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Research Scientist in Climate Change, Storm Risk and Finance
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF36425

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 05/09/2021

Job live date: 06/08/2021

Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 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 28 months

We are seeking to employ a talented researcher to understand and assess the impacts of storm risk and climate change on financial institutions. The position is part of the new Centre for Greening Finance and Investment (CGFI, established to accelerate the adoption and use of climate and environmental data and analytics by financial institutions internationally. The post holder will work on one of the CGFI Flagship projects to develop a model to assess wind and flood risk to European property for the finance sector. The post holder will primarily develop a model for wind risk but will work closely with flood risk modellers at the University of Bristol. Later in the project, the post holder will also assess correlated wind-flood risk and the impact of climate change on future risk.

You will have (or shortly be expected to have):

-        A PhD or equivalent in physical or mathematical sciences

-        Experience of analysing large datasets

-        Strong scientific computing skills

-        A desire to work closely with the financial sector

Department of Meteorology, University of Reading

The Department of Meteorology at 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 around 70 PhD students. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 86% of our research was graded as world class or internationally excellent and were ranked third in the country in the "Earth Systems and Environmental Science" category for Research Power. The Department hosts scientists from the Met Office, the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), including its Computational Modelling Services (CMS) group, and part of the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM).

Informal contact details

Contact role:    Principal Investigator

Contact name:  Prof Len Shaffrey

Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 5193

Contact email:

Interview date to be confirmed.

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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