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Postdoctoral Researcher in Atmospheric Convection
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF31649

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 25/02/2020

Job live date: 27/01/2020

Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Mathematical Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Meteorology

Hours per week: 1.00 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-time, Fixed-term up to 2 years

A postdoctoral research scientist is sought to undertake exciting and innovative research into novel techniques for the simulation and parameterization of atmospheric convective clouds. This research will form a major component of the ParaCon programme with the aim of significantly improving the representation of convection across model scales from 1-100 km. The primary responsibility will be to develop, implement and test improved parametrizations of cloud condensation within higher-order turbulence-based parametrizations of unresolved flow. To do this you will use data from existing and, where required, new high-resolution reference simulations and theoretical ideas based on defined probability density functions. You will also work closely with others on the project (both in Reading and other institutions involved). Specifically, the work undertaken will need to take account of the results of those who are working on improved understanding and specification of turbulence length scales in convective clouds, and (separately but related) will need to combine with work by those developing new approaches to parametrization based upon mass-flux concepts to work towards a unified approach.

The post requires experience of programming for the analysis and, preferably, development, of complex numerical models. Experience related to fluid dynamics will be an advantage. The post-holder will be expected to work actively with the rest of the project team.

You will have:
•    a PhD in atmospheric science, engineering, physics or mathematics (or a closely related subject) or expect shortly to obtain this or equivalent research experience
•    strong data analysis and interpretation skills 
•    the ability to formulate and develop mathematical models, and to implement and critically assess these
•    experience using and, preferably, developing complex numerical models
•    good communication skills and the disposition to collaborate effectively with both internal and external project members


For more information on ParaCon see


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Contact role:

Line Manager

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Project PI

Contact name:

Peter Clark

Contact name:

Bob Plant

Contact phone:

+44(0) 118 378 7908

Contact phone:

+44(0) 118 378 5587

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Contact email:


Interview date to be confirmed

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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