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Postdoctoral Fellow in Earth and Mars atmospheric retrievals Jobs in Al Ain – UAE at United Arab Emirates University

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow in Earth and Mars atmospheric retrievals

Company: United Arab Emirates University

Location: Al Ain – UAE

Type: Full Time


Category: Science, Research/Development

Job Description and Requirements

⢠We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher with demonstrated expertise in ultraviolet/visible/infrared and/or thermal infrared/microwave atmospheric retrievals to work alongside a Senior Researcher and develop this program within the existing Planetary Science and Earth Observation groups at NSSTC. This will involve software development, retrieval product generation, student training, and scientific analysis. ⢠The main technical aspect of the position is to develop algorithms to convert EMM L2 data (calibrated spectra) into L3 data (atmospheric quantities). This will use EMMâs publicly available dataset. L3 data will already be produced by the EMM team, so the point of this work is to build expertise among Emirati students and researchers in the methods and mathematical principles of atmospheric retrievals, radiative transfer modelling, and scientific computing, by involving them at all stages of this process. The “Tasks and Responsibilities” section below lists the specific tasks that the project involves with respect to EMM data analysis. ⢠In addition, the Postdoctoral Fellow will assist the Senior Researcher in a research program studying certain aspects of the lower Martian atmosphere based on these data products. They will also contribute, where appropriate, to NSSTC research and development projects in Earth observation where atmospheric retrievals are required. ⢠NSSTC is a R&D institute of some 50 staff located on the UAE University campus in Al Ain, about 90 minutesâ drive from Abu Dhabi and Dubai. UAEU is the largest and highest-ranked public university in the UAE. The Center was established jointly by UAEU, the UAE Space Agency, and the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, motivated by UAEUâs desire to strengthen its role in and contribute to the needs of the nation in Space Science and Space Technology, and to become a hub for the region. NSSTC focuses on research and development, higher education, and community outreach. It has expertise in spacecraft communications and precision positioning, on-board real-time systems, space situational awareness, global navigation systems, space resource utilization, geospatial information systems, Earth observation, and planetary science. Information about NSSTC’s Planetary Science group can be found at (Please contact us using the “Apply for this Job Posting” box below)

Minimum QualificationÂ

Tasks and Responsibilities (not exhaustive, and subject to periodic review): The research will use EMMâs publicly-available datasets from the EMIRS (thermal infrared spectrometer) and EXI (visible/UV camera) instruments. Working alongside the Senior Researcher, the successful candidate is expected to: (1) Develop open source tools for data reading and handling, data archiving and user access, data analysis, and visualization, that will support and validate L3 data from EMM; (2) Develop open source tools to validate EMM data against other mission data; (3) Train and build the capabilities and skills of local researchers, academics, and students associated with EMM in various capacities, including them in all stages of the process; (4) Build a sequential software pipeline that will continuously produce EMM L3 data products and archive them locally; (5) Conduct independent Mars atmospheric research based on EMM data products; (6) Contribute to NSSTC research and development projects in Earth observation where atmospheric …


 

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