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[Met-jobs] Ph.D. position in atmospheric convection at McGill University

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Date Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:01:40 -0400

PhD position in atmospheric convection, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS), McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada

McGill University is an English-speaking university located in Montreal, one of North America’s most cosmopolitan cities. For more information about McGill University and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, please visit

Project description: Although the basic dynamics and microphysics of midlatitude convective storms are well established, the detailed processes controlling storm initiation and evolution remain elusive.  As a consequence, the predictability of these storms in weather and climate models is limited. To address these challenges, this project will study convective storms from both process and predictability perspectives.  The processes will be investigated using cloud-resolving numerical simulation, to resolve the sub-cloud circulations responsible for convection initiation and the multi-scale turbulent drafts controlling storm development.  A focus of this effort will be the influence of mesoscale forcing (mountains, sea breezes, and other topographic features) on convection initiation and evolution.  To bridge the gap to weather prediction, ensemble forecasts with a convective-scale weather prediction model will be used to quantify the sensitivity of storm development to uncertainties across a range of spatiotemporal scales.  There is also the possibility of participation in a large field campaign in 2015 to intensively observe convective processes over complex terrain.

The PhD candidate will work within a larger research program on Mesoscale and Radar Meteorology at McGill, which consists of approximately 20 students, postdocs, and AOS faculty.

Qualifications: We are seeking a motivated candidate with a strong interest in atmospheric science and strong technical skills.  The ideal background is a B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, a physical science (Atmospheric Science, Geophysics, Astronomy, etc.), Engineering, or Computer Science.  Good oral and written proficiency in English is required.

Review of applications will begin immediately, for entry in Winter 2014 and Fall 2014.  The position will remain open until filled.  Applications should be submitted through AOS’s graduate programs site:

For informal enquiries and further information, contact Dr. Daniel Kirshbaum, tel. + 1 514 398 3347, email:, webpage:
Daniel J. Kirshbaum
Assistant Professor, McGill University
Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Room 839 Burnside Hall
805 Sherbrooke St West
Montréal, QC H3A OB9 (Canada)
Tel: 1-514-398-3347

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