Research Associate

University of Leicester - Physics and Astronomy

College of Science and Engineering

Physics and Astronomy

National Centre for Earth Observation

Full time, fixed term contract to 30 April 2020.

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

The National Centre for Earth Observation brings together scientists in carbon cycle science across domains with experts EO algorithms and datasets and advanced data assimilation and modelling capabilities to address key science challenges of the carbon cycle. NCEO is also working closely with international partners and space agencies on advancing remote sensing methods and on developing the next-generation of EO missions for carbon measurements.

We are seeking a Research Associate with a strong background in satellite remote sensing to advance the greenhouse gas retrieval methods and to apply them to generate novel GHG datasets (including solar-induced fluorescence (SIF) from current missions (OCO2, Sentinel 5P …). We will use remotely-sensed information on GHG’s in conjunction with climatic data to evaluate regional carbon budgets and their response to weather extremes. We will also assess the ability of satellites to infer information on regions with strong anthropogenic emission sources. You will make use of satellite datasets and retrieval methods and adopt regional modelling tools for the interpretation as well as work closely with data assimilation and inverse modelling groups of NCEO.

Holding a PhD in a relevant subject and a proven record of working in collaborative projects, you will have a good publication record. You will have expertise in remote sensing or atmospheric science alongside expertise in data handling and data analytics of large datasets, ideally related to Earth Observation.

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme, a generous annual leave allowance and an online portal that offers a range of lifestyle benefits and discounts. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.

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For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Hartmut Boesch on 0116 252 2273 or hb100@le.ac.uk.

Closing date for applications is at midnight on 9 May 2018.

We anticipate that interviews will take place on 30 May 2018.

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