Applications are invited for a Research Associate position within the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group, to start as soon as possible.
The successful applicant will work with Professor Ralf Toumi and will also contribute to the development of a regional climate model. The post holder will be expected to support the Department’s teaching activities.
You will join an active and growing research group within the Space and Atmospheric Physics Group. We are developing a new regional climate model based
on the coupling of the atmospheric model (WRF) and the regional ocean model system (ROMS). We are interested in a number of understudied regions around the world (e.g. the Caspian, West Africa and others) with a unique and exciting set of environmental science
In this project we are collaborating with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to develop the first coupled aerosol-atmosphere-ocean
model of the region. The principle aim is to quantitatively explore the impact of desert dust on the Red Sea. There are only a handful of studies that suggest an influence of dust aerosol on the sea and hence the atmosphere. This project will develop a unique
powerful tool to quantitatively explore these mechanisms in the Red Sea and elsewhere.
The successful candidate will have (or have submitted) a PhD in the field of
ocean, coastal science, atmospheric science or be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of professional
qualifications and experience. Substantial proven experience with the regional ocean model system (ROMS) or other advanced ocean models is essential. Experience of processing very large datasets in a variety of formats (e.g., GRIB, netCDF3/4 and HDF4/5) is
also required. Demonstrated skill/proficiency in the following areas is desirable: running complex model codes on high-performance computers, advanced knowledge of numerical modelling, skill in analyzing numerical model output and verification statistics,
skill in scientific programming (e.g., Fortran and/or C) and scripting languages such as Perl and/or Python, as well as some skills in graphical display programs such as NCL, Matlab and/or IDL.
You must have an enthusiastic approach to research with strong written communication skills and the ability to
clearly and succinctly for publication. You will also be expected to demonstratestrong verbal communication skills to
deal with a wide range of people and to interact successfully with others to learn and teach new skills.