Thursday, 30 March 2017

ERC-Funded Postdoc in our Team

Advertising the first ERC-funded postdoctoral position in Leicester's Planetary Atmospheres team - please do get in touch with any queries!

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Giant Planet Atmospheres
Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Leicester
Salary Grade 7 - £32,958 to £38,183 per annum
Full-time open-ended contract subject to external fixed-term funding.
Full Details:

Ref: SEN00830

The Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Leicester wishes to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to undertake a programme of original research in the field of giant planet atmospheric science, utilising remote sensing data from a range of space- and ground-based observatories.  You will join a planetary science team addressing the aims of a grant awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) to Dr. Leigh Fletcher.  The appointment will initially be for a period of up to four years.

The “GIANTCLIMES” programme seeks to study the climates of the four giant planets over large spans of time, allowing us to investigate cycles of meteorology, circulation, and chemical processes shaping the environments on these worlds.  Inversions of planetary spectra, from the ultraviolet to the microwave, will be used to reconstruct these atmospheres in three dimensions to explore their temporal variability and the processes coupling different atmospheric regimes. You will analyse subsets of data from Juno, Cassini, Spitzer and the James Webb Space Telescope (among others), complemented by observations from Earth-based facilities.  We are therefore particularly interested in candidates with a background in planetary atmospheres and spectroscopic modelling techniques, but all applicants with a strong background in planetary science are encouraged to apply.

You will be expected to carry out independent and collaborative research for this project and to disseminate the results to the international scientific community.  There will be significant opportunities to collaborate within Leicester’s Planetary Science team (whose existing research includes planetary magnetospheres, ionospheres, atmospheres and surface science), Earth Observation group, and with an international team specialising in radiative transfer and spectral inversion for planetary atmospheres.

In addition to the online application form, applicants are requested to provide:  [1] a CV and publication list; [2] academic references covering your research career to date; [3] a cover letter detailing how your prior experience and future research aims are commensurate with the broad aims of the programme outlined above.  Full details on how to apply can be found here:

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Dr. Leigh Fletcher on

The closing date for this post is midnight on 5 April 2017.

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