University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

United Kingdom

Closing in 23 days

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

Department of Physics, Clarendon Lab

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral research Assistant modelling oxidation in the Martian atmosphere.

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 2 years.

The ExoMars mission is the flagship programme of the European Space Agency (ESA) to search for sign of life in the Solar System and pave the way for human exploration. The role of the researcher will be to undertake photochemical modelling using the Planetary Climate Model (PCM/Mars GCM) in support of the observations of Mars being made with spectrometers onboard the TGO.

The applicant will specifically look how the changing oxidative state of the Martian atmosphere, driven by ozone enhancements, impacts other observed trace gases, including the newly discovered volcanic gas hydrogen chloride.

The successful candidate will manage own academic research and administrative activities. This involves small scale project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadline; adapt existing and develop new scientific techniques and experimental protocols using high-performance, server-based computing systems; test hypotheses and analyse scientific data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining working hypotheses as appropriate; collaborate in the preparation of scientific reports and journal articles and occasionally present papers and posters.


Applicants should possess a PhD/DPhil (or close to obtaining) , and a strong background in atmospheric chemistry or physics and photochemical modelling.

Previous experience in the field of global climate modelling or general circulation modelling will be an advantage.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Dr. Kevin Olsen [email protected]

Only applications received before midday 21st March 2024 can be considered.

You will be required to upload a letter of application/supporting statement, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Contact Person : Recruitment Vacancy ID : 171005 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 21-Mar-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £36,024- £44,263 per annum

Job details


Post Doctoral Research Assistant


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


February 09, 2024

Application deadline

March 21, 2024

Job type



Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Physics,Space Science

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The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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