PhD scholarship in Observations from the International Space Station of High-Energy Radiation from Thunderstorms

Technical University of Denmark - DTU Space

DTU Space at Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a PhD scholarship in Observations from the International Space Station of High-Energy Radiation from Thunderstorms.
 
DTU Space is the leading institution of public space activities in Denmark. The mission of the Institute is to conduct research, development, scientific advice, education, and innovation at the highest international level within the following areas: Space Technology & Instrumentation, Earth Observation & Geoscience and Space & Astrophysics. DTU Space is engaged in several engineering educations based on high international level research at the institute. Particular emphasis is on the BSc and MSc programs in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering.
 
The Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics Section at DTU Space leads the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) for the International Space Station with launch in early 2018. ASIM will measure Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes (TGFs) and Transient Luminous Events (TLEs) powered by thunderstorms. TGFs are burst of radiation from thunderstorm clouds and TLEs are the electrical discharges in the atmosphere between the cloud tops and the ionosphere, the so-called Sprites, Jets and Gigantic Jets. Scientists and engineers at DTU Space have supported the development of the ASIM instruments, are fielding instruments in the western Mediterranean region for optical observations of discharges above thunderstorms, and develop simulation tools for modelling of atmospheric electric discharges.
 
The position is within the EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Project SAINT (Science and Innovation with Thunderstorms) of 15 Ph.D. students and 19 partners. SAINT is coordinated by DTU Space and will conduct research in thunderstorm processes by coupling ASIM and ground-based observations with laboratory experiments and simulations. The position is one of 4 Ph. D. positions in the SAINT project at DTU Space.
 
Responsibilities and tasks
The objective is to understand the electric discharge processes that generate TGFs and to determine if TGFs are associated with unique optical signature that can be identified in lightning detection cameras on geostationary monitoring satellites (GOES-R and MTG). Data are analyzed together with data from High-Voltage laboratory experiments and simulations in collaboration with Ph.D. students at other partners of the SAINT project.
 
SAINT is a highly intergrated network. The Ph.D. candidates will all be exposed to satellite observations, ground observations, laboratory experiments and numerical modelling. All projects will to some degree involve the results obtained by others in the network.
 
The candidate will attend summer- and winter schools organized by the SAINT network, and visit with other partners of the network.
 
Qualifications
Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering. Familiarity with space observations, the physics of electrical discharges and/or high-energy radiation is an advantage, but not a condition.
 
Application
Please submit your online application no later than 13 October 2017.

To view the full announcement and to apply: www.career.dtu.dk

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