We are seeking to employ a talented and creative researcher to study precipitation over China as represented by a unique set of global, high-resolution, and convective-scale climate model simulations. Assessing and understanding the ability of climate models to represent rainfall is fundamentally important for predicting and managing hydrometeorological hazards in China, home to more than a billion people.

You will join the COSMIC (Convective-Scale Modelling In China – forcings, variability, and upscale effects) project funded under the Met Office CSSP China programme and also work with COSMIC project partners at the Institute of Plateau Meteorology (Chengdu, China) and at the Met Office (Exeter, UK).

You will be using reanalysis and observational data to evaluate simulated mean precipitation over China and its diurnal cycle, the representation of orographic precipitation, and of drivers of intraseasonal precipitation variability. You will also follow-on from initial work of the COSMIC Principal Investigator and develop a tool for spatial aggregation over a hierarchy of Chinese river basins and evaluate simulated precipitation at these basin scales.

You will have:

  • A PhD (or shortly expected to achieve) or equivalent in physical or mathematical sciences.
  • An understanding of physical processes relating to weather & climate.
  • Experience of analysing output of weather or climate models.
  • Good programming skills in Python or another appropriate data processing and visualisation language.

Location: NCAS, University of Reading

Salary: £30,395 - £39,609 per annum

Hours: Full Time

Contract type: Fixed term contract

Closing date: 15th April 2019

Informal Contact Details
Contact role:
 Principal Investigator
Contact name: Dr Reinhard Schiemann
Contact phone: ++44(0)118 378 5215
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Alternative Informal Contact Details
Contact role:
 Co-Investigator
Contact name: Dr Andy Turner
Contact phone: ++44(0)118 378 6019
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Interview date to be confirmed.

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