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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Research Position for Modeling of Thunderstorm Electrification (University of Hawaii)

From Vaughan Phillips <>
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Date Fri, 23 Sep 2011 22:20:47 +0100

We invite applications for a post-doctoral research associate at the Hawaiian 
Institute of Geophysics (HIG) in the University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA. The 
project is being organised jointly with the School of Earth and Environment at 
University of Leeds, UK. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to 
study lightning’s environmental dependencies with a state-of-the-art model of 
the aerosol-cloud interaction. The main goal of the project is to understand 
the influence from diverse environmental factors, such as instability and 
aerosol loadings, on the lightning of a cumulonimbus cloud. This will lead to 
better parameterizations of lightning, which will allow lightning observations 
to be used for more precise validation of the deep convection predicted by 
global models.

The appointment will be for one year, if performance is adequate. The position 
may be extended for longer, depending on availability of funds and performance. 
Scientists with a strong background in atmospheric modeling and in either 
mesoscale meteorology or cloud physics are encouraged to apply. Candidates must 
have a PhD in meteorology or a related field (e.g. physics, atmospheric 
science) with modeling and programming experience. Applicants may have any 
nationality. The stipend will be between $55,000 and $60,000 for the year, 
depending on experience.

Enquiries may be made to Dr Barry Lienert ( at HIG in 
University of Hawaii or to Dr Vaughan Phillips at University of Leeds 

To apply, please send a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to: Dr 
Vaughan Phillips, Lecturer, School of Earth and Environment, University of 
Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom (email:; Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6429). Specify contact details of 3 
referees who can provide letters of support for the application. Evaluation of 
candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position is 

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