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Lecturer in Data Assimilation
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF37515

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 12/06/2022

Job live date: 29/04/2022

Salary: £41,526 – £51,034 per annum

Employment type: AR-Academic (Lecturer)

Department: School of Mathematical Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Mathematics & Statistics

Hours per week: 1.0FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full Time Permanent

Applications are invited for a permanent Lectureship (equivalent to North American assistant professorship) in Data Assimilation. The post is a joint position between the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. It is a full-time position, but flexible working arrangements can be considered.

You will have:

  • A PhD in Mathematics or in a quantitative science, or equivalent research experience.
  • An excellent track record of research in data assimilation, evidenced by publications of international standing.
  • Ability to teach across a range of modules and levels in mathematics and/or meteorology;
  • Dedication to high-quality teaching and learning.

Candidates should indicate in their application how they would build research collaborations.

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers students a vibrant teaching and learning environment coupled with world-leading research in applied and numerical mathematics, pure mathematics and statistics. The Department of Meteorology is a thriving community of over 200 academics and research scientists and more than 150 students. It also hosts some staff of the UK Met Office, the NERC National Centre for Atmospheric Sciences and the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). In the next few years the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) will relocate to the University of Reading campus, which will create the largest cluster of weather and climate research and operational forecasting in the world. Along with the Department of Computer Science, the two departments form part of the School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


A core part of the School is the Data Assimilation Research Centre (DARC), involving 8 academic staff and around 20 research staff and students crossing the different departments. DARC has a strong research record in data assimilation theory and applications, collaborating with scientists in operational centres such as the Met Office and ECMWF, as well as with NCEO and other academic groups. Recently Prof Sarah Dance and Dr Amos Lawless have been appointed co-directors of the Data Assimilation Division of NCEO and co-directors of DARC, opening up the possibility to expand the data assimilation team at the University. As part of this we wish to appoint a new lecturer in data assimilation, to strengthen the DARC and build collaborations with the Met Office and ECMWF.

For further details about the research environment see:

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Department of Meteorology  

Data Assimilation Research Centre

National Centre for Earth Observation  ​​​​​​​

ECMWF strategy

Met Office Strategy

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Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:

Co-director of DARC

Contact role:

Co-director of DARC

Contact name:

Dr Amos Lawless

Contact name:

Prof Sarah Dance

Contact phone:

0118 3785018

Contact phone:

0118 3786452

Contact email:

Contact email:

Interview date: 06/07/2022​​​​​​​

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route.  Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS.  There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

​​​​​The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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