21/10/2017

Postdoctoral researcher

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Polish Academy of Sciences
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Environmental science
    Geography
    Geosciences
    Physics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    10/12/2017 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Poland › Wroclaw
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Part-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    20
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/03/2018

For more than a decade, methane has been detected in the atmosphere of Mars by various instruments and groups. The ESA and IKI ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), launched in March 2016, will investigate the presence of methane and other trace gas sources in the Martian atmosphere starting from May 2018. Methane does not stay longer than days or months in the Martian atmosphere, which implies that if methane is detected, its source must be active. It can be either biological (methanogenic archaea) or geological (serpentinisation of olivine in the Martian crust, hydrothermal activity, outgassing from clathrates or minerals). On Earth, both types are frequently associated. The EXOMHYDR project focuses on the potential geologic sources, especially in volcanic regions and some fractured regions above which some strong emissions have been detected in the past. Current emissions will be identified using the NOMAD and ACS spectrometers of TGO, which will probe the atmosphere in a wide range of wavelengths, and will be correlated with possible sources identified using the colour and stereo CaSSIS camera of TGO and other instruments from previous missions (HiRISE, CRISM, HRSC, MOLA, SHARAD etc.). Ancient sources may be identified as well by interpreting the data from CaSSIS and earlier instruments. In addition to a better understanding of the structure of the Martian crust, we expect that this work will also contribute to the debate as to the current existence of microscopic life on Mars preserved from the lethal atmospheric ultraviolet radiations, and to the possibility of much more ancient biological activity. Hydrothermal sites are also sites where mineral/metal resources concentrate on Earth, shedding light into interesting sites for future space mining activities.

The project will be carried out by a group of young motivated researchers within the framework of European Space Agency's Guest Investigator Programme, and funded by the Operational Programme Smart Growth 2014-2020 of the European Union through the TEAM programme of the Foundation for Polish Science. It will be carried out in constant interaction with the TGO science teams, espeically from ACS, CaSSIS and NOMAD.

For this postdoc position, the successful applicant will be in charge of determining the thermal properties of the Martian surface using data from the ACS and CaSSIS instruments from TGO and instruments from earlier missions. She/He will be committed to publish scientific results in international peer-reviewed journals, participate to science popularisation activities, and may also be requested to participate to the supervision of a PhD student involved in the same project.

Benefits

- Opportunity to work with science teams in a planetary exploration mission

- Work in a spirit of mutual benefit approach through multidisciplinary work

- Friendly working and living environments in Wrocław, European Capital of Culture 2016

- Attractive salary with respect to Polish standards, and including health insurance as well as retirement pension contribution valued in any EU member state.

Eligibility criteria

The applicant must hold a PhD degree in the fields Geology / Geophysics / Geography obtained not earlier than January 2012 and not later than the day of the audition.The application shall include:

1. A copy of the Ph.D. diploma, thesis (in PDF), and reviews

2. A scientific CV describing education, employment history, previous participation in research projects, collaborations, internships, stipends, list of publications, other achievements as well as scientific interests

3. An application letter that provides a description of how the applicant thinks that her/his previous work and skills can be beneficial to the project. The letter should include the statement: "I hereby give consent for my personal data included in my application to be processed for the purposes of the recruitment process under the Personal Data Protection Act as of 29 August 1997, consolidated text: Journal of Laws 2016, item 922 as amended.”

4. E-mail addresses of two research scientists who can provide recommendation letters.

Selection process

Applications sent before the deadline will be considered.

Applications from candidates having an inadequate profile may be discarded. These candidates will be informed by email soon after submission.

The applicants will be asked to participate in talks held in Wrocław (favoured; Wrocław is a well-serviced low-cost airline destination) or via teleconference call. An oral or written examination in limited time aiming at determining the scientific level of the candidates or their ability to deal with a given scientific problem may also be part of the selection procedure. The language used throughout the selection procedure will be English.

All the applicants will be informed about the results of the recruitment procedure by e-mail.

Additional comments

Remuneration: 7500 PLN of full remuneration cost, i.e. expected net salary 3 750 PLN

Important dates:

- Application deadline: December 10, 2017

- Notification of application selection for audition: December 11, 2017

- Audition: currently scheduled January 8 – 9, 2018

- Position starting date: March 1, 2018

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    GeosciencesOther
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    GeographyOther
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    PhysicsOther
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Geosciences: PhD or equivalent
    Physics: PhD or equivalent
    Geography: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

The successful applicant will have demonstrated experience in using, processing and analysing thermal datasets and modelling thermal properties of planetary surfaces.

She/He will show motivation and enthusiasm for scientific activity in a multidisciplinary team, being a self-motivated and goal-oriented researcher, and will show ability at meeting deadlines, especially those dictated by TGO science team timelines and publication constraints.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Space Research Centre
Poland
Lower Silesia
Wroclaw
51-622
ul. Kopernika 11

EURAXESS offer ID: 254061