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Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF35162

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 11/05/2021

Job live date: 08/04/2021

Salary: £41,526 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Mathematical Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Meteorology

Hours per week: 1.00FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-time, Fixed-term up to 3 years

We are seeking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and independent Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work within the international project “Scale-aware sea-ice project – SASIP” ( funded and supported by the Schmidt Futures foundation (

SASIP aims at developing a truly innovative, scale-aware continuum sea ice model for climate research; one that faithfully represents sea ice dynamics and thermodynamics and that is physically sound, data-adaptive, highly parallelized and computationally efficient.

The postholder will work on Data Assimilation for Parameter Estimation: Sub-grid and Sea Ice–Ocean Coupling Parameterizations. The postholder will use and develop ensemble DA methods to optimize the continuum-scale parameterizations for the Maxwell-Elasto-Brittle (MEB) rheology and to equip SASIP with DA codes and expertise to perform parameter estimation and identification. The postholder will primarily study appropriate ensemble Kalman filter and smoother but will also consider hybrid DA and machine learning approaches.

This recruitment is one of the two concomitantly happening at University of Reading within SASIP, the other being for a PDRA working on DA for sea-ice model using discontinuous Galerkin methods. The two PDRAs will interact very closely and constitute the core of SASIP working group at University of Reading. See separate advert for the other PDRA position.

The post holder will be based at the Dept of Meteorology, University of Reading and will be part of the Data Assimilation Research Centre (DARC, enjoying an international, diverse and stimulating research environment. The postholder will be also affiliated at the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO, a distributed centre of over 100 scientists in the UK.

Candidates with a knowledge of, or possessing a PhD on, data assimilation and/or sea-ice physics and its numerical modelling will be given priority.  

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Executive Support Administrator

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Prof Alberto Carrassi

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Seema Mayor

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0118 378 7985

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0118 3783344

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Interviews will be held on 21 May 2021

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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