Earth Observation of the Atmosphere

A major strategic aim of Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) in the School of Earth and Environment (SEE) is to scale up the process-based research on modelling and observations of the atmosphere to tackle large scale climate and weather problems of societal relevance. Exploiting Earth Observation (EO) datasets of weather and other atmospheric phenomena is the most effective way of achieving this aim.  ICAS is a leading international institute for the study of atmospheric processes using models, field observations and laboratory experiments. We are now looking to add new capability in EO of the atmosphere.

The aim of this fellowship is to create new expertise and research capacity in satellite remote sensing of weather and climate phenomena and/or atmospheric composition in order to: create a strong synergy with ICAS’s existing expertise on modelling and observations that enables this research to be scaled up to address higher impact issues; position ICAS at the frontier of emerging fields concerning the interactions of the atmosphere with the biosphere, ocean and cryosphere; position ICAS to be able to make early use of recently launched satellite instruments that will allow new breakthroughs in understanding atmospheric change.

You will develop a research profile that will contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020, with a sustained record of internationally excellent (and some world-leading) publications and a strong record of presentations at international conferences.  You will work closely with and integrate ICAS’s broad modelling and observational research to create the potential for substantial innovation, such as:  interdisciplinary crossovers leading to innovative new science in previously unexplored areas; observational constraint of our new high resolution weather/climate models, leading to improved predictions of regional climate impacts; development of cutting-edge teaching materials, enabling ICAS to engage students in the “Golden Age of Earth Observation” and introduce a stronger element of technology in teaching; a capacity to exploit real time atmospheric EO datasets for operational purposes of societal benefit.

With a PhD in atmospheric science or Earth observation, you will have expertise and a strong research record in Earth observation, the ability to teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Ken Carslaw, Director of Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, tel: +44 (0)113 343 1597, email:   

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