The Thule Institute of the University of Oulu has started a new multi-disciplinary research programme under the topic of "Global Change." Altogether 12 PhD studentships are available in various topics within various categories. Two of the topics are related to the atmospheric science and space research, which are detailed below.
Currently, we are fast approaching the next solar activity maximum. During high solar activity, space weather events, which cause energetic particle precipitation into our atmosphere, occur much more frequently. These events lead to production of odd nitrogen in the mesosphere, which subsequently destroys mesospheric ozone. The project "Mesospheric Monitoring of Ozone above the Polar Vortex during Solar Maximum 24" (MeMO) will deploy a number of simple satellite TV receivers in Finland, which will monitor the radio emissions from mesospheric ozone and thereby measure ozone concentration above Tromsø and Sodankylä.
At these two locations, comprehensive ground-based measurements support the ozone observations: at Tromsø there are the EISCAT incoherent scatter radars, an MST radar, a meteor radar, and a lidar, while at Sodankylä comprehensive tropospheric and stratospheric monitoring by the Arctic Research Centre of the Finnish Meteorological Institute is complemented by, among others, the meteor radar and ionosonde of the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory.
The successful candidate will have a degree in physics or engineering, as well as basic knowledge of atmospheric and ionospheric physics. He or she will have good programming skills. Basic understanding of RF electronics is beneficial for the job. Good command of the English language is a must. The location of research is Sodankylä, and mobility periods at MIT, Boston, USA, and University of Lancaster, UK, are envisaged.
Oulu: Outer Space Influence on the Low and Middle Polar Atmosphere
In the framework of the Thule Institute of the University of Oulu, a new project "Outer Space Influence on the Low and Middle Polar Atmosphere" has been started, with an opening of a full-time PhD studentship.
The studentship is for a four-year term, starting in September 2012 or as agreed, with a PhD completed in 2016 or earlier. The successful candidate will work at the University of Oulu, Finland, in an active group with Prof. Ilya Usoskin. The primary goal of the student will be to develop a global unified quantitative model of the atmospheric ionisation with particular emphasis upon polar region. It will be primarily oriented to the atmospheric and climate community to be used as an input for atmospheric chemistry and dynamics studies.
An M.Sc. or equivalent in Physics, Mathematics or Earth Sciences is required along with sufficient skills of English. Knowledge of one or more of the following fields is an advantage: space physics, atmospheric physics, numerical modelling, nuclear physics.
In order to apply, please click on the project titles above and follow the links to the application forms therein. Apply for Mesospheric Monitoring of Ozone above the Polar Vortex during Solar Maximum 24 or for Outer Space Influence on the Low and Middle Polar Atmosphere.
Closing date: applications for all vacancies in this call must have reached the university by 31st August 2012, 15:00 h local time.
Photos: top: EISCAT radar at Sodankylä, by Thomas Ulich; bottom: University of Oulu administration building, Wikimedia Commons (source).