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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Urban Climate Modelling
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF36879 - R

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 07/11/2021

Job live date: 08/10/2021

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 48 months

Position available for an outstanding Postdoctoral researcher(s) with expertise in multi-scale urban climate modelling and/or data anaylsis to participate in the ERC-Synergy research project urbisphere as soon as possible. 

Position available for 1or 2 outstanding Postdoctoral researchers with expertise in multi-scale urban climate modelling and/or data analysis to participate in funded research projects including: ERC-Synergy urbisphere, NERC COSMA and Met Office projects. This is a full-time fixed term position for one person for a period up to 48 months or full time for two people for a period of up to 24 months each, with possibility for extension.

Research includes understanding the overheating risk and heatwaves in Colombo, Sri Lanka; improving land surface modelling, agent based modelling, UM modelling, flux analyses. Joint a dynamic group of researchers working together on urban atmosphere exchanges.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Conduct the urban climate modelling in cities (e.g. Colombo, London, Berlin, Paris) using urban land surface models (e.g. SUEWS, MORUSES) offline and online (e.g., WRF-SUEWS, UM, IFS).
  • Develop GIS overheating risk/mitigation potential maps (e.g. Colombo) to be used by local government and professional bodies
  • Contribute to the development of improvements to urban canopy model schemes considering momentum, radiation, anthropogenic heat, moisture and other scalars
  • Organize stakeholder workshops to engage local partners


​​​​​​​Interview date to be confirmed

Informal contact details

Contact role:


Contact name:

Prof Sue Grimmond

Contact phone:

+44 (0)1183786248

Contact email:

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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