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Post-doctoral Research Assistant
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF16617

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 31/01/2017

Job live date: 01/12/2016

Salary: £29,301 to £38,183 per annum depending on experience

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Mathematical Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Meteorology

Hours per week: 1.00 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Fixed term

Adaptive Meshes for Global Atmospheric Modelling

A post-doctoral research assistant at the University of Reading is sought to work on mesh generation using optimal transport techniques and atmospheric modelling on r-adaptive meshes. This is part of the NERC funded project “Moving meshes for Global Atmospheric Modelling” joint with the University of Bath (Prof Chris Budd, Mathematics) and Imperial College London (Dr Colin Cotter, Mathematics). We are developing novel mathematical techniques involving optimal transport and solving partial differential equations using an advanced C++ library (OpenFOAM). The use of adaptive meshes could enable more accurate and efficient weather prediction models and predictions of the regional impacts of climate change.


Main duties and responsibilities

  • Develop and implement numerical techniques for generating adaptive meshes using optimal transport.
  • Develop and implement finite volume techniques for solving the equations of atmospheric motion on moving meshes, considering conservation properties and maintenance of atmospheric balances.
  • Preparing scientific papers for publication.
  • Attending national and international conferences to promote the work of the project.
  • Reading widely in the areas of numerical modelling, atmospheric dynamics, optimal transport and weather forecasting.
  • Interacting with colleagues at the University of Bath and Imperial to ensure that complementary work  is undertaken at the three universities working on the project.
  • Arranging project meetings.
  • Interacting with Met Office collaborators on the project.


Informal contact details

Contact role:

Lead investigator

Contact name:

Dr Hilary Weller

Contact phone:

0118 378 4274

Contact email:


Interviews will be held on the 3 March 2017

Expected start date 1 April 2017

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce and we welcome applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements which will be considered in line with business needs.


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