The University of Groningen (RUG) invites applications for PhD Scholarship Modelling atmospheric pollution and aerosol-cloud interactions in the 2021/22 academic session.
The PhD candidate will be supervised by Dr Tabish Ansari and will be a member of the Governance Flagship team at Campus Fryslân, which is comprised of PhD students and academic staff on all levels and visiting scholars from partner institutes.
The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School Campus Fryslân (GSCF) and can benefit from affiliations at other faculties at the University of Groningen (ESRIG – Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen, among others depending on the scope of the project).
Topics of interest for the doctoral research include (but are not limited to):
- Global/Regional/Urban scale air pollution modeling using 3D atmospheric chemical transport models
- Modelling aerosol-cloud interactions
- Air pollution – meteorology feedback
- Uncertainty quantification in model processes and emission inventories
- Modeling techniques for source apportionment of secondary pollutants.
The PhD student will benefit from ongoing research collaboration with scientists from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur. The PhD student will present their scientific results at relevant national and international conferences and publish their findings in high-quality peer-reviewed journals. Interdisciplinary proposals at the intersection of atmospheric science and data science, particularly machine learning, are very welcome.
Worth of Award
You enrol in the PhD Scholarship Programme and receive a scholarship of € 2,207 per month (gross) from the University of Groningen.
The candidate should have the following qualifications:
- Master’s degree in a numerate discipline such as atmospheric sciences, meteorology, physics, applied mathematics, engineering or a related field
- demonstrable programming and scientific computing skills in languages such as FORTRAN/Python/R/Matlab/NCL
- familiarity with Linux command line and high-performance computing environment
- experience in manipulating and visualizing large geophysical data sets (e.g., NetCDF, HDF, GriB) for scientific analysis
- experience in running meteorological and air quality models such as WRF-Chem/CMAQ/Geos-Chem/MUSICA would be an asset
- experience in satellite data analysis will be an asset
- good record of undergraduate and graduate studies
- good command of spoken and written English. Dutch proficiency is an asset
- very good individual and collaborative working skills
- excellent presentation skills
- demonstrable planning and organizational skills
- strong motivation to complete a PhD dissertation in four years.
How to Apply
You may apply for this opportunity by using the application form.
Please upload your complete application in English until the deadline, by submitting the following documents:
- write a cover letter (no more than 1 page) about why you want to receive a PhD Scholarship at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen (Letter of Motivation attachment)
- CV including names and contact details of two Academic References (CV attachment)
- add the results (grades) of your Research Master or Master program (Certificate of Academic Degree attachment)
- provide proof of sufficient competence in English (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS) (extra attachment)
- develop and submit your own PhD proposal (max 2000 words) and connect to any intended supervisor in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. Both the fit and the contribution will be an explicit consideration in the evaluation of the PhD proposal. While an intended supervisor may provide feedback they expect you to develop your own PhD Scholarship proposal.
Deadline: Application is open until April 14, 2021, 11:59 pm Dutch local time