Job Opportunity: Research Associate in Planetary Atmospheric Science, University of Leicester

Full Details:
Salary Grade 7 – 33,518 to 38,833 pounds per annum, available for 3  years
Closing date: 23 November 2017

The Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Leicester invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) in Planetary Atmospheric Science. You will join a planetary science team funded by the European Research Council (ERC), specializing in the
application of radiative transfer and spectral inversion to explore  atmospheric processes on the giant planets of our Solar System. You  will analyze subsets of existing observations from world-leading  ground- and space-based facilities (e.g., Cassini, Spitzer, VLT) to  prepare data analysis procedures for upcoming observations from the James Webb Space Telescope, due for launch in 2019. This will develop the expertise and tools required for the first publications exploiting JWST infrared maps of these distant worlds.

The ERC “GIANTCLIMES” project seeks to investigate the natural cycles  of meteorology, circulation, and chemistry shaping the environments on  the four giant planets. Inversions of planetary spectra will be used to  reconstruct these atmospheres in three dimensions to explore their spatial and temporal variability. See:

Enquiries to Dr. Leigh Fletcher at