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[Met-jobs] Post-doc and PhD studentship on Aerosol Effects on Convection at University of Oxford

From Philip Stier <>
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Date Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:29:19 +0000

Post-doctoral research position on aerosol effects on convective cloud microphysics

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, Department of Physics, University of Oxford

We are looking for a researcher in the dynamic Climate Processes Group within the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford. The post is available immediately for a fixed-term period of 3 years.

This position is part of the BACCHUS project (Impact of Biogenic versus Anthropogenic emissions on Clouds and Climate: towards a Holistic UnderStanding), an European FP7 Collaborative Project aiming to quantify key processes and feedbacks controlling aerosol cloud interactions by combining advanced measurements of cloud and aerosol properties with state-of-the-art numerical modelling. The focus of this position will be on aerosol effects on convection with an emphasis on convective cloud microphysics through an innovative setup of cloud microphysics closure studies combining Monte-Carlo parcel model studies with single-column and global simulations using the Convective Cloud Field Model, an advanced convection parameterisation within the aerosol-climate model ECHAM-HAM.

The successful applicant will guide the cloud microphysics parameterisation development in the group and is expected to develop original research strategies. The results should be presented at national and international meetings as well as published in high-impact publications. This post offers the possibility to co-advise a doctoral student and potentially other teaching opportunities.

Applicants should have a doctorate in atmospheric physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in cloud physics, experience in cloud microphysics parameterisations in process and global models and potentially a background in aerosol-cloud interactions. As the overall projects bridges global climate models, cloud resolving modelling, remote sensing and process studies this post would suit a candidate with interests beyond an already established demonstrated track record in global or process modelling.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 6 January 2014. All applications need to be submitted online through the University of Oxford Recruitment Webpage also providing further details on this post. 

Please direct informal enquiries to Dr Philip Stier ( 

PhD (DPhil) studentship on aerosol effects on convective clouds and climate

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, Department of Physics, University of Oxford

We are offering a fully funded (for UK/EU applicants) studentship, to be affiliated with the newly founded Oxford Doctoral Training Programme in Environmental Research

The primary objective of this project is to investigate aerosol effects of on convective clouds as basis for improved estimates of the anthropogenic climate effects. Theoretical considerations emphasise the importance of mixed and ice cloud microphysics for aerosol effects on convective clouds; yet, current global climate models generally do not even simulate ice-cloud microphysics for convection. This project will combine high-resolution aerosol-cloud modelling with detailed representations of aerosol and cloud microphysical processes with extensive analysis of data from field campaigns and remote sensing. One emphasis of this work will be the improvement of next-generation global aerosol climate models.

This project is part of BACCHUS, an European Union collaborative project aiming to quantify key processes and feedbacks controlling aerosol cloud interactions, and is closely aligned with related research funded by the European Research Council in the Climate Processes group. BACCHUS will establish datasets of advanced measurements of cloud and aerosol properties in unprecedented detail in combination with state-of-the-art numerical modelling. This project opportunities to experience collaborative research in a consortium of 20 leading international partners, including ETH Zurich and the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology.

More details on this PhD project can be found on the Climate Processes jobs webpage. The closing date for applications is 24 January 2014. Application for this studentship can be made through the Oxford Doctoral Training Programme in Environmental Research.

Please direct informal enquiries to Dr Philip Stier (


Philip Stier
Climate Processes
Department of Physics
University of Oxford

phone: +44 1865 272887

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