PhD studentship on the future use of MTG Lightning Imager (LI) observations in NWP
There is an exciting opportunity for a fully-funded full-time PhD studentship for three years within the French National Centre for Meteorological Research (CNRM, http://www.umr-cnrm.fr/?lang=en) and Laboratoire d’Aérologie (LA, http://www.aero.obs-mip.fr/en) in Toulouse (France) on the preparation for the use of MTG LI observations in short-term numerical weather prediction. The project is motivated by the need to improve the prediction of atmospheric deep convection (thunderstorms) and by the forthcoming availability of space-based geostationary lightning observations.
The studentship is funded by the French Space Agency (CNES) and the French National Weather Service (Météo-France). It offers the opportunity to perform world-leading, interdisciplinary research in the fields of mesoscale meteorology, atmospheric electricity and data assimilation, as well as to participate in a field campaign with airborne operations (autumn 2018 in Corsica). A full description of the PhD project is available here: http://www.umr-cnrm.fr/IMG/pdf/phdthesis_lightning_data_assimilation_final.pdf.
Applications are invited from domestic and international high-quality graduates able to start their PhD studies in October 2017. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in atmospheric physics, with a particular interest in severe weather. The candidate should be self-motivated, with strong research potential, good programming skills, and good oral and written communication skills.
The applications including a detailed resume, an academic transcript, a letter of reference from the M2 supervisor/engineering school, and the names of two references, must be sent to Dr Olivier Caumont (olivier.caumont[at]meteo.fr) and Dr Éric Defer (eric.defer[at]aero.obs-mip.fr) by March 12, 2017.