Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Planetary Atmosphere Dynamics

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics , University of Oxford

Oxford, South East England, United Kingdom

Salary: Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Planetary Atmosphere Dynamics (modelling and observations). The post is available initially for a fixed-term until 31 March 2022 with possibility of extension to 36 months duration

This project will involve extending an existing numerical model of the atmospheric circulation and climate in the observable “weather layer” of Jupiter and applying it to Saturn. Results of model simulations will be used to advance our understanding of the processes organising the atmospheric circulation into coherent patterns of zonal jets, waves and long-lived vortices. The project will also conduct analyses of observational data, including spacecraft images of cloud motions, for comparison with model simulations and to determine the transport of energy, momentum and vorticity within the atmospheric circulation. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

The successful candidate will assist in the planning of model development and the associated programme of model simulations, and will be responsible for carrying out these developments and model runs and contributing to their interpretation. The postholder will also work with our collaborators in the UK and Spain in planning and executing the analysis of spacecraft data and assisting in their scientific interpretation.

Applicants should possess, or be close to completion of a doctorate in physics or a related field, a strong background in atmospheric dynamics and/or numerical modelling and previous experience of programming using high-level languages such as Fortran, Python, Matlab or IDL. Candidates are expected to demonstrate an ability to work independently and good communication skills, together with research skills in numerical modelling, atmospheric data analysis and an ability to work with large datasets.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Peter Read (

You will be required to upload a statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 14 March 2019 can be considered.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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