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Senior Research Associate
Lancaster Environment Centre
£34,189 to £39,609
Monday 21 January 2019
To be confirmed
An exciting opportunity exists
for an experienced researcher to work on the radar signature of volcanic ash,
and uncertainty in volcanic plume models. This post is part of the NERC-funded
Highlight Topic project Radar-supported Next-Generation Forecasting of Volcanic
Ash Hazard (R4AsH), led by Lancaster University.
R4AsH is a collaboration between
the universities of Lancaster, Cambridge, Oxford, Reading and St Andrews (with
additional partners in the UK Met Office, Italy, Switzerland and the USA), that
will address one of the most pressing challenges in volcanic ash hazard
forecasting: characterising the source term for volcanic ash transport and
deposition models (VATDMs). The project will explore the potential of
millimetre-wave radar for providing near real-time measurements of ash particle
size and number density in volcanic plumes. It combines laboratory experiments
on the radar characteristics of ash, with proximal and distal ash transport
modelling, estimates of uncertainty, and constraints derived from the inversion
of satellite data.
This post focusses on (1) laboratory
experiments to characterise the radar signature of falling ash particles and (2)
characterisation of the uncertainties in volcanic plume dispersion models through
numerical simulation. You will be responsible for constructing a laboratory
fall chamber for ash particles, which will be instrumented with a bespoke
triple-frequency radar constructed by colleagues at the University of St Andrews.
You will use this equipment to carry out measurements of radar reflectivity for
falling ash particles. The work will also include exploring the effectiveness
of radar-based constraints on uncertainties in VATDM forecasts. Core duties
will include liaising with project partners, reporting to the research team and
disseminating results through high impact scientific publications.
You should hold a PhD in physical
volcanology or a relevant quantitative science, and have research expertise in laboratory
experimental approaches and computer modelling. You should be self-motivated,
collaborative and hold strong communication and interpersonal skills. A
capability to work independently and as part of a broader interdisciplinary
team is also essential.
Informal inquiries may be directed to Mike James, email@example.com.
It is anticipated that you will
be available to start on 1st April, 2019 and is a fixed term post for 36 months.
We are committed to
family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The
department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, which recognises and celebrates
good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in Higher
Education and research.
The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position
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