[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD position, clouds and cloud-aerosol coupling, New Zealand

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Thu Feb 18 13:25:10 MST 2016

PhD position in New Zealand

Cloud properties and occurrence over the Southern Ocean are subject to 
substantial biases in the current generation of climate models. The 
Cloud and Aerosols project in the New Zealand Deep South National 
Science Challenge programme aims to make dedicated in situ measurements 
and use existing data to improve the representation of clouds and 
cloud-aerosol coupling in the New Zealand Earth System Model. A 
fully-funded PhD position entitled ‘In-situ and remote sensing 
measurements of Southern Ocean Cloud and Aerosol Properties’ is 
currently available. This studentship will be jointly supported by Dr. 
Mike Harvey (NIWA, Wellington) and Dr. Adrian McDonald (University of 
Canterbury, Christchurch).

The student selected will initially be based in Wellington at the NIWA 
Greta point facility and be involved in the development and testing of 
hardware that will allow the vertical structure and aerosol content of 
the lowest kilometre of the atmosphere to be measured. Later work may 
require the student to move to Christchurch dependent on progress and 
the needs of the observational programme. This project offers 
significant opportunities for travel linked to fieldwork with plans for 
testing in New Zealand and a number of ship deployments in the Southern 
Ocean. An interest in instrumentation and an understanding of remote 
sensing techniques would be very desirable.

We are seeking highly qualified and motivated scientists. Candidates are 
expected to have a BSc Honours or Masters degree in Physics or an 
equivalent, when they start their Ph.D. project. Some experience with 
atmospheric physics and aerosol sampling will be an advantage.  The 
willingness to cooperate in a geographically distributed team is also 
required. We also expect that you are able to communicate your results 
in oral and written form in very good English. Applicants should submit 
an academic transcript, a CV and the name of two academic referees 
before the deadline.

Deadline to apply: Wednesday 14 March 2016 at 17:00 (NZST)

Applications and enquiries to <Mike.Harvey at niwa.co.nz> or 
<adrian.mcdonald at canterbury.ac.nz>.
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