February 2011
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[Met-jobs] Mathematical modelling of weather-related natural catastrophes (at RMS in London)

From Steve Jewson <>
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Date Tue, 1 Feb 2011 16:14:24 +0000



RMS is seeking to hire a number of meteorologists, climate modellers, hydrologists, applied mathematicians or similar, at MSc level or above, to work in flood and storm surge modelling in London. Please see below for further details.


Background to RMS


RMS is the world's leading organisation dedicated to the modelling and provision of information related to catastrophic risks.  RMS's models and consulting services are used by hundreds of insurance and reinsurance companies, hedge funds, corporations and governments to assess a wide-range of natural and man-made perils such as earthquake, flood, windstorm, terrorism, and disease pandemic.

Background to the Flood and Surge Modelling Teams at RMS

The Flood and Surge Teams are a part of the Model Development group at RMS London.  This group develops models for weather-related natural catastrophes, including floods, storm surge, tropical storms, extratropical storms and convective storms.  It consists of approximately 35 scientists with backgrounds in mathematics, meteorology, hydrology, climatology, statistics and engineering. The group has a dynamic working environment with strong scientific and technological ethos. The
Flood Team develops high-resolution large-scale flood models which are used to assess freshwater flood risk for the insurance industry, while the Surge Team develops similar models related to storm surge. The modelling work carried out by the flood and storm surge teams encompasses all steps from hazard to financial loss modelling.  


Objectives of these roles

The new hires will assist in the further development of components of RMS flood and surge models (e.g. for flood: large scale modelling of stochastic rainfall processes, rainfall-runoff processes and defence failure mechanisms, and for surge: modelling of offshore and onshore storm surge and defence failure), and the quality-checking of intermediate results (e.g., calibration results) and final model output (e.g., flood footprints, flood losses and their spatial patterns).
Key Duties for the Flood Modelling Position


The further refinement of hydrological and hydraulic modules by researching and implementing novel scientific techniques.

Assisting in generating accurate and realistic model forcings such as stochastic rainfall and snowfall for various flood projects.

Checking of model results (both hazard and loss data) by comparison to existing flood maps and loss benchmarks.

Research into consistency between observed and modeled spatial patterns.


Key Duties for the Surge Modelling Positions


The development of high resolution coastal surge and waves simulations for inland inundation modeling.

The analysis of observations for the calibration and validation of inundation and defence failure.




A background in hydrology, meteorology, coastal oceanography, or similar, at MSc or above.

An analytical mindset and strong programming skills (e.g., Fortran, Python, R, scripting languages).

Experience of working on large data sets in a Linux/Unix environment.

Experience of and ability to work as part of a team.


To submit an application, please email a CV and covering letter to with the title '2011 flood and surge posts'.


Many thanks



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