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Remote Sensing, Data Assimilation, and Modelling of Atmospheric Composition Impacts

Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS)

School of Physics, National University of Ireland Galway

Ref. No. NUIG 20-21-22-16

Salary range €37,750 – €56,442 per annum. Start date: Positions are available from January 2016

Closing date: 5.00pm on Monday 7th November 2016

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for 3 full time, fixed term positions as a Postdoctoral Researcher or Research Fellow in the Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS), NUI Galway. The positions contribute to the Science Foundation Ireland-funded Centre on Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) and are available from 1st January, initially for two years, with an option to extend to four years. The positions will be supervised by Professor Colin O’Dowd.

C-CAPS conduct research into atmospheric composition change and its influence on air pollution and climate change. More detail can be found at www.macehead.org. The research positions are funded by the Science Foundation Ireland, as part of the Observations and Monitoring for Marine Renewable Energy spoke to the Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) research centre and are associated with the sub-project High-Resolution Marine Meteorology Observation and Forecasting: Remote Sensing, Modelling, Data Assimilation and Integration.

The aim of the research is to improve the accuracy and spatial-temporal resolution of observations and forecasting of weather and atmospheric composition through the development of hi-resolution models and integration of Earth Observation data streams using data assimilation and data fusion techniques. The Earth Observation and forecasting system will simultaneously generate downstream products for multiple end users: marine meteorology (e.g. wind, radiation, turbulence) for the marine renewable energy research community and clouds/icing, air pollution/ash, wind shear etc. for the aviation community. These positions will develop and oversee operational forecast modelling of marine meteorology and atmospheric composition, in particular, aerosols, clouds and radiation in the context of the energy budget, renewable energy and climate change. In addition, development of the models will include data assimilation and model evaluation. The current model of choice is WRF-CHEM.

The successful candidate will be employed by the University of Leeds and based at Cranfield University

This post is open to current FAAM staff

Closing Date: Tuesday 01 November 2016

Salary: £39,324 to £46,924 per annum

Interview Date: Friday 11 November 2016

Reference: ENVEE1133

The Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) has been established as a joint facility of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Met Office in order to provide users with access to the FAAM BAe 146 large Atmospheric Research Aircraft (ARA). FAAM serves the atmospheric research communities of the UK Universities, Met Office and NERC.

The ARA is a highly modified BAE-146 aircraft, equipped with a wide range of instrumentation for observing the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere. The aircraft was purchased by NERC from BAE Systems in April 2014. Operation of the aircraft is contracted out to Directflight Ltd, with BAE Systems continuing to be overall provider of aircraft services. The ARA is based at Cranfield University. NERC and Cranfield have recently strengthened their cooperation and as a result, the ARA has new hangar facilities. New laboratory and workshop facilities have recently been created alongside the hangar and work is almost complete on the building of a new office facility for FAAM. These new FAAM offices will share the building with the newly established Cranfield Centre for Atmospheric Informatics and Emissions Technology, with which it is expected that close collaboration will develop.

The FAAM Instrument Team Manager will be responsible for leading, managing and developing a dedicated team of instrument scientists to provide a wide range of core measurement capabilities at FAAM on behalf of the wide user community of this key national and international research aircraft facility. The post-holder will be expected to have extensive experience in airborne aerosol measurement and be able to provide an expert contribution in this area.

Vacancy number: 013445

Salary: Grade UH7 £32,004 to £38,183 per annum depending on skills and experience

Closing date: 12 October 2016

Click here for further details and to apply.

This is a new Research Fellow post for a dynamic, high performing early career researcher. In the first instance the duration for the post will be five year term but it is expected that the successful appointee will grow their research activities to become a permanent academic staff member by the end of that period within the School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics. You will work on an innovative research programme to modify and apply advanced atmospheric models (e.g. WRF and CMAQ) to predict long range transport and deposition of epidemic fungal spores and to quantify their consequences for crop productivity (e.g. losses from epidemic diseases spread by airborne spores). Source attribution and model evaluation will be conducted with data from field experiments and sensor observations using genomic and molecular diagnostic techniques with our collaborators, especially those at Rothamsted Research.

While you will be primarily based in the Centre for Atmospheric and Instrumentation Research (CAIR), School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics, you will also interact with Rothamsted Research, the University's School of Life and Medical Sciences and School of Computer Science, and Centre for Agriculture, Food & Environmental Management (CAFEM) which is a collaboration between the University of Hertfordshire, the Royal Veterinary College, Rothamsted Research and Oaklands College.

Contact details:

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be made to Professor Ranjeet S Sokhi, Director of the Centre for Atmospheric and Instrumentation Research (CAIR):

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Tel: + 44 (0)1707 284520

Location: National Centre for Earth Observation, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading

Full Time, Fixed Term until 31 March 2021

Vacancy Reference: SF14512

Closing Date: 30th October 2016

Salary: £29,301 to £38,138 per annum

Start date: As soon as possible

Interview date: TBC

Further details & to apply online: http://www.reading.ac.uk/15/about/jobs/about-job-details.aspx?vacancy_id=812795BLhp

We seek a motivated researcher to join the UK Earth system model core development team, which has responsibility to develop, apply, evaluate and support the use of future generation UK Earth system models (UKESM). The applicant will work on the development of novel evaluation tools and techniques to exploit satellite data in the evaluation of the UK's new Earth system model, UKESM1. This is an exciting opportunity to join both the UKESM core team and the new NERC-funded UKESM Long Term Science Multi-centre project. UKESM1will be a national UK modelling resource and constitutes the UK's primary contribution to the forthcoming 6th Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6). The initial scientific focus of the post will be on evaluating biophysical and biogeochemical land-atmosphere interactions involving the carbon and water cycles.