Postdoc - Atmospheric Physics

Stratospheric Sources of Surface Ozone and Methane

Swedish Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna has an opening for a postdoc to work in a project studying the contribution of stratospheric air to surface ozone and methane at high latitudes.

The focus of the project is the effects of atmospheric turbulence on vertical mixing. A > 10-year database from the ESRAD radar in Kiruna provides profiles of r.m.s. turbulent velocities, winds and static-stability up to ~15 km height. These will be used to parameterize turbulence in terms of wind and stability. The results will be incorporated into a trajectory/dispersion model such as FLEXPART. Model output will be tested against observations by ozone lidar and by ozonesondes, and surface measurements of ozone , methane and other trace gases (e.g. at the nearby Pallas Global Atmospheric Watch station). Similar work will be done for the Antarctic atmosphere using our new atmospheric radar at the Swedish/Finnish station Wasa/Aboa in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica.

The candidate should have a recent PhD in atmospheric physics, or a closely related area, and demonstrated ability to develop software using FORTRAN and MATLAB. Experience in research using one or more of the following will be an advantage : atmopheric radar, atmospheric lidar, trajectory modelling, ECMWF. Good communication skills in English are needed.

Renumeration for the postdoc (up to 2 years) is in the form of a stipend from the Kempe foundation. More information on the Atmospheric Research Group at Swedish Institute of Space Physics can be found at . Informal enquiries about the postdoc position can be made to Prof. Sheila Kirkwood ( , tel. +46 980 79083)

Formal applications should be submitted to Registrator, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Box 812, 98128 Kiruna, SWEDEN ( Please make refence to "Dnr 31-132/07 Post doc - Atmospheric Physics". Closing date for applications is 5 August 2007.

Last Application Date: 2007-08-05

Created 2007-05-04 14:07:48 by Rick McGregor
Last changed 2007-05-04 14:12:57 by Rick McGregor

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) is a governmental research institute which conducts research and postgraduate education in atmospheric physics, space physics and space technology. Measurements are made in the atmosphere, ionosphere, magnetosphere and around other planets with the help of ground-based equipment (including radar), stratospheric balloons and satellites. IRF was established (as Kiruna Geophysical Observatory) in 1957 and its first satellite instrument was launched in 1968. The head office is in Kiruna (geographic coordinates 67.84° N, 20.41° E) and IRF also has offices in Umeå, Uppsala and Lund.