In cooperation with the Institute for Planetary Research of the German Aerospace Center, the FU Berlin is planning to provide a power unit for the “Venus Emissivity Mapper” (VEM) instrument as a contribution to the “Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, InSAR, Topography” mission, & Spectroscopy” (VERITAS). The main goal of this instrument is to perform spectroscopy to study the surface composition of Venus.
Since the dense atmosphere of Venus strongly modifies the surface spectra, a radiative transfer model is needed to correct for these effects. This model is to be developed by adapting existing models. The atmospheric correction necessarily involves input data based on the atmosphere itself, such as water vapor concentration and temperature in the layers close to the ground, as well as cloud particle density and size distribution. This data can be analyzed using a coupled climate-chemistry model, among other things.
As an instrument manager, the applicant should plan and supervise the construction, integration and testing of the VEM Power Units in close cooperation with the Institute for Planetary Research of the DLR and industrial partners and in coordination with the American partner institutions. At the same time, the applicant should prepare the operation of the instrument and the scientific evaluation and archiving of the data and provide support in the creation of operation plans. This includes the development of a radiative transfer model for data processing and analysis.
completed scientific university degree (Master or comparable) in Physics, Astronomy or Engineering, preferably atmospheric/geophysics or an engineering science
- Experience in the management of scientific or technical projects, preferably in the field of instrument construction or operation
- Doctorate in Physics, Astronomy or Engineering, preferably related to geophysics or atmospheres
- Experience with models of radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres, particularly Venus
- Experience in evaluating remote sensing data, preferably near-infrared data from Venus
- Experience in international scientific cooperation, especially with the USA
- High motivation, independence, ability to work in a team, ability to communicate
- Very good programming skills
- Very good knowledge of spoken and written English
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Applications should be sent by e-mail, together with significant documents, indicating the reference code, in PDF format (preferably as one document) no later than November 29th, 2022 to Mrs. Prof. Dr. Heike Rauer: firstname.lastname@example.org or postal to
Freie Universität Berlin
Department of Geosciences
Institute of Geological Sciences
FR Planetology and Remote Sensing
Mrs. Prof. Dr. Heike Rauer
Malteserstr. 74 – 100
Haus D, 12249 Berlin (Lankwitz)
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