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[Met-jobs] JOB: 4-year research fellowship on the combination and evaluation of seasonal-to-decadal climate predictions

From David Stephenson <>
Date Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:13:49 +0000

Exeter Climate Systems Research Centre, Mathematics Research Institute, University of Exeter

We wish to recruit an outstanding Research Fellow to develop and apply statistical modelling
approaches suitable for combining and evaluating the performance of near-term climate forecasts.
This fellowship is available from 1st February 2013 on a fixed term basis for 48 months.
This fellowship provides an excellent opportunity to develop an academic career at the interface of applied statistics
and climate science, which will have practical societal impact by facilitating development of a global framework for climate services.
The fellowship is supported by the EU-funded FP7 SPECS project (Seasonal-to-decadal climate Prediction for the improvement of European Climate Services),
which aims to improve the quality of the next generation of seasonal climate forecasting systems ( The post will be based in the Exeter Climate Systems research centre (, where the fellow will benefit from expert guidance by Professor Stephenson and Dr Ferro, who are world-renowned for their expertise in forecast verification. The statistical methodology will make use of ideas from areas such as statistical forecasting, spatial and multivariate modelling, and models for uncertainty in simulated output from complex numerical models.
The fellow will have the exciting opportunity to collaborate with many renowned climate institutions such as the Hadley Centre at the nearby Meteorological Office in Exeter, the IC3 climate centre in Barcelona, and the Dutch national weather service KNMI.
Successful candidates will have demonstrated the ability to carry out creative, innovative, independent research, and the ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals. Applicants must have a PhD in Statistics, Mathematics or Physics or related discipline, experience of statistical modelling of complex datasets, expertise in programming in high-level languages such as the R statistical language that will be used in the project, and excellent cross-disciplinary communication skills. Some knowledge and experience of climate or environmental science would also be desirable.

More information and details of how to apply ...
(or long address:

    Professor David B. Stephenson
    Director of Exeter Climate Systems (XCS)

    University of Exeter
    College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
    Harrison Building, North Park Road, Exeter EX4 4QF, UK

    Tel: +44 (0) 1392 269275   

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