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College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
The College wishes to recruit an Associate Research Fellow/Research Fellow to support the work of Prof Jim Haywood. This post is available from 1st Sept - 1st April (negotiable) for up to 39 months.
Africa is the world's largest source of biomass burning smoke aerosols. Measurements and remote sensing retrievals shown these light aerosols are advected out over the SE Atlantic above semi-permanent stratocumulus clouds in the marine boundary layer. The CLoud-Aerosol-Radiation Interaction and Forcing: Year 2016 (CLARIFY-2016) project (http://www.faam.ac.uk/index.php/current-future-campaigns) will characterise aerosol-radiation-interactions in both clear and cloudy skies and assess the impact of biomass burning aerosols on remote sensing of cloud microphysical properties. The results will be used to evaluate and improve the fidelity of the representation of aerosols in the Met Office numerical weather prediction and climate models.
Successful applicant will:
a) Participate in deployment of the Bae146 FAAM (www.faam.ac.uk) aircraft during August/September 2016
b) Collect aerosol & cloud data using optical particle counters, nephelometers, microwave radiometers, cavity ring-down and photo-acoustic spectrometers, aerosol backscatter lidars, and shortwave radiance and irradiance measurements
c) Use high resolution radiometers to measure the spectral characteristics of the aerosol-radiation-interaction in both radiances and irradiances in clear-sky and cloud-sky conditions
d) Use high resolution radiative transfer codes to assess the degree of radiative closure that can be obtained between the measurements and the modelling in clear and cloudy-sky conditions
e) Use the Hadley Centre Unified model to assess the ability of the climate model to represent the radiative forcing in clear and cloudy-sky conditions.
The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.
Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. At Research Fellow level, the successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in aerosol/radiation/climate measurements or modelling and be able to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.
The successful candidate will be appointed at Associate Research Fellow (Grade E) or Research Fellow (Grade F) depending on the skills and experience the individual can bring to the role. Candidates should demonstrate their achievement against the relevant criteria in the accompanying person specifications which will be used to make an appointment at an appropriate level.
Before submitting an application you may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Prof Jim Haywood, via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.
The department is proud to have a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of their commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects.
The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.
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