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[Met-jobs] Postdoc Position at the Univ. of Birmingham (UK)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Tue, 14 Jun 2011 09:38:03 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

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

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 9000.

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