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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in urban climate modelling
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF23874

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 20/08/2018

Job live date: 20/07/2018

Salary: £29,799 to £32,548 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of the Built Environment

Division: Construction Management & Engineering

Hours Per Week:: 1.00 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-time,Fixed-term

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Postdoctoral researcher with expertise in multi-scale urban climate modelling to join our NERC-funded research project COSMA to understand the overheating risk and heatwaves in South Asian counties using Sri Lanka as a case study.  The main goal of the work will be to undertake multi-scale climate modeling (urban and building scales) and overheating risk mapping. The post will be based in the School of the Built Environment, but working closely with Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK, and will involve working overseas Co-Is and partners.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Contribute to the modelling, evaluation, application and analysis of urban atmosphere exchanges (e.g. sensible heat, latent heat flux and air temperature, thermal comfort, overheating risk) using urban land surface models (e.g. SUEWS, JULES/MORUSES, SLUCM, BEP/BEM, etc) offline and online.
  • Conduct the multi-scale urban climate modeling combining urban climate model with building physics models such as Energy+/IES, etc
  • Develop GIS overheating risk/mitigation potential maps to be used by local government and professional bodies
  • Organize stakeholder workshops to engage local partners
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with project partners to facilitate cross disciplinary research with the international and interdisciplinary partners
  • Lead/participate literature reviews
  • Prepare papers and reports to achieve milestones and deliverables (journal articles, conference presentations, materials for workshops etc), often with tight deadlines in collaboration with project partners


You will have:

  • PhD in a relevant discipline (meteorology, architectural engineering, building service engineering, building physics, HVAC, physical geography, etc)
  • Advanced knowledge on urban meteorology/ building-urban physics
  • Excellent programming skills in Python, R, MATLAB, and/or Fortran
  • Excellent experience with running WRF and/or the UM for urban climate modeling
  • Experience of using building energy simulation models
  • Relevant experience on Data processing of observational or modelled data sets
  • Preparation/publication of peer reviewed journal papers


Informal contact details

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role:


Contact role:


Contact name:

Dr Zhiwen Luo

Contact name:

Prof Sue Grimmond

Contact phone:

+44 (0)1183785219


Contact phone:

+44 (0)1183786248

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Interview date to be confirmed

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  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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