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[Met-jobs] PDRA in geo-engineering at Leeds

From Piers Forster <>
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Cc Rosaleen McDonnell <>
Date Tue, 1 Feb 2011 11:58:45 +0000

Research Fellowship in Climate Modelling of Geo-engineering Proposals (Full 
time, fixed term for 36 months)
Project Title: Integrated Assessment of Geo-engineering Proposals (IAGP)

This Research Fellowship is part of a four year Engineering and Physical 
Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council 
(NERC) funded project. "Integrated Assessment of Geo-engineering Proposals" is 
led by the University of Leeds and involves five other universities and the Met 
Office Hadley Centre, working together to develop a framework for evaluating 
new geo-engineering technologies. Topics being addressed include combining 
different technologies to maximise mitigation benefits and minimise risks, and 
control strategies for geo-engineering schemes (including 'turning off' quickly 
if needed). Part of the programme is dedicated to researching the views of the 
public and how they should be considered in policy formation.

You will perform a key evaluation of physical science aspects for the project. 
Specifically you will run the UK Met Office Unified climate Model (HadGEM-UKCA) 
climate models to evaluate the effectiveness and side effects of 
geo-engineering options, collaborating with the UK Met Office, and other 
partners. You will receive broad training in atmospheric sciences, presentation 
and scientific writing skills. You will also work as part of a national 
interdisciplinary team of enthusiastic scientists evaluating the societal and 
technological challenges of geo-engineering and collaborate internationally, 
giving opportunities to travel to the US and Europe.

You will have, or be close to completing a PhD and have a strong record of 
research in atmospheric numerical modelling. You will have experience of 
Fortran, IDL, and shell scripts for Unix platforms and supercomputers. Ideally 
you will also have experience of running the UK Unified Model. You will have 
proven publication skills, good communication skills, an interest in 
interdisciplinary research and the ability to work as part of a team. You will 
be expected to contribute to ongoing research of the physical climate change 
group and the wider IAGP project. You will also be expected to publish research 
papers, and to present your research at national and international meetings.

University Grade 7 (£29,853 - £35,646 p.a.)
Please note that it is likely that the appointment will be made at £29,853p.a. 
since there are funding limitations which dictate the starting level at which 
the appointment can be made.

Informal enquiries to Professor Piers Forster, tel +44 (0)113 343 6476, email

To download an application form and job details please visit

Alternatively these may be obtained from Mrs Patricia Shepherd, email or by post to Mrs P Shepherd School of Earth and 
Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, tel + 44 (0)113 343 5201.

Job ref 315278 Closing date 7 March 2011

Interviews will take place on 17 March 2011. Telephone interviews can be 
arranged for international candidates if required, or in exceptional 
circumstances for other candidates.

Piers Forster ( 
Room 8.108 Earth and Environment
T +44 113 343 6476; F +44 113 343 6716; E 
School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK

Administrator, Ros McDonnell,
Tel: 0113 343 5245 (Mon and Thurs) Tel: 01663 747 129 (Tues and Weds am)

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