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Research Fellow in Land-Atmosphere Interactions

School of Earth and Environment, Faculty of Environment 

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in atmospheric science? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities? 

This project will improve our understanding of land-atmosphere interactions, improving prediction of seasonal precipitation and how this is modulated by changes to the land-surface, with implications for predictions across all time scales.   

You will improve our understanding of land-atmosphere interactions in the tropics by assembling and synthesising data on the land surface and land-atmosphere interactions and develop new metrics to evaluate modelled representation of the land surface and land-atmosphere coupling. You will use these metrics to evaluate simulated land-atmosphere interactions over forested regions of Brazil, an important area of land-atmosphere coupling, with significant ongoing changes in land-use. The tools you will develop will be added to community-wide evaluation toolkits for Earth System Models, which will increase the visibility and impact of your work. 

The project is led by Professor Dominick Spracklen, in collaboration with Dr Luis Garcia-Carreras, Dr John Marsham, Dr Wolfgang Buermann and Professor Manuel Gloor. It is funded through the Climate Science for Service Partnership Brazil, part of the Newton Fund. The project will offer you the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in Brazil and at the UK Met Office

You will have a relevant PhD, or be close to completion, with expertise in a relevant area of atmospheric science or a related physical science. You will work in a large, vibrant and internationally recognised research team, alongside others working on related projects, and as such you will need excellent communication skills. You will also have a commitment to publishing original results at an international level.

Salary: Grade 7 (£32,004 – £38,183 p.a.)

Please note that due to funding limitations an appointment will not be made above £34,956 p.a.

Reference: ENVEE1148

Closing date: 26 March 

For further information and to apply for this post:

https://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=ENVEE1148


Research Fellow in Dynamical Meteorology

School of Earth and Environment, Faculty of Environment 

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?  Do you have a background in dynamical meteorology?  Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities? 

Tropical cyclones (TCs) that make landfall are one of the most costly and deadly atmospheric phenomena due to their destructive winds, heavy precipitation and effects on the sea, such as storm surges. While TC track forecasting has improved greatly over the last decades, forecasting the intensity of TCs remains very much a challenge. The project will focus on understanding the inner core processes in TCs that are related to rapid intensification and evaluating the representation of these processes in the Met Office Unified Model (MetUM). 

You will conduct a detailed analysis of inner core processes using observations and perform a systematic evaluation of processes related to rapid intensification in global and high-resolution ensemble weather forecasts. In collaboration with the UK Met Office you will play a significant role in building the UK’s capability to perform ‘convection-permitting’ ensemble forecasts in the tropics. 

The position is part of the Newton Fund Weather and Climate Science for Services Partnership Programme (WCSSP South East Asia) project. You will work closely with project partners at the UK Met Office, in the Philippines and at partner universities in Germany and Australia. You will have the opportunity to attend project meetings in these locations. 

You will have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in a quantitative physical science, such as Physics, Applied Mathematics or Meteorology, and have experience in the use of large observational and/or numerical model datasets. You will be experienced in programming on a Unix/Linux operating system and have excellent communication skills.

Salary: Grade 7 (£32,004 – £38,183 p.a.)

Reference: ENVEE1143

Closing date: 19 March 2017

Fixed term for 24 months 

For further information please contact: 

Dr Juliane Schwendike, Lecturer in Meteorology

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1054

Email: J.Schwendike(at)leeds.ac.uk

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Research Fellow in Arctic Ocean Geochemistry

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?  Do you have a background in marine or sediment geochemistry?  Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

You will be a key member of the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) new project "The Changing Arctic Ocean Seafloor (ChAOS)".  Working in the field of inorganic geochemistry you will embark on up to three shipboard expeditions to the Barents Sea, undertake sediment and pore water sampling, and carry out the subsequent analysis and data publication.  You will also support the project leader Dr Christian März in the administration of ChAOS.

Working in collaboration with scientists at numerous UK and international research institutes you will aim to understand how change in the physical environment, ice and ocean, will affect the large-scale ecosystem structure and biogeochemical functioning of the Arctic Ocean, the potential major impacts and provide projections for future ecosystem services.

You will have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in the field of Earth, Environmental or Marine Sciences and have experience of working in a (geo)chemical laboratory.  You will also have experience of publishing scientific results and be willing to participate in sea-going expeditions. You may also have experience of Arctic Ocean research and sediment and pore water sampling and analysis.

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

Dr Christian Maerz, Associate Professor in Biogeochemistry

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1504, email: c.maerz(at)leeds.ac.uk

Grade: Grade 7 

Salary: £32,004 to £38,183 p.a. 

Due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that we will make an appointment above salary spine point 33, £34,956.

Contract Type: Fixed Term (42 months (due to external funding))

Closing Date: Wednesday 08 March 2017

Reference: ENVEE1142

Downloads: Candidate Brief