Updated on July 8, 2021 by Henrik Andersson

Umeå University seeks as Post Doc to work in a project related to EISCAT.

Closing date: 15 August 2021

The Department of Science and Mathematics Education seeks a postdoc for a research project on data processing and visualization of atmospheric and ionospheric data. The employment is full-time for two years starting September 15, 2021 or by agreement.

About the position

The position is at the Department of Science and Mathematics Education which focus is on research and teaching about education and learning in science, technology and mathematics. Research will be carried out partly at the Department of Physics and Curiosum science center at Umeå University, and partly on site at EISCAT’s headquarters in Kiruna. Together they form a stimulating and international research environment. At the Department of Physics, the Space Plasma Physics Group study naturally occurring plasmas in the solar system, especially the coupled solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere system. Curiosum is a public science center, focusing on visualization of scientific data, especially through a 360-degree dome theater. EISCAT’s headquarters are located at Institute of Space Physics in Kiruna, focusing on solar and space science.

Project and work tasks

In the research project data from EISCAT3D is used. EISCAT3D collects atmospheric and ionospheric data using Incoherent Scatter Radar (ISR) techniques and provides information about the complex systems in the atmosphere and the interaction between the Sun and the Earth, e.g., northern lights, space weather, meteors incidents and climate issues. In this project, this information will be made accessible through interactive visualization, giving possibilities for both researchers and a general public to explore the phenomena and processes that characterize the atmosphere. Platforms for visualization of and interaction with the data will be explored in order to create activities where users in a non-formal learning environment, such as a science center, can explore and investigate science experiments that are in the frontiers of science research. The cognitive and affective effects of these activities will, at a later state of the project, be investigated to gain more knowledge about how these activities affect users.

One possibility for visualization is through the open-source interactive data visualization software OpenSpace but other platforms are also of interest.

Examples of research and working tasks within the project are:

  • Extract interesting selection of data from the huge amount of raw data.
  • Create a framework for data distribution from EISCAT3D to dome theaters using, for example, OpenSpace and Data2Dome.
  • New algorithms and techniques for visualizing authentic 3D data coming from EISCAT3D and other radar observations as well as satellite and optical observations.
  • Combine atmospheric data from different sources to produce a more accurate and comprehensive visualization for a broad public audience.
  • Evaluate and produce content for visualization platforms and 3D creation tools in dome theaters.

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