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PDRA in numerical methods for data assimilation with big data
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF29526

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 04/09/2019

Job live date: 30/07/2019

Salary: £30,395 to £38,460 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Mathematical Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Meteorology

Hours per week: 1.00 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-time,Fixed-term up to 20 months

The Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading invites applications for a postdoctoral research position, funded by the EPSRC project “Data Assimilation for the Resilient City” (DARE) – (  Data assimilation is an emerging mathematical technique for improving predictions from large and complex forecasting models, by combining uncertain model predictions with a diverse set of observational data in a dynamic feedback loop. The goal of the project is to use Data Assimilation tools and techniques to create a step-change in skill for numerical predictions of urban natural hazards. As we move towards the era of exascale computing, a key issue is the ability to process large volumes of uncertain observation data efficiently.  The research undertaken by the post holder will develop new methods initially in an idealized system, to underpin quantitative use of a diverse range of large observation datasets. 

You will have:
•    (or expect shortly to obtain) a PhD or equivalent experience, a quantitative physical science, engineering or mathematics. 
•    knowledge of numerical analysis
•    the ability to write and adapt computer programs
•    experience giving oral presentations and writing scientific papers


Informal contact details

Contact role:

DARE project PI

Contact name:

Prof Sarah L Dance

Contact phone:

+44(0)118 378 6452

Contact email:


Interviews will be held on 7 October 2019


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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