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[Met-jobs] PhD Studentship: Aerosol-Cloud Interaction Studied Numerically

From Vaughan Phillips <>
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Date Sun, 2 Dec 2012 17:55:18 +0000

PhD Research Project

The Cloud-Aerosol Interaction Studied with Numerical Models

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

This fully-funded award (a stipend of £13,590 per year) is available 
immediately for a UK/EU candidate.

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. Some knowledge of maths, atmospheric science and general 
physics is needed.

Research topic:

The linkage between aerosol particles and cloud properties is crucial to treat 
in atmospheric models when projecting future changes in climate.  Continental 
aerosols can modify the intensity of systems of severe weather, such as 
hurricanes and other tropical cyclones.

In this project, clouds’ dependencies on aerosol conditions of chemistry and 
loading will be treated in a hierarchy of cloud models and in a large-scale 
model.  Focus will be given to influences from aerosol pollution on glaciated 
clouds.   The aim is to represent this linkage better in the large-scale models 
used for climate studies.

The project will benefit the community by allowing more accurate prediction of 
severe weather and climate change.

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 PhD opening may be made to Dr V. Phillips at University of 
Leeds (<>;  Tel:  +44 (0)113 
343 6429).

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