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[Met-jobs] Research Fellow in Cloud and Climate Uncertainty Modelling

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:26:21 +0000

Research Fellow  in Cloud and Climate Uncertainty Modelling

University of Leeds, School of Earth and Environment
Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

Fixed term for 2 years

This post is part of a UK consortium funded by the Natural Environment Research 
Council to reduce the uncertainty in estimates of radiative forcing and climate 
feedbacks relating to aerosol and cloud processes. The Leeds contribution to 
the project will be to use new applications of uncertainty modelling to 
quantify the key uncertainties in cloud microphysical processes and climate 
effects. You will run cloud-resolving models and global climate models 
simulating the interaction of aerosols and clouds. New approaches using 
statistical emulators will be used to understand how uncertainties in numerous 
cloud processes impact  the cloud properties of relevance to climate.  You will 
closely collaborate with other project scientists carrying out laboratory and 
modelling studies.

The ACID-PRUF consortium involves nine UK universities (Manchester, Leeds, 
Bristol, Exeter, York, Leicester, Hertfordshire, Cambridge and Oxford) and the 
Met Office and brings together laboratory studies and modelling of clouds and 
climate processes on all scales. Other scientists involved in the project at 
Leeds are Prof Alan Blyth, Dr Steven Dobbie and Dr Ben Murray.

You will have a PhD and expertise either in a relevant area of atmospheric 
modelling or in uncertainty quantification in complex models. You will be able 
to demonstrate commitment to publication of original results at an 
international level.

University Grade 7 (£30,122 - 35,938 p.a.)

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Ken Carslaw, tel +44 (0)113 343 1597, 

Closing Date: 1 September 2012
For further details and to download an application form please …

Summary of Job Description

·         Application of cloud-resolving and global models to simulate the 
interaction of aerosols with clouds and quantify the radiative forcing
·         The design of ensembles of model experiments to enable the 
uncertainty in cloud radiative properties and its sources to be quantified
·         Application of statistical techniques to quantify the uncertainty in 
cloud radiative properties based on model results
·         Collaboration with project partners to help define model experiments 
and interpret the results and their relevance to the project’s aims
·         Publication of the results in high quality, peer reviewed journals or 
other appropriate outlets and presentation of results at national and 
international meetings

Aerosol and Cloud Research at Leeds

ICAS has an extensive programme of research in global aerosol and 
aerosol-climate modelling, led by Prof Ken Carslaw 
(<>). The group 
has developed the Global Model of Aerosol Processes (GLOMAP) and the aerosol 
module of the UK climate model (UKCA, The group 
currently has five postdoctoral researchers and six students working on a wide 
range of aerosol-climate problems, including aerosol nucleation, global CCN, 
cloud microphysics, and volcanic aerosol, etc. Two projects are applying 
statistical techniques to quantify the uncertainty in these complex aerosol 

For further details and to apply for this post  please go to
Job Ref:ENVEE00108

Trish Shepherd
Human Resources Recruitment & Health and Safety Clerical Officer
School of Earth and Environment
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
T: 0113 3437439

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