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[Met-jobs] [POSTDOCTORAL JOB] Willis Research Fellow in Cyclone Risk Modelling at U. of Exeter

From David Stephenson <>
Date Tue, 21 Feb 2012 13:19:52 +0000

Willis Research Fellow in Cyclone Risk Modelling at the University of Exeter
Salary:                  £31,798 per annum
Location:              Exeter Climate Systems research centre, Mathematics Research Institute, U. of Exeter
Job reference:     R11024

We seek to appoint an outstanding researcher to develop and apply statistical/mathematical methods for quantifying storm risk that are relevant to the insurance sector. This fellowship is available from 1 June 2012 on a 3-year fixed term basis.

This fellowship provides an excellent opportunity to develop an academic career at the interface of mathematical and climate science that has real impact for the global insurance sector. The fellow will work with the storm risk team in Exeter Climate Systems ( to develop and apply new methods for quantifying aggregate losses due to extra-tropical and tropical cyclones. Current areas of interest include modelling dependency between cyclone intensity and rates, improved methods for implementing clustering of storms, multivariate definition and dependency in extreme extra-tropical cyclones, and the calibration of cyclone extremes produced by climate model simulations.

The fellow will have the unique opportunity to collaborate strongly with Willis in the City of London and Willis Research Network (WRN) partners such as the Met Office, NCAR, and the Universities of Reading and Princeton. WRN is the world's largest partnership between academia and the insurance industry, which provides a unique open forum for the advancement of the science of societal-relevant natural catastrophes (

Applicants must have a PhD in Statistics, Mathematics or Physics or related discipline. Experience of statistical modelling of complex datasets, excellent cross-disciplinary communication skills, and computer programming skills (e.g. in R) are essential. Some knowledge of dynamical meteorology and/or climate science would also be desirable. Successful candidates will have demonstrated the ability to carry out creative, innovative, independent research, and the ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.
For informal enquiries contact Professor David Stephenson (

If you meet the essential criteria and wish to apply, please send your CV, covering letter and the details of three referees to Linda McIlwraith ( quoting the reference number R11024/P42286 in any correspondence. The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive About Disabled People': if you have a disability, you should mention this in your application. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

Shortlisted applicants are expected to be interviewed in the first week of May 2012.

Date posted     21/02/2012
Application closing date     12/04/2012

    Professor David B. Stephenson
    Director of Exeter Climate Systems,
    University of Exeter, 
    College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences,
    Harrison Building, North Park Road, Exeter EX4 4QF, UK

    Tel: +44 (0) 1392 269275   Fax: +44 (0) 1392 217965

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