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Post-doctoral Research Associate in Atmospheric Modelling (Fixed Term)

Interested in climate change? Want to contribute?

Use your analytical skills to help solve one of the long standing problems in climate modelling.

Climate models need to represent all parts of the earth's system. This position will work on understanding the physical processes required to represent convective clouds. As part of a wider UK collaborative programme called ParaCon, we are aiming to make significant improvements to climate and weather models over the next five years. Working with UK experts in the field, you will perform simulations of clouds in order to unpick the important processes that contribute to the climate system. Improving the representation of convection will lead to a step-change in our ability to predict weather and climate. In addition to the UK Met Office, project partners include groups from the Universities of Cambridge, Exeter, Leeds and Reading.

This position represents an ideal opportunity to work in or move into atmospheric sciences, as it will involve collaborating widely across the UK and beyond, and working on one of the most pressing research areas for the understanding of weather and climate.

Based in Cambridge the post will be with Dr Michael Herzog as part of the atmospheric process group within the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge. You will use Large Eddy Simulations (LES) to characterize and quantify key elements of convection. The work will be performed within the framework of a new parameterization, the Convective Cloud Field Model (CCFM) which is currently being coupled to the UK Met Office Unified Model (UM). The focus of the post will be to perform and analyse high-resolution (LES) simulations of convective clouds starting from simulations of idealised individual convective cloud elements moving towards simulations of fully interactive convective cloud fields. Outcomes will directly feed into improvements of CCFM and UM-CCFM to assess the impact on simulated climate. The UM-CCFM activities are supported locally by National Centre for Atmospheric Science in Cambridge. Outcomes from this work will not only lead to a better CCFM but more crucially, will inform any new or existing convection parameterization for the UM. The post involves travel to international conferences and project meetings. There will be the possibility to co-advise doctoral students and potentially other teaching opportunities.

Applicants should have a doctorate in atmospheric science, physics, applied mathematics or a related field and ideally a strong background in numerical modelling and atmospheric or fluid dynamics. Knowledge of boundary layer processes and cloud physics are an advantage. Proficiency in computer programming (e.g. FORTRAN) is expected.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Dr Michael Herzog by email,

Fixed term: In the first instance, the funding supporting the post ends on 30 June 2019. We are awaiting confirmation of a project extension which will provide funding for a further 7 months for this post.

Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 17th July 2017. 
Expected start date: October 2017, however, earlier and later start dates will be considered

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Please quote reference LC11626 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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