Research Fellow in Modelling of the Upper Atmosphere
- University of Leeds
- Location: Leeds, United Kingdom
- Job Number: 7101490 (Ref #: EPSCH1062)
- Posting Date: Jun 7, 2022
Do you want to play a key role in researching the crucial role of small-scale waves on the upper atmosphere by developing and using a leading global chemistry-climate model? Would you enjoy working with an international team from the UK, US, China and Japan in achieving this goal?
Applications are invited for the position of Research Fellow in Modelling of the Upper Atmosphere in the Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry group within the School of Chemistry. You will contribute to two closely related projects.
The first project is WAVECHASM (Wave-Induced Transport of Chemically Active Species in the Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere), funded by the NERC in the UK and the NSF in the US. It aims to bridge the gap between high-resolution regional models and global climate models in representing transport of constituents by gravity waves. It will contribute to a much deeper understanding of the key small-scale wave-induced constituent transport processes (advection, turbulent mixing, dynamical transport and chemical transport), their global characteristics and their impact on atmospheric chemistry. This role will be based at the University of Leeds (UK) but the successful candidate must be willing to spend periods of time at the University of Colorado (Boulder, USA) working with project partners.
The second project is DRivers and Impacts of Ionospheric Variability with EISCAT-3D (DRIIVE), a NERC highlight topic project. DRIIVE will investigate how ionospheric varibility at small-scales affects thermospheric density and how that leads to changes in atmospheric drag on satellites and space debris. It will focus on improving our ability to represent atmospheric joule heating in state-of-the-art upper atmosphere models to enable better short-term (~24 hour) forecasting of satellite and debris orbit predictions as well as inform the long-term (100-year) predictions of the space environment population.
You will have a PhD (or have submitted your thesis before taking up the role) in meteorology, atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry, applied mathematics, geophysics or a closely allied discipline, together with a strong background in computer programming, code development and using large numerical codes and/or datasets. Experience of working directly on research problems related to the earth’s mesosphere and lower thermosphere would be beneficial.
To explore the post further, or for any queries you may have, please contact:
Professor John Plane, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry
Tel: +44 (0)113 3438044 Email: [email protected] OR
Professor Daniel Marsh, Priestley Chair in Comparative Planetary Atmospheres
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 9296 Email: [email protected]
|Location:||Leeds - Main Campus|
|Faculty/Service:||Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences|
|School/Institute:||School of Chemistry|
|Salary:||£34,304 to £40,927 p.a.|
|Due to funding restrictions an appointment will not be made higher than £36,382 p.a.|
|Working Time:||37.5 hours per week|
|Post Type:||Full Time|
|Contract Type:||Fixed Term (Fixed-term for 34 months, available from 1st October 2022 (grant funding))|
|Release Date:||Monday 06 June 2022|
|Closing Date:||Tuesday 05 July 2022|
|Interview Date:||To be confirmed|
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