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[Met-jobs] Postdoc position in climate modelling and statistical downscaling

From Martin Widmann <>
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Date Wed, 1 Jun 2011 17:49:36 +0100

The University of Birmingham (UK) - School of Geography, Earth and 
Environmental Sciences is offering a position for a postdoctoral researcher in 
the area of climate modelling and statistical downscaling as part of the 
international project PLEIADES.

We seek a highly motivated researcher to improve our understanding of and our 
capability to predict regional changes in precipitation extremes. The 
researcher will adapt statistical downscaling models that have been developed 
by the project partners and that are based on modern multi-variate extreme 
value statistics for use with the ECHAM6 and HadCM3 atmospheric general 
circulation models. In a first step simulations will be undertaken in which the 
states in the atmospheric models are nudged to the ERA reanalysis to provide 
the basis for fitting the downscaling models. These will then be applied to 
existing ensemble simulations for the 21st century as well as to decadal 
predictions to provide improved scenarios for changes in extreme precipitation 
over Europe. The researcher will work with Dr. Martin Widmann and closely 
collaborate with the project partners Prof. Douglas Maraun and a second postdoc 
at IfM-Geomar at the University of Kiel, and Dr. Mathieu Vrac at the LSCE in 
Gif-Sur-Yvette near Paris. Longer stays at both institutes are an integral part 
of the project.

The successful candidate will have a first degree in meteorology, physics, 
mathematic, statistics or a similar field and a PhD related to climate 
modelling. Very good computing skills (Unix, Fortran, and preferably Matlab or 
R) and strong statistical and mathematical skills are essential.

The University of Birmingham is one of the leading, research-intensive UK 
universities and the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences has 
strong research activities in meteorology and climatology. For more information 
see and

The post is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and for a period of 30 months 
with a preferred start date of 1 September 2011. 

The starting salary is £27,428 a year, in a range up to £35,788 a year.

Please include a letter of motivation, your CV, and a list of publications as a 
single pdf with your application. Please do not hesitate to contact Martin 
Widmann ( for informal inquiries.

Closing date: 30 June 2011                              Reference: 47357

Interviews will be held on 7 July 2011

To download the details and submit an electronic application online visit: alternatively information can be obtained from 0121 415 

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