POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE POSITION IN COMET OBSERVATIONS AT THE OPEN UNIVERSITY, UK

This part-ESA funded position will combine preparation of observational data on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for archiving at the ESA Planetary Science Archive, with research on cometary science. The research direction is flexible within the broad topic of comet science,
and will depend on the interests of the successful candidate, but is expected to make use of (and/or build on) the same observations of 67P. Possible topics include the large-scale structure of the comet’s coma and tails, its composition, and/or comparison with other comets – in
all cases, comparing between remote observation and Rosetta instrument results. The research could also involve further observations (based on new proposals) or work with Rosetta instrument teams. There will be a roughly 50-50 split between research and functional duties. The duties encompass collation and documentation of data from various observatories, working with observers to ensureย that data is properly reduced, and interaction with the ESA PSA to have it archived in a useful way alongside spacecraft data.

Closing date for applications is 29 Nov 2016.

For further details see advert:

http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/post-doctoral-research-associate-12987

or contact Colin Snodgrass ([email protected])