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[Met-jobs] Two PDRA positions in Evaluating atmospheric composition simulated by Earth System Models

From Dominick Spracklen <D.V.Spracklen@leeds.ac.uk>
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Cc "mat.evans@york.ac.uk" <mat.evans@york.ac.uk>
Date Mon, 3 Jun 2013 15:26:44 +0100

Two PDRA positions in Evaluating atmospheric composition simulated by Earth 
System Models
University of Leeds and University of York, UK

Earth System Models (ESMs) predict large changes in future air quality (ozone 
and particulate matter) with substantial implications for climate, food 
security, human and ecosystem health. This project will develop 
observationally-based metrics to evaluate the ability of ESMs to simulate the 
response of tropospheric composition to both short-term variability in 
meteorological drivers and multi-decadal emission trends.

We are seeking two Research Fellows (24 months each, full time) to evaluate 
atmospheric composition simulated by ESMs. One position will be based in School 
of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds and will focus on 
variability in ozone and particulate matter over daily, seasonal and 
interannual timescales. The second position, based in the Department of 
Chemistry at the University of York, will focus on long-term (1960-present) 
trends in ozone and particulate matter.

The project is a collaboration between Dr. Dominick Spracklen and Dr. Steve 
Arnold at the University of Leeds and Professor Mat Evans at the University of 
York, and is funded by the UK’s National Environment Research Council (NERC).  
The project is one of several funded by NERC specifically to use observations 
to evaluate different components of ESMs. The positions will provide an 
opportunity to collaborate within the UK’s ESM community and internationally.

You will be a self-motivated individual with the ability to take responsibility 
for the delivery of key components of the research project. You will have a PhD 
(or be nearing completion) in a relevant branch of atmospheric or Earth System 
science; e.g. atmospheric composition, atmospheric chemistry, climate science 
or related discipline.  You will have proven experience in numerical 
programming as well as data visualisation. Experience in running and analysing 
output from atmospheric chemistry, climate or aerosol models would be 
advantageous. You will be expected to show demonstrable commitment to 
publication of original results at an international level.

Pay will be at University of Leeds Grade 7 or University of York equivalent. 
Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Dominick Spracklen 
(d.spracklen@see.leeds.ac.uk<mailto:d.spracklen@see.leeds.ac.uk>), Dr. Steve 
Arnold (s.arnold@see.leeds.ac.uk<mailto:s.arnold@see.leeds.ac.uk>) or Prof. Mat 
Evans (mat.evans@york.ac.uk<mailto:mat.evans@york.ac.uk>).

Further details can be found at http://jobs.leeds.ac.uk/ (reference code 
ENVEE0166) for the job based at Leeds and 
https://jobs.york.ac.uk/wd/plsql/wd_portal.show_job?p_web_site_id=3885&p_web_page_id=166258
 for the job based in York. Please note candidates wishing to apply for both 
positions are required to make separate applications to the University of Leeds 
and the University of York.

Start Date: 15 August 2013




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