Aerospace Engineering of the Technological University of Delft, the Netherlands.
Within this project, Venus’ clouds and hazes will be studied using flux and polarization observations by instruments aboard ESA’s Venus Express mission. Knowing the properties of Venus’ clouds and hazes is crucial for understanding Venus’ climate and climates of
terrestrial (exo)planets. The analysis will be done with a radiative transfer code covering both the sunlight that is reflected by Venus and the thermal radiation emitted by Venus.
This fully funded, 4-year project involves collaborations with scientists in France, Germany and the UK, as well as with astronomers in Leiden.
The ideal candidate has an MSc in physics, astronomy, planetary sciences or related fields, solid numerical modelling skills, and an aptitude to code development. Experience with analyzing
observations would be an asset, as would be knowledge on atmospheric dynamics and/or chemistry and radiative transfer.
For information on the PhD-program at TU Delft and Aerospace Engineering (AE), see:
The application deadline is February 26th, 2016.