Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Exoplanet Climate Theory and Simulation

University of Oxford - Department of Physics

Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 with a discretionary range to £42,418 p.a.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Exoplanet Climate Theory and Simulation. The post is available for a fixed-term duration until 30th September 2022.

The post holder will join the team of the European Research Council Advanced Grant Project EXOCONDENSE, under the direction of Raymond T. Pierrehumbert, Halley Professor of Physics.  The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the effect of condensible substances on the climate dynamics of exoplanet atmospheres.  In effect, the project seeks to generalize the range of processes familiar from moist climate dynamics on Earth (involving condensation of water vapor) to the much broader range of condensible substances, equations of state, and dynamical configurations that may be encountered in exoplanet atmospheres.

The successful candidate(s) will carry out research in either the general area of three dimensional simulation of convection with phase change, parameterization (closure) models of generalized condensible convection or condensation effects in global circulation models, according to background and interest.  Cloud formation processes are of interest in connection with any of these topics.  The work will consist of developing and interpreting simulations of relevant processes, plus development of the theoretical framework needed to understand the simulations.  Identifying observational signatures amenable to testing by current or future observational programs is a central goal of the program. The postholder(s) will be expected to contribute ideas for new research, collaborate in the preparation of reports and articles and represent the research group at external meetings and will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should hold a Masters degree, and have experience with relevant computational methods. Possession of a PhD / Dphil (or being near completion) is desirable, as is familiarity with physics relating to radiative transfer, atmospheric thermodynamics, and / or fluid mechanics.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Prof. Raymond T. Pierrehumbert

Only applications received before midday Monday 9th July 2018 can be considered.
You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Closing Date: 09-JUL-2018 12:00

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