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Do you have a track record in scientific instrument and related software development? Do you want to be part of the NCAS-AMF team helping to facilitate and support the UK atmospheric research community through the provision of strategically located observatories, laboratories, and cutting edge instrumentation?

Location: Leeds

Faculty: Environment

School: Earth & Environment

Grade: 7

Salary: £32,548 to £38,833 p.a.

Post type: Full time

Closing date: Friday 20th October 2017

Interview date: Friday 3rd November 2017

More information and to apply

As an Instrument Scientist/Engineer, you will be responsible for the deployment, maintenance and development of NCAS-AMF atmospheric observing systems which are housed at the University of Leeds, including the Doppler Aerosol Lidar. You will also provide support for the Mobile X-Band Radar and Mobile Cloud Radar based at Chilbolton, and the Mobile Radar Wind Profiler and Ozone Lidar based at the University of Manchester. In addition, you will participate in the delivery of the NCAS Atmospheric Measurement School.

You will be based within the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, and as part of NCAS you will be joining a vibrant and enthusiastic community located in many UK universities including Manchester, Leeds, York, Cambridge, Reading and UEA. The role will require working in the field as well as extensive travel both nationally and internationally, with extended periods spent overseas.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Barbara Brooks, Head of the Atmospheric Measurement Facility

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 3574, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you a highly motivated individual with a background in computer science, physical science or engineering? Do you want to be part of an exciting and internationally-leading Facility? Are you ready to take on the challenge of managing FAAM’s data products in support of atmospheric measurement programmes?

Location: Cranfield

Faculty: Environment

School: Earth & Environment

Category: Research

Grade: 7

Salary: £32,548 to £38,833 p.a.

Post type: Full time

Closing date: Tuesday 17th October 2017

Interview date: Friday 27th October 2017

More information and to apply

As a part of the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurement's (FAAM) multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, aircraft operators and logistical support you will be responsible for managing the delivery of aircraft data: processing and quality controlling the raw data and delivering the defined and documented data products to users. You will take the lead in developing FAAM’s data infrastructure, working with colleagues in the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the Met Office to ensure consistent, up-to-date data standards. You will also be expected to support data users accessing FAAM data products as well as operate airborne research instruments for worldwide deployment when required.

You will have a higher degree qualification or equivalent work experience in computer science, physical science or an engineering discipline and will work in the laboratory, on the atmospheric research aircraft and in the field from FAAM’s base at Cranfield University. This post will be employed by the University of Leeds, however it is entirely based on the campus at Cranfield University.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Alan Woolley, Head of FAAM
Tel: +44 (0)1234 754533, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or Jamie Trembath, Instrument Team Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1234 754520, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you a motivated and ambitious atmospheric scientist? Do you have experience in the analysis of data from weather radars and proven skills in numerical analysis and computer programming? Do you have experience of the statistical techniques which underpin the principles of weather forecast evaluation?

Location: Leeds

Faculty: Environment

School: Earth & Environment

Grade: 7

Salary: £32,548 to £38,833 p.a.

Post type: full time

Contract type: Fixed term (36 months)

Closing date: Tuesday 17th October 2017

Interview date: Friday 3rd November 

More information and to apply

The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) Atmospheric Physics programme and the University of Leeds operate and investigate observations from several state-of-the-art polarimetric Doppler weather radars as part NCAS’s responsibility to provide National Capability in observing atmospheric phenomenon.

Your research will use polarimetric radar observations to develop algorithms for quantitative precipitation estimation, hydrometeor classification, and microphysical retrievals, and utilize polarimetric radar observations for the improvement of Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) model performance. This will be done with the aim of increasing the reliability of the predictions of high-impact weather rainfall (both winter-time and convective) events. Following the NCAS Weather Radar Strategy, you will use world-leading observations and numerical models to:
• Help establish and rigorously validate a state-of-the-art multi-frequency wintertime hydrometeor classification algorithm (HCA) for UK-based research weather radars that can be used to help understand the evolution of populations of hydrometeors;
• Develop and improve algorithms used to derive quantitative precipitation estimates (QPEs) from UK-based radars so that the impact of precipitation events may be assessed more accurately;
• Oversee, coordinate and document the implementation of a fully polarimetric radar forward operator in locally utilised NWP models at X-, S-, and C-bands to help improve processed-based model comparisons to radar observations.

You will work between radar scientists and cloud modelers and capitalize on the benefits of international collaboration. You will also be involved with the continual development and improvement of the NCAS radar facilities as a whole (including accelerating time to science by increasing efficiency of and the automation of data analysis). You will support the NCAS radar programme by improving the overall technical and scientific performance analysis infrastructure, and data management. As part of this work, you will also be involved with ongoing field campaigns, the development of new projects and grants as opportunities arise.

NCAS is actively engaged in the evaluation of weather forecasts, and your role will include statistical analysis of observations and forecast predictions in order to objectively evaluate forecast accuracy and provide pointers towards future forecast improvements.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Ryan Neely, Lecturer in Observational Atmospheric Science

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6417, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you a project manager with significant experience of planning and delivering complex multi-partner projects? Do you thrive on organising inputs from international partners and coordinating the work of colleagues? Are you passionate about playing a leading role in the successful delivery of this Global Challenges Research Fund programme of international development research?

Location: University of Leeds

Faculty: Environment

School: Earth & Environment

Category: Professorial & Managerial

Grade: 8

Salary: £39,992 to £47,722

Post Type: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term (4 years due to external funding)

Closing Date: Monday 2nd October 2017

Reference: ENVEE1193

Futher information and to apply

As the Programme Manager (PM) for Global Challenges Research Fund African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (GCRF African-SWIFT) you will be responsible for leading and overseeing all aspects of the management and successful delivery of the programme. The GCRF African-SWIFT project is a £7.8 million programme of research and capability building funded by Research Councils UK that seeks to develop sustainable African weather forecasting capability to enhance the livelihood of African populations and improve the economies of their countries. By leading a team of managers and administrators, and coordinating researchers distributed among 16 partners across UK, Niger, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, you will ensure the delivery of all African-SWIFT activities and outputs, policy engagement and research uptake. You will be responsible for financial and personnel management and developing and maintaining effective relationships with funders and collaborative research partners.

You will work closely with the Principal Investigator (PI), Lead Scientist and African Science Programme Director (SPD) on the strategic leadership of the programme. You will also contribute to the intellectual leadership and external representation of GCRF African-SWIFT. If you thrive on managing complex programmes, organising inputs from several international partners and coordinating the work of the PIs, managers and administrators, this is an exciting opportunity for you to make a real difference.

You will have proven management experience including planning and delivering complex multi-partner projects and an understanding of the challenges in managing a developing-world collaborative programme.  You will also have excellent organisational and interpersonal skills with the ability to build effective working relationships with different stakeholders.  You will be willing to travel frequently to attend meetings in Africa and elsewhere.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Doug Parker, GCRF African-SWIFT Lead Scientist

Tel: +44(0) 113 343 6739, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.