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[Met-jobs] Postdoc Oxford: dust emission modelling

From Richard Washington <richard.washington@ouce.ox.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Thu, 17 Feb 2011 18:49:38 +0000

School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE)
Post Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA): Modelling Dust Emission
Grade 7.1 - 7.5 : £29,099 - £32,751pa 

PDRA on NERC Grant: Dust Observations for Models (DO4Models).
Full-time post SoGE, University of Oxford, reporting to Dr Richard Washington. 
Post starts 1 June 2011, or as soon as possible thereafter. Post length is 33 
months.

Do4Models is a large NERC project involving The Met Office, Imperial College 
London, Sheffield University and the University of Cape Town. Oxford is the 
lead institute. Do4Models is a 39 month project which aims to provide relevant 
field data for the construction of a new dust emission scheme for climate 
models. Fieldwork is focussed on emissive dust sites in southern Africa 
(Botswana, Namibia, South Africa). This is an exciting opportunity to work on a 
unique project that combines field observations with state-of-the-art numerical 
modelling. 

Dust is an important part of the Earth's land-atmosphere-ocean-biosphere 
system. To predict future weather and climate it is crucial that numerical 
models represent the relationships important to the emission, transport and 
deposition of dust. We propose to develop the first model dust emission scheme 
which is based on purpose-built observed data sets that have been deliberately 
constructed to exactly match the scale of regional climate models.
Our field observations will be a significant step towards a new generation of 
model schemes. 
Further information: 
http://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/research/climate/projects/do4models.html

Post holder responsibilities
The post holder will be responsible for developing a new dust emission scheme 
based on purpose-built observed data sets. Two stages are proposed: development 
of a stand-alone box model and then development of the Met Office regional 
model scheme, in conjunction with scientists at the Met Office. The post holder 
will be required to write high quality journal articles, to present their 
research at conferences and workshops and assist in the running and 
administration of the project.

Post holder capabilities
The post holder will be expected to be thoroughly familiar with numerical 
modelling and have a strong research track record. The post holder will need to 
be highly competent in writing computer model code. 
For further information please see our website 
http://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/news/jobs/ or contact the HR Office on Tel. +44 1865 
285082. Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Richard Washington 
(richard.washington@ouce.ox.ac.uk). The closing date for applications is noon 
27 April 2011, with interviews conducted in May 2011.


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