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Vacancy Reference: SF14088

Closing Date: 31st August 2016

Salary: £28,982 - £37,768

Start date: As soon as possible

Interview date: TBC

The postholder will support the University of Reading Land Surface Processes programme in all aspects of the modelling workflow, improving the overall technical and scientific performance of land surface models such as JULES and C-Tessel, including portability, scalability, data handling and analysis, as well as the associated workflow infrastructure. This activity is part of the University's Environment Theme and relates to a number of research divisions within this theme (e.g. Climate-, Weather-, Environmental Science and Earth Observation and Space Divisions), as well as a number of cross-cutting research Institutes (Walker Institute) centres (Centre for Past Climate Change; Soil Research Centre) and clusters (LandSurfaceProcesses@Reading, Water@Reading). Staff working in this area utilise and develop world leading numerical models of the land surface, using advanced workstations, cloud computing, as well as the world's most powerful supercomputers, and currently engage internationally in the co-design of modelling systems that span conceptual models all the way to complex numerical models. Further particulars are available on request.

Location:  University of LeedsLeeds - Main Campus

Grade:  Grade 7 

Salary:  £31,656 to £37,768 per annum 

Contract Type:  Fixed Term (12 Months)

Closing Date:  Sunday 07 August 2016

Interview Date:  Friday 12 August 2016 

Reference:  ENVEE1126

This post is open to core NCAS funded members of staff at the time of application.

The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) research programmes make extensive use of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, which is developed and maintained by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in the USA. Much of this work is part of a cooperative agreement between NCAS and NCAR, under which NCAS also contributes to the ongoing WRF development.

The WISER (Weather climate change Impact Study at Extreme Resolution) is a joint NCAS-NCAR initiative to better understand the trends and variability in European climate arising from both natural variability and long term change. The WRF model has been run at very high resolution over western Europe, forced by both ERA-Interim reanalysis data and by CESM model simulations of future climate. An extremely large data set of WISER simulations has already been created. The main role of the Research Scientist will be to analyse and interpret this dataset in order to better understand the causes and drivers of European climate variability and change. NCAS will be continuing the WISER model simulations and there will be opportunities for the Research Scientist to become involved in planning future model runs and in developing new techniques for forcing the WRF model with observational data and for analysing the resultant data sets. The Research Scientist will work within a team, both carrying out research themselves and supporting others within and outside NCAS.

You will already have a PhD in climate science which involved substantial analysis of data from climate model simulations. You will have a strong background in mathematical and computational science. You will have proven skills in numerical modelling, numerical analysis, computer programming and will have experience of using the WRF model.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Alan Gadian, tel +44 (0) 113 343 7246, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Professor Stephen Mobbs, tel +44 (0) 113 343 5158, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 7 August 2016

Interviews are expected to be held on Friday 12 August 2016

Click here for further information and to apply.

“Urban Air Pollution in Indian and UK cities: Characterization and Prediction of Chemically Reactive Air Pollutants”

Venue: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India

Dates: 28 November 2016 – 1 December 2016

Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council and Royal Society of Chemistry, Researcher Links scheme are holding a four-day workshop on the above theme at IIT Delhi from 28 November 2016 to 1 December 2016. The workshop is being coordinated by IIT Delhi, India and University of Birmingham, and will have contributions from other leading researchers. Early Career Researchers from the UK and India are now invited to apply to attend this workshop. The shortlisting of the participants will be done as per the guidelines given in the application form, which can be found here.

All travel and accommodation expenses for the shortlisted participants will be highly subsidized by the Newton Researcher Links programme. The completed application form should be sent to the following on or before 15th August 2016.

For applicants in India: Prof Mukesh Khare, IIT Delhi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

For applicants in UK: Dr Francis Pope, UoB (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Self-nominations are invited for a workshop on air quality and climate change to explore the policy and evidence needs for research to inform action and deliver co-benefits. The workshop is being organised by the Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) forum, which brings together funding, policy and delivery partners to develop cross disciplinary research. It will take place on 21 September 2016 at Hilton Metropole, NEC.

The lead policy departments will outline the main policy challenges in this area that require long-term research (5 years or more). Breakout Groups will explore the resulting research needs. The focus will be on the risks and co-benefits of air quality and climate change policy and practice. Short to medium term implications of policy choices will be the major consideration, whilst still taking account of long-term risks of climate change on air quality.

The objectives of the workshop are the following:

  • Understand air quality and climate change policy objectives, and identify cross-disciplinary research challenges with clear linkages between the two.
  • Bring together researchers, policy makers, and other interested parties to form multidisciplinary teams to tackle joint research and policy problems.

The anticipated outcomes of the workshop are to:

  • Identify relevant communities to address proposed research challenges and start to formulate a timeline of interventions.
  • Following the workshop publish LWEC position statement on the outcomes.

If you are interested in taking part, cick here to apply. The deadline for applications is 5 August 2016.

As part of the registration process you will be invited to complete a brief survey to gather your initial thoughts; the survey responses will be used to shape the workshop sessions. Places are limited, so in the event of the workshop being oversubscribed, we will aim to achieve a balance of interests and affiliations by a sift process. Successful applicants will be informed on 12 August 2016.