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Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Dynamics of Arctic Cyclones
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF33529

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 14/10/2020

Job live date: 14/09/2020

Salary: £30,942 to £34,804 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 for up to 30 months

We seek a postdoctoral researcher to carry out research into the dynamics of Arctic cyclones, including exploration of the mechanisms for their development and the role of coupling with the underlying dynamic sea-ice distribution. The work will be part of the Arctic Summer-time Cyclones Project funded for 2.5 years by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

The project goal is to determine the role of sea-ice surface properties and boundary layer fluxes in Arctic cyclone dynamics and to characterize the interaction of Arctic cyclones with the summer-time Arctic environment, specifically their impact on low-level baroclinicity and rapid sea-ice changes. The project will be challenging, involving a combination of observational analysis, numerical modelling and development of theory in Arctic cyclone dynamics. You will participate in the field experiment led by the project team in summer 2021, centred on research aircraft flights from Svalbard flying over the Arctic sea ice edge, including a role in organising operations, forecasting and research flight planning. You will engage with scientists at project meetings, international conferences and with wider audiences as part of the outreach activity of the project.

The post will be based in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, one of the largest academic communities researching weather, climate and Earth observation sciences in the World. We cultivate an open, interactive and friendly working environment. We hold an Athena SWAN Silver award recognising our commitment to proactive gender-neutral employment practice, and we ensure strong support for those with disabilities and flexible working arrangements.

Essential skills and experience for the post:

•    A PhD or equivalent in mathematical or physical science, or should expect to shortly receive one.

•    Strong scientific analytical ability, creativity and self-motivation.

•    Knowledge of atmospheric science and fluid dynamics. Desirable to have expertise in areas including cyclone dynamics, Arctic weather or climate, boundary layers, surface exchange.

  • Strong skills in scientific programming (ability to write and adapt complex codes).

•    Good communication skills and the disposition to interact effectively with project members and collaborators. 

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Professor John Methven

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Professor Suzanne Gray

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+44 118 3786015

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Interviews will be held on 3 November 2020

Start date January 2021

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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