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Postdoctoral Researcher
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF29927

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 13/09/2019

Job live date: 06/08/2019

Salary: £30,395 to £39,609 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 18 months

Department of Meteorology, University of Reading
The Department of Meteorology, University of Reading is the largest of its kind in Europe with over 40 academic staff, 20 senior research staff and fellowship holders, around 90 postdocs and 70 PhD students. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 86% of its research was graded as world class or internationally excellent and it was ranked third in the country in the "Earth Systems and Environmental Science" category for Research Power. The Department hosts around 25 Met Office scientists, the Climate Division of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, as well as the directorate of NCAS Models and Data and part of the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling.

Towards a marginal Arctic sea ice cover

The strong decline of Arctic sea ice in recent decades is a conspicuous indicator of climate change,
that impacts the Arctic environment, the insurance, shipping and oil industries, local populations,
and remote weather. The reduced sea ice cover exposes greater areas of the ocean to the
atmosphere, and intensifies and prolongs air-ocean exchanges of heat, moisture, and momentum,
altering the circulation and properties of air, ocean, and ice. 

Our overall project hypothesis is that: as the ice cover becomes marginal, feedbacks between the
air, ice, and ocean will strengthen, which will substantially affect the circulation and properties of the
sea ice, upper ocean, and atmosphere. We speculate that a more faithful representation of marginal
sea ice processes in climate models will result in earlier climate projections of an ice-free Arctic.

This project will investigate processes controlling MIZ evolution using existing and new observations. The project will use models that include wave-ice interaction, ice breakup and melt, constrained and verified with observations, to explore feedbacks between the sea ice, ocean, and atmosphere with a series of reduced-complexity simulations. The project will quantify the impact of the emerging dominance of the MIZ on the Arctic physical climate.

This project unites leading researchers in sea ice, ocean, atmosphere, and climate science, and
builds upon NERC-supported expertise in theory, modelling, and satellite observation within the
Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, the National Oceanography Centre, the National Centre
for Atmospheric Science, and the Scottish Association for Marine Science.

In order to achieve the project objectives, we seek a numerical modeller. You will have:
•    Significant skills in numerical modelling of physical systems using complex computer codes
•    Ability to formulate, under guidance, new representation of physical processes in mathematical form
•    Ability to modify complex computer codes with technical and physical consistency
•    Ability to interpret model simulations using understanding of the physical systems and observations, and analyse implications
•    Ability to write viable scientific publications
•    PhD or equivalent in physical environmental science including at least one year of numerical modelling


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Principal Investigator

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Professor Danny Feltham

Contact name:

Nicholas Klingaman

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+44 0118 378 5094 

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+44 118 378 4652

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Interviews will be held on 30 September 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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