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[Met-jobs] PhD studentship at University of Leeds - modeling of clouds and aerosols

From Vaughan Phillips <>
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Date Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:41:26 +0100

PhD Research Project

Improvement of the Representation of the Cloud-Aerosol Interaction in 
Large-scale Models

The School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, UK, is seeking 
applications for a 3-year PhD studentship.

Entry requirements/necessary background: A BSc degree in physics, engineering 
or a related area is required, with an MSc degree giving an advantage.

Required skills: experience in using FORTRAN or C, and analysis packages such 
as MATLAB, is needed.  Fluency in maths and statistics is essential. Some 
knowledge of atmospheric science and general physics is needed.

Research topic:

Prediction of global climate change requires accurate representation of the 
linkage between aerosol particles and cloud properties. Particulate aerosol 
pollution increases the amount of sunlight reflected to space globally from 
clouds. It can alter the precipitation production of clouds and their latent 
heating. Continental aerosols have been shown to modify the intensity of severe 
weather, such as hurricanes and other tropical cyclones.

In this project, a cascade of cloud models will be applied to improve the 
representation of clouds and their microphysics in climate models. Clouds’ 
dependencies on aerosol conditions of chemistry and loading will be treated.  
Focus will be given to aerosol influences on glaciated clouds.

The project will enable better prediction of climate change and aspects of 
severe weather such as hail, intense precipitation, lightning and hurricane 

Funding: The student will receive a stipend approximately at the level of 
similar funding by UK research councils (13590 GBP per year) and will not pay 
any tuition fees.

More information and how to apply is given at:

Enquiries about the post may be made by contacting:

Dr Vaughan Phillips,

School of Earth and Environment,

University of Leeds,

Woodhouse Lane,

Leeds, LS2 9JT,

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 113 343 6429


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