Ph.D fellowship in the field of atmospheric remote sensing, retrieval of atmospheric aerosol microphysical properties based on LIDAR and sun-photometer synergy

Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland offers a Ph.D fellowship in the field of atmospheric remote sensing, retrieval of atmospheric aerosol microphysical properties based on LIDAR and sun-photometer synergy.

The candidate will work in the project titled "Influence of vertical profile of aerosol optical properties on surface UV radiation and photochemical smog" financed by National Science Centre Poland. In this project, we want to advance our knowledge of the vertical distribution of aerosols' physical characteristics and their evolution in the troposphere. The candidate will analyze data obtained from the synergy of remote sensing instruments, including LIDAR and sun-photometer. An inversion code GRASP, developed in the scope of ACTRIS (European Research Infrastructure for the observation of Aerosol, Clouds, and Trace gases), will be used. The candidate will learn the basic principles of the of the algorithm together with the corresponding physical processes and gain the necessary knowledge to be able to validate the obtained results. The candidate will also collaborate with our modeling team by supplying retrieved aerosol data to atmospheric models.

Benefits:

Taking part in our Ph.D. studies offers an opportunity to stay close to the robust Polish atmospheric science community that offers a great research environment and top-level guidance from our experts. We keep close ties with our partners in the EU by e.g. participating in ACTRIS research infrastructure that allows for the exchange of knowledge and expertise between world-leading scientific groups across Europe as well as to provide training opportunities for young scientists.

Our work concentrates on atmospheric aerosols that are of key importance in studies of climate change while they also directly influence the health and life quality of the human population. The obtained results will be used to further our knowledge in this field that may, in turn, result in the betterment of aerosol forecasting and mitigation of the adverse aerosol effects on the environment.

We offer a scholarship of 4500 PLN/month (just above 1000EUR/month) for 30 months.

Requirements:

  • the minimum diploma level of the candidate needs to be Master of Sciences or Master of Sciences in Engineering,
  • the candidate needs to have a background in Mathematics and/or Physics and intermediate knowledge of programming techniques (Matlab, Python or C++ are preferred),
  • English at the communicative level (minimum B2 level) is required.

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posted: 20 August 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.