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[Met-jobs] GAUGE Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate, University of Bristol, UK

From Matthew Rigby <>
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Date Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:33:19 +0000

Research Assistant/Associate in greenhouse gas inverse modelling
Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group, University of Bristol, UK
University of Bristol reference: ACAD100118
Salary: £30,424- £38,522, profile level A or B, depending on experience, 36 month initial contract
Closing date for applications: 26th April 2013

You will take a leading role in the £3m NERC-funded Greenhouse gAs Global and Uk Emissions (GAUGE) project. GAUGE aims to develop pioneering greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement and modeling techniques, to constrain UK and global emissions at higher accuracy and resolution than ever before. Based in the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol, you will work closely with Dr Matt Rigby, Prof Simon O’Doherty and Dr Alistair Manning from the UK Met Office to deliver UK and global emissions estimates of CO2, CH4 and N2O. You will work closely with GAUGE partners at the Universities of Edinburgh, Cambridge, Leicester, Leeds and Manchester, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, to derive emissions from the diverse new range of GAUGE measurements (including satellite, aircraft, ship and tower-based observations). Your work will primarily focus on the development of inverse modelling techniques using the UK Met Office NAME regional model at very high resolution and the NCAR MOZART global model. The role represents a unique opportunity for an ambitious early career researcher to make a significant impact on this rapidly evolving field.

Critical skills and experience:
•   A PhD in a physical science, mathematics or computing
•   A good background in computing (experience with IDL/MatLab/Python/Fortran and high-performance computing would be advantageous)
•   Ability to work innovatively with minimal supervision, to plan and organise your own time to achieve a high level of productivity, and to lead scientific projects
You will have excellent opportunities to develop supervisory, written, teaching and leadership skills and therefore this post provides ideal training for a career in academia or industry. Duties will include helping with the training and supervision of PhD and final year project students.

The post will be offered at either Research Assistant or Associate level, depending on experience. Post-doctoral Research Associates will be expected to take more of a leadership role in the project, and will already have post-doctoral research experience.

Enquires to Dr Matt Rigby ( and Prof Simon O’Doherty (

See University of Bristol HR website for further details and to apply:

Further information:


Matt Rigby
NERC Advanced Research Fellow
School of Chemistry
University of Bristol
+44 (0) 117 33 17042

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