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[Met-jobs] PhD position at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading

From Christine Chiu <>
Cc Jui-Yuan Chiu <>
Date Sat, 16 Jun 2012 14:05:06 +0100

PhD position at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading

Project title: Cloud-radiation parameterisations based on 3D radiative transfer and sensor synergy

Supervisors:  Dr Christine Chiu and Prof Robin Hogan, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, UK

Deadline for applications:  Consideration of application will begin 1st July and will continue until the position is filled.

Project Descriptions:  The response of clouds to climate change is one of the major sources of uncertainty in climate prediction. This project aims to improve cloud-radiation parameterisations in climate models, which currently do not treat the effect of the 3-D nature of clouds on solar and infrared fluxes.  The student will put the 3D structures of natural clouds into a detailed 3D radiative transfer model, using scanning cloud radar measurements at the Jülich Observatory for Cloud Evolution (JOYCE). Once the 3D cloud effects at the field site are understood, the student will work on improving radiation calculations in current climate models, building on recent work at Reading to devise a new scheme for incorporating 3D effects into the 1D radiation scheme used by the UK Met Office.  Finally, the global effect of 3D radiative transport and its implication on climate change prediction will be investigated.  More details can be found here.

Finances:  The studentship, supported by the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network ITARS project, offers a highly competitive gross monthly allowance ranging from €2679 to €5012.  Non-EU students would need to pay the difference between EU and non-EU fees.

How to apply:  Full funding available to students who not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.  This project would be suitable for students with a degree in atmospheric science, physics, engineering, mathematics or a closely related physical or environmental science.  Interested applicants must apply to BOTH the University of Reading ( AND directly to the ITARS project.

Dr Christine Chiu		       Tel: +44 0118 378 5574
Room 1U03		               Email:
Department of Meteorology     Web:	   
University of Reading		
PO Box 243
Reading, RG6 6BB, UK

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