during late Fall 2020 for an initial period of three years Review of applications will begin on 6 September 2020 and the position will remain open until filled Enquiries about the position should be made to Dr Roland Young at roland young uaeu ac ae Information about NSSTC s Planetary Science group can be found at https rolandyoung bitbucket io research-group html The UAE is developing a research base in space science and the main goal of this position is to build its expertise in the area of planetary atmospheric retrievals This will maximise the scientific return from the Emirates Mars Mission EMM prepare Emirati researchers for future space missions and familiarise them with the tools and principles used in atmospheric remote sensing This will require training research assistants students and postdoctoral researchers The project also aims to enhance the international status of the UAE within the Mars research community by dissemination of this work via conferences journal articles and datasets EMM https www emiratesmarsmission ae will launch in July 2020 to study the influence of Mars climate and lower atmosphere on the escape of oxygen and hydrogen from its upper atmosphere what atmospheric processes drive diurnal variations and how energy is transferred from the lower-middle atmosphere to the upper atmosphere We are looking for an experienced scientist with demonstrated expertise and experience in ultraviolet visible infrared and thermal infrared microwave atmospheric retrievals from passive remote sensing instruments They will develop the following program within the existing Planetary Science and Earth Observation groups at NSSTC This will involve software development retrieval product generation student training and scientific analysis There are three major aspects to the position 1 Develop algorithms to convert EMM L2 data calibrated spectra into L3 data atmospheric quantities This will use EMM s publicly available dataset L3 data will already be produced by the EMM team so the point of this work is to build expertise among Emirati students and researchers in the methods and mathematical principles of atmospheric retrievals radiative transfer modelling and scientific programming by involving them at all stages of the process 2 Build a research program studying certain aspects of the lower Martian atmosphere based on these data products involving students and junior researchers 3 Contribute to NSSTC research and development projects in Earth observation where atmospheric retrievals are required For example the hyperspectral 813 pan-Arab Earth observation satellite is currently under development at NSSTC and is due for launch in 2024 This will observe reflected solar radiation from Earth in 200 spectral bands between 400-2500 nm with the UAE and other Arab nations as its primary region of interest The Tasks and Responsibilities section below lists specific tasks that the Senior Researcher will be expected to lead with respect to EMM data analysis We are also recruiting a postdoctoral Fellow who will assist with these tasks and the Senior Researcher will supervise their work A short research proposal should be included describing a research program that the Senior Researcher will develop related to items 2 and 3 above We anticipate the Senior Researcher applying for their own funding to expand their research program and supervising additional research assistants students and postdoctoral researchers in due course There may also be the opportunity to teach for UAEU s new MSc in Space Science course anticipated to begin in Spring 2021 Minimum Qualification Tasks and Responsibilities not exhaustive and subject to periodic review The research will use EMM s publicly-available datasets from the EMIRS thermal infrared spectrometer and EXI visible UV camera instruments Existing datasets from other spacecraft can also be used as required The successful candidate is expected to 1 Develop open source tools for data reading and handling data archiving and user access data analysis and visualization that will support and validate L3 data from EMM 2 Develop open source tools to validate EMM data against other mission data 3 Train and build the capabilities and skills of local researchers academics and students associated with EMM in various capacities including them in all stages of the process 4 Build a sequential software pipeline that will continuously produce EMM L3 data products and archive them locally 5 Conduct independent Mars atmospheric research based on EMM data products 6 Contribute to NSSTC research and development projects in Earth observation where atmospheric retrievals are required including project management where required 7 Develop internal and external collaborations to meet the goals of the research program 8 Publish research work in the open scientific literature 9 Present research work to a variety of audiences within the University the UAE and at international conferences 10 Supervise research assistants postdoctoral researchers and research students 11 Apply for funding to grow the research program 12 Contribute to NSSTC capacity building outreach events and strategic research planning 13 Take part in NSSTC research group and business meetings 14 Represent NSSTC and UAE University within the UAE and internationally Preferred Qualification PhD degree in Physics Atmospheric Science Retrievals Planetary Science Meteorology Physical Earth Science Computer Data Science Astronomy or a closely related field

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