Graduate Research in Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction: Air-Sea CO2 Exchange in the Southern Ocean

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The Atmospheric Sciences Research Center and the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Science at the State University of New York at Albany are pleased to announce an opening for a highly motivated PhD student to make state-of-the-art measurements of air-sea CO2 exchange in the Southern Ocean. The scientific objective is to improve the understanding of processes controlling gas exchange in this important ocean region.Project description

Turbulent air-sea fluxes of momentum, sensible and latent heat, and carbon dioxide will be measured using the eddy covariance technique aboard a U.S. polar ship for two austral summer seasons. The field component of the project will include participation in several research cruises. The successful student will process and analyze data using Matlab, present results at scientific conferences, participate in summer schools, and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Motivated students with an interest in geophysical fluid mechanics, turbulence, and air-sea CO2 exchange are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications desired

BS or MS degree in physical sciences (atmospheric sciences, oceanography, engineering or a related discipline)
Willingness to travel and go to sea
Some experience with field observations, data acquisition, and data processing is beneficial

Application procedure

Candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Scott Miller ( by email before applying. Information on applying to the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University at Albany can be found at

Start date: April 1, 2012 or when position filled

Application deadline: June 1, 2012


Dr. Scott Miller
Ph: (518) 437-8799

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