PhD position on soil dust emission: field campaigns, theory and modeling R1

Job Reference

83_ES_AC_R1

Position

PhD position on soil dust emission: field campaigns, theory and modeling R1

Closing Date

Thursday, 31 May, 2018
About BSC
 
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 500 staff from 44 countries.

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Context And Mission
 
We are looking for PhD student in the Atmospheric Composition (AC) group at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. The AC group led by Carlos Pérez García-Pando aims at better understanding and predicting the spatiotemporal variations of atmospheric pollutants along with their effects upon air quality, weather and climate. The post is available immediately for a fixed-term period of 4 years.

The successful candidate will focus on dust emission as part of the new European Research Council project FRontiers in dust minerAloGical coMposition and its Effects upoN climaTe (FRAGMENT). He/she is expected to contribute new fundamental understanding on the size distribution and mineralogy of dust particles when they are emitted from arid regions. He/she is expected to help performing the field campaigns, which will happen during the first two years of the PhD in Spain, Morocco and California, and contribute to the evaluation and further development of dust emission theories.

The successful candidate will work closely with national and international collaborators from the Spanish Scientific Research Council, Technische Universität Darmstadt, NASA, Caltech and PSI. He/she will be supervised by Carlos Pérez García-Pando from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (the PI of FRAGMENT) and Xavier Querol from the Spanish Scientific Research Council.

The applicant should be ready to travel frequently and participate in field campaigns in three continents during the first two years of the PhD.
 
Key Duties
 
  • The applicant should be ready to be on travel frequently and to participate in field campaigns in three continents during the first two years of the PhD
 
Requirements
 
  • Education
    • Having a MSc in Physics, Geology, Geosciences, Engineering or related discipline.
    • Excellent academic record
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Knowledge on wind erosion and dust emission would be a clear advantage
    • Experience in field campaigns would be a clear advantage
    • Knowledge on soil analysis would be a clear advantage
    • Robust physics background will be highly valued
    • Computing skills in high-level computer languages (such as FORTRAN or C) and experience with UNIX/LINUX environments will be highly valued
  • Competences
    • Very good interpersonal skills
    • Fluency in English
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to take initiative, prioritize and work under set deadlines
    • Ability to work both independently and within a team
 
Conditions
 
  • The position will be located at BSC within the Earth Sciences Department
  • We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience
    of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona
  • Starting date: ASAP
 
Applications Procedure
 
All applications must include:
  • A motivation letter with a statement of interest, including two contacts for further references
  • Academic record of the Master and the University degree.
  • A full CV including contact details
 
Deadline
 
The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.
 
Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment
 
BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.

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