School of Earth and Environment

Job Vacancies

Positions available in the School of Earth and Environment

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Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

Research Fellow in aerosol-climate modelling as part of the CRESCENDO EU project
Reference: ENVEE1124

Fixed Term for 30 Months

Job sharing arrangements will be considered

We seek an ambitious scientist with interests in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics to contribute to a programme of original research into the dynamics and parametrisation of moist convection in the atmosphere. The project aims to develop a new theoretical and conceptual understanding of convective cloud genesis, including the sub-cloud dynamics, and the dynamics of the growing updraught. To support this theoretical work you will conduct numerical modelling of convective clouds, studying the basic fluid dynamics of plumes, thermals, updraughts and downdraughts within storms, and investigating the interactions of these systems with the underlying surface and the larger-scale circulation. A statistical framework will be developed, to describe the cloud genesis in terms of stochastic functions which can be included in parametrisation schemes.

The project is funded as part of the NERC-Met Office “ParaCon” programme which will, over the next 5 years, deliver new convective parametrisation schemes to the UK Met Office. You will be part of a large collaborative research team at Leeds, including scientists in the School of Earth and Environment and the School of Mathematics, who have expertise in theory, observations and modelling of convective clouds. You will also collaborate closely with our partners at the Met Office, CNRM (Toulouse) and ICTP (Trieste), as well as other ParaCon partners at the Universities of Exeter, Reading and Cambridge.

You will be expected to contribute to the ongoing research in Atmospheric Science and Fluid Dynamics in the Schools. Your work will lead to significant publications in atmospheric and climate science and you will also present your research at national and international meetings.

You will have a PhD (or be close to submitting) in a quantitative physical science, such as Physics, Applied Mathematics or Meteorology. You will also have a strong interest in and some experience in aspects of Fluid Dynamics in addition to having experience of numerical modelling. You will have an excellent track record of publication in high-quality journals and excellent communication skills. Experience with programming on a linux or unix operating system is desirable.

The University of Leeds’ commitment to women in science has been recognised with a national accolade. The University has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the Faculty of Environment holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of our success in recruiting, retaining and developing/promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). We are proud of our commitment to equality and inclusiveness.

Salary: Grade 7 – £31,656 to £37,768

Closing Date: Sunday 14th August

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Doug Parker, tel +44 (0)113 343 6739/6461, email D.J.Parker(at)leeds.ac.uk.


Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

Research Fellow in the Dynamics and Parametrisation of Deep Convection
Reference: ENVEE1122

Fixed term for 30 months

Job sharing arrangements will be considered

This postdoctoral position is part of the EU Horizon2020 collaborative Project CRESCENDO (Coordinated Research in Earth Systems and Climate).

CRESCENDO brings together seven European Earth system modelling groups to improve the realism and reliability of future Earth system projections. The overarching goals of CRESCENDO are to improve the way that ESMs are evaluated, constrain key biogeochemical and aerosol feedbacks, quantify radiative forcings and generate an ensemble of Earth system projections for the coming century.

The objective of the project at Leeds is to improve the representation of natural aerosols in the UK Earth system model (UKESM), with particular emphasis on processes related to biogenic secondary organic aerosols, fire emissions and impacts, and the processes controlling the properties of aerosols in pristine pre-industrial-like environments. The research will involve developing the key model processes, evaluating the model against satellite and in situ observations, and testing the impact of these natural processes on historical and future climate.

The Leeds research project is led by Professor Ken Carslaw and Professor Dominick Spracklen. You will have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with scientists at the Met Office and across the CRESCENDO consortium.

You will have both a PhD (or be close to obtaining) in a relevant area of atmospheric modelling. You will have proven skills in numerical modelling in fortran and data visualisation software. Additionally you will be able to demonstrate commitment to publication of original results at an international level. Experience of using large atmospheric or climate models is desirable.

The University of Leeds’ commitment to women in science has been recognised with a national accolade. The University has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the Faculty of Environment holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of our success in recruiting, retaining and developing/promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). We are proud of our commitment to equality and inclusiveness.
The University also offers family friendly policies including generous maternity and paternity leave; full details of the policies can be found here: http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/policies.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Ken Carslaw, tel +44 (0)113 343 1597, email K.S.Carslaw(at)leeds.ac.uk.

Salary: Grade 7 - £31,656 to £37,768 per annum

Closing Date: Thursday 28 July 2016