Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Job title Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Department Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322 pro rata, Fixed term

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Friday 31 July 2020

Closing date Sunday 13 September 2020

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF7707

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SWIMMR (Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk) is a four-year research programme that will improve the UK's capabilities for space weather monitoring and prediction.

A Royal Academy of Engineering report (2011) suggests that all Services that depend on satellite radio navigation for positioning, navigation or timing (PNT), either directly or indirectly, "should explain their contingency plans for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) outages".

The objective of the SWIMMR N3 project (recently funded by NERC) will build a step-change in the Met Office’s ability to specify and forecast the ionosphere. 

The ability to monitor and forecast gradients in Total Electron Content (TEC) as well as the occurrence of scintillation on GNSS signals is paramount for safety-critical applications, for example, civil aviation. At the University of Bath we will help the Met Office in building such a capability through the SWIMMR N3 project. 

The overall purpose of this job position is to build computer tools for the nowcasting and forecasting of TEC gradients and ionospheric scintillation by using GNSS data as well as other data of relevance.

Summary of the role:

  • to conduct individual and collaborative research within this project;
  • to contribute to the execution of the project;
  • to analyse data from ground and spaceborne GNSS, scintillation monitors, ionosondes, incoherent scatter radars and other instruments of relevance;
  • to craft computer tools in Python for nowcasting and forecasting of TEC gradients and scintillation;
  • to disseminate project results (by means of project reports, peer-reviewed publications);
  • to actively participate in project meetings as well as Departmental and Group meetings;

Person Specification:

  • A PhD degree in GNSS, space physics, space engineering, or any other area closely related to the project;
  • specialist knowledge of GNSS data;
  • specialist knowledge in ionospheric radio science (for example, propagation effects due to TEC and scintillation);
  • ability to craft suitable Python-based algorithms;
  • ability to carry out research work and to disseminate results;
  • ability to work in a team;
  • passion and self-motivation

Informal enquires to Biagio Forte ( Please note that this is a fixed term, full time post for 24 months.

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