Post Doctoral Research Associate

The Open University - Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; School of Physical Sciences

Temporary contract for 36 months, starting 1 August 2018

This postdoctoral research position is funded by the UK Space Agency and The Open University in support of the ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) mission, and the NASA InSight mission to Mars. The Open University is co-leading the NOMAD instrument, a spectrometer instrument designed to map trace gases in the Martian atmosphere.  NOMAD is now successfully taking science data from Mars orbit, and the NASA InSight lander is set to land on Mars later this year.  This ambitious project seeks to link trace gas detections in the atmosphere (TGO) with potential seismic signatures within Mars (InSight). The role will involve the application of high-resolution climate model studies with spacecraft observations of the Martian atmosphere made using remote sensing instruments. This work will link to InSight data through a collaboration with the University of Oxford who are co-leading one of the InSight seismic instruments.

You will lead the numerical-modelling and data assimilation side of the project, including designing and running experiments with existing Mars climate models, combining models with large observational datasets and interpreting and archiving the output of the models.  You will become part of the international NOMAD team, and have the opportunity to interact with the staff at the European Space Agency and NASA. 

You will have a PhD in planetary science, physics or a closely related field, with knowledge and experience of atmospheric science including atmospheric modelling methods and numerical programming techniques, as well as the ability to communicate research results effectively.

Closing date: Noon on 16 May 2018

Interview date: 31 May 2018

For detailed information and how to apply please click the Apply button below or call the Recruitment Co-ordinator on +44 (0)1908 858110 or email STEM-Recruitment@open.ac.uk quoting the reference number.

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