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[Met-jobs] Lecturer in Meteorology

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Lecturer in Meteorology

Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS)

School of Earth and Environment
University of Leeds

Deadline: 13 March 2014

You will join one of the UK?s most vibrant and successful Schools, with a
long track record of excellent research and teaching. ICAS is one of the
leading UK institutions for research on weather and climate, and contributes
substantially to the School of Earth and Environment?s teaching programmes
in atmospheric and environmental science at BSc, Masters and PhD level.

You will contribute to the School?s teaching programmes in atmospheric and
environmental science. The School operates a workload model to guide the
allocation of duties: at least 20% of your time will be committed to
teaching and related activities.

You will have expertise in any of the following areas: Dynamical
meteorology; Synoptic or mesoscale weather systems; Boundary layer
meteorology; Observational meteorology; or the Weather-climate interface. An
ability to enhance or build upon the existing strengths of the Institute
will be an advantage.

You will have a PhD and a strong record of research in an area of
Meteorology. You will be able to demonstrate the capability to develop your
own independent research programme complementary to the existing activities
of ICAS. You should also have a strong track record of published research in
high quality peer reviewed journals and be able to demonstrate the potential
to attract external funding to support your research.

The University of Leeds? commitment to women in science has been recognised
with a national accolade. The University has received the Athena Swan Bronze
Award in recognition of our success in recruiting, retaining and promoting
women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).  The Faculty of
Environment are in the process of preparing an application for an Athena
Swan award to recognise our commitment and work in these areas.

Salary: University Grade 8 (£37,756-£45,053 p.a. )

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Doug Parker, email, tel +44 (0)113 343 6739 or Institute Director
Professor Ken Carslaw, email

Closing Date: 13 March 2014

Ref: ENVEE0220

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Job Description

Responsible to: Head of School of Earth and Environment

Reports to: Director of ICAS

Main duties and responsibilities

Research, Innovation and Impact

* Demonstrate a clear medium-term research vision in the area of meteorology
capable of securing external funding

* Independently develop and pursue research and innovation, with the
potential for socio-economic impact at a level that is nationally and
internationally recognised

* Be an active researcher with a track record of regular publications in
independently peer reviewed journals of international quality

* Foster collaboration and attract external research income on an individual
and/or collaborative basis so as to support a developing research agenda and
reinforce your own networks

* Contribute to research planning and development within the school

* Contribute to the research culture of the School of Earth and Environment
and ICAS

* Provide research supervision and attract research students to the

* Take part in knowledge-transfer activities, where appropriate and
feasible, engaging with research users to help deliver research impact

* Mentor and supervise research staff

* Take on external roles and responsibilities, which enhance academic
standing, for example, membership of the Research Council

Teaching and Learning

As a full academic post you will be expected to develop a portfolio of
research-led teaching and contribute to the academic development of the
School and University.

* Develop, deliver and assess undergraduate and postgraduate teaching
provision in atmospheric science and environmental science, including field
work assistance and also with other undergraduate teaching activities of the
School of Earth and Environment (such as tutorials)

* Have significant involvement in the review of modules, programmes and
quality assurance mechanisms in the School of Earth & Environment

* To have significant involvement  in the planning and development of
modules and programmes in your subject area

* Utilise innovative approaches to teaching and learning, contributing to
School policy and practice in learning and teaching

* Integrate current research into teaching, while also developing and
utilising innovative approaches to learning and teaching

* To provide timely feedback and assessment of coursework and examinations

* To provide support and guidance to students, resolving issues and/or
referring to specialist parties, where appropriate and to act as a personal
tutor, supporting involvement in Leeds for Life

Leadership and Management

* To contribute to the management and administrative processes and the
committee structures of the School of Earth and Environment

* To exercise initiative within assigned tasks and execute tasks within a
timely manner and to effectively organise own work, prioritising as

* To manage executive tasks (as either sustained or one-off projects) which
facilitate school, faculty or university performance or business

* To be involved in the recruitment, management and development of staff and
act as a mentor to more junior/less experienced colleagues

* Actively promote and engage with the objectives of our valuing and
developing all our staff agenda via compliance with The People Management
Framework to ensure consistency of high standards of employment practices
across the school/service/area and promote the University of Leeds policies,
procedures and guidelines

* To co-ordinate the work of other colleagues as appropriate

* Any other duties as may reasonably be required, consistent with the grade
of the post

The School of Earth and Environment is a green impact award holder, and
expects all staff to go about their duties in a resource efficient way,
minimising impacts to the environment wherever possible.

Career Expectations

The University of Leeds is committed to developing its staff. All staff
participate in the Staff Review and Development scheme and we continue to
work with individuals, supporting them to maximise their potential.

Progression to a higher grade is dependent on an individual taking on an
increased level of responsibility. Vacancies that arise within the area or
across the wider University are advertised on the HR website - - to allow staff to apply for wider career
development opportunities.

University Values

All staff are expected to operate in line with the University?s values and
standards, which work as an integral part of our strategy and set out the
principles of how we work together. More information about the University?s
strategy and values is available at


Person Specification


* Have a PhD, and research interests in some aspect of Meteorology, in any
of these areas: Dynamical meteorology; Synoptic or mesoscale weather
systems; Boundary layer meteorology; Observational meteorology; or the
Weather-climate interface

* Show a strong track record and demonstrable commitment to research and
publication of original results at an international level

* Evidence of potential to obtain external research funding

* Enthusiasm for collaboration with colleagues within ICAS and in the
University of Leeds

* A willingness and proven ability to supervise research students

* An enthusiastic, modern and versatile approach to teaching, including a
willingness to conduct field based teaching

* Experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students Excellent
organisational skills

* Effective communication skills

* Commitment to own training and development

* The capacity to be flexible when appropriate

* Enthusiastic approach and helpful manner

* Ability to use own initiative

* Ability to act as a role model to build trust through openness, honesty
and integrity

* Be accountable for your own actions and the consequences

* Ability to balance the needs of the task, team & individual

* Adapting your leadership style to suit the situation


* A successful record of obtaining significant external research funding


Additional Information

The Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) was launched in 2000 and is one of four institutes within the School of Earth and Environment (SEE). ICAS currently has 20 Academic staff, with a total of around 120 researchers and affiliates. The group's research interests are broad, covering field, laboratory and modelling studies of dynamical meteorology; aerosols, microphysics and clouds; atmospheric chemistry on all scales; and a strategic expansion into climate science and impacts. Details of our research activities can be found at

In the last UK Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, the School achieved excellent results, and is ranked second in the UK in terms of research power in Environmental Science.

Teaching profile

Our undergraduate teaching is organised and delivered by SEE (further information is available at The School recruits around 180 undergraduate students per year. Degree programmes with a climate, chemistry and atmospheric science focus are closely aligned with ICAS. Our teaching is research led and follows our strategy of combining theory, modelling and experimental work. High quality fieldwork is a distinctive aspect of our programmes. The new lecturer will contribute to the teaching of students on our Meteorology and Climate Science BSc degree programme and our other Environmental Science BSc programmes. We also run 4-year undergraduate Masters in Meteorology and Climate Science, and in Environmental Science, leading to an MEnv degree. In this programme, undergraduates spend their third year studying overseas before returning to Leeds to undertake Masters-level courses in their final year. We have active teaching collaborations with a number of other universities in the UK and overseas, including Reading (UK), Wisconsin, Purdue and Illinois (USA), McMaster (Canada), and Monash (Australia). ICAS also runs an MRes degree programme in Climate and Atmospheric Science and contributes to several successful MSc programmes including a joint MSc in Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics with the School of Mathematics.

The new lecturer will maintain and enhance standards of student attainment at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. They will develop, deliver, and assess modules using innovative approaches and to undertake administrative tasks associated with the teaching role within the School.

The supervision of postgraduate students at PhD and Masters level will also be expected. The institute recruits 10-15 research students per year, with funding coming from NERC (primarily through a Doctoral Training Partnership from 2014), the EU, the University of Leeds and overseas governments.

SEE operates a workload model for the allocation of duties to academic staff. It is expected that the holder of this post will normally spend at least 20% of their time on teaching related work.

ICAS and its role in the School of Earth and Environment

The School of Earth and Environment (SEE), which was created in 2004 by merging the School of the Environment and the School of Earth Sciences, is now the largest grouping of environmental scientists and social scientists in the UK. SEE currently has 104 academic staff, 70 research staff, 150 research students and around 800 students in total.
Research within the School is organised through four research institutes:

(i) The Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS);
(ii) The Earth Surface Science Institute (ESSI);
(iii) The Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics (IGT);
(iv) The Sustainability Research Institute (SRI).

As a centre of excellence, the School has active support from the University. Core investment from the University contributes to our strong collaborations with other Schools on campus, notably through the .water@leeds. and .Africa College. programmes. The School moved into a purpose-built £23 million building in 2009.

We are host to the directorate of the UK National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS). The NCAS Director, Stephen Mobbs, continues to lead a programme of research at Leeds into orographic and boundary-layer atmospheric dynamics. Alan Blyth is the Director of NCAS-Weather and conducts research into cloud physics and dynamics. We manage several NCAS observational facilities including the new mobile Doppler radar.

We are one of the four formal academic partners of the Met Office. Doug Parker holds the Met Office Chair at Leeds and coordinates a joint programme of research which spans our whole range of atmospheric science research. Four Met Office scientists hold joint positions with Leeds, and we have a substantial number of joint projects and co-supervised PhD students.

We are an active partner in the University's Climate and Geohazard Services hub (CGS), which is an interdisciplinary group at the University of Leeds focused on climate, geohazards and their impact on society. CGS acts to link our work in Meteorology with applications in government, industry and NGOs. In particular, CGS provides a focus for our work on High-Impact Weather, such as local winds, cumulonimbus storms, and the dynamics of drought. Often such work is conducted in close collaboration with the Met Office.

The School seeks to build on the expertise of the ICAS, and expand its research interests into new, but complementary areas. We are keen to expand our current expertise, which covers:

.       Atmospheric dynamics and clouds;
.       Atmospheric chemistry and aerosols
.       Climate change and impacts

In each of these areas we make use of measurements, theory and modelling. Interaction between these areas within ICAS is excellent, notably through research projects which combine several specialisms (e.g. field experiments or modelling programmes). We also have active links with some of the other excellent groupings in SEE and the University of Leeds, notably with the Sustainability Research Institute (weather and climate risk, impacts and adaptation), the School of Chemistry (laboratory, field-based and modelling work) and the School of Geography (water resources, flooding, global forest systems).

Candidates require strong research achievement and potential in Meteorology and the ability to interact with the existing staff in ICAS. It is anticipated that the person appointed will form the nucleus for substantive research developments in their area of expertise, leading to a steady publication record that will enhance the group's research reputation at national and international levels. The institute already has an outstanding record of success in attracting research funding, particularly from NERC and the EU, and it is expected that the new lecturer will also be active in attracting external research funds from these and other sources.

Dynamical Meteorology at Leeds

Dynamical Meteorology has a long history at the University of Leeds, with important work on geophysical fluid dynamics being conducted in the Mathematics department for several decades. Since 1996, when Stephen Mobbs initiated a new research and teaching programme in this field, we have grown steadily to a point where we now have around 60 staff and PhD student researchers in the "Dynamics and Clouds" group.

Our work in this field is characterised by the synthesis of observations, models and theory. We have a strong track record of designing and leading new field experiments. We also run and develop various models, including WRF, the Met Office Unified Model and the Met Office Large Eddy Model (CRM). Our roots in Mathematics and our ongoing collaborations with the School of Mathematics mean that we continue to develop new theoretical methods in dynamical meteorology. The University recently funded a new professorial position (held by Onno Bokhove) in Mathematics, to further expand our collaborations.

Our research programme in Meteorology includes
.       boundary layer dynamics and turbulence;
.       flow over hills, in forests, and over heterogeneous terrain;
.       air-sea interaction;
.       shallow and deep convection;
. synoptic weather systems, especially in their boundary layer and mesoscale structures; . West African meteorology and climate; land-atmosphere interaction in Africa and the wider tropics;
.       Dynamics of dust storms.

We are looking to recruit a new lecturer in an area of Meteorology complementary to our existing programme of work in ICAS. We have a particular interest in the development of research into High-Impact Weather, and into studies at the Weather-Climate interface. Candidates are encouraged to discuss the position with us.

Terms and conditions

Details of the terms and conditions of employment for all staff at the
University, including information on pensions and benefits, are available on
the Human Resources web pages accessible at

The Partnership

To be aware of and work in line with The Partnership working with students
as members of a learning community to provide world class education and an
excellent student experience. More information about the Partnership is
available at

Learning and Teaching Award

The Senate of the University has agreed that all newly appointed staff with
a contract of 50% of full time equivalent and above who have a teaching role
and are deemed new to teaching in HE should be required to complete
successfully all of the requirements of the University of Leeds Teaching and
Research Award (ULTRA) or an appropriate alternative.  Whether or not this
applies to you will be decided as part of the appointment procedure at

Further details of the ULTRA are available at

Staff with contracts of less than 50% of full time equivalent may take the
ULTRA provided that they have a broad enough range of teaching and
assessment to complete the requirements of the programme. This will be
decided in conjunction with the School and the course providers.

Disclosure and Barring Service checks

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check is not required for this
position. However, applicants who have unspent convictions must indicate
this in the ?other personal details? section of the application form and
send details to the Recruitment Officer at

Disabled Applicants

The post is located in the School of Earth and Environment.  Disabled
applicants wishing to review access to the building are invited to contact
the department direct.  Additional information may be sought from the
Recruitment Officer, email or tel + 44 (0)113 343

Disabled applicants are not obliged to inform employers of their disability
but will still be covered by the Equality Act once their disability becomes

Further information for applicants with disabilities, impairments or health
conditions is available in the applicant guidance.

Further Particulars

The University of Leeds is one of the largest universities in Britain, with
over thirty thousand students and more than six thousand staff, including
over two thousand academic and academic-related staff. The University has
departments in all major disciplines and is committed to developing a number
of research areas as world class centres of excellence. This has involved
identifying a number of `gold peaks? of high quality research and developing
strategic investment initiatives for these areas to enable them to develop
further. The University has recently invested over £23 million in a
new/refurbished building for the School of Earth and Environment.

School of Earth and Environment

The School of Earth and Environment is established as one of the leading
centres of international excellence across the Earth and Environmental
Sciences.  In the UK RAE 2008, we ranked second nationally in terms of
research power (the amount of internationally excellent and world-leading
research outputs) for Earth and Environmental Sciences. The School comprises
+90 academic staff and +80 postdoctoral researchers. In 2011/12 we attracted
£11.2million in research funding and this figure is expected to exceed £13
million in 2014/15.

The School mission is ?to lead internationally in research, to deliver a
high quality of learning and teaching in Earth and Environmental Sciences
and hence to beneficially impact society?.  This is supported by a School
Strategy that aims to achieve international recognition for frontier
research of global impact and influence and by building strong dynamic
academic communities across the School. Strong research ? teaching linkages
are central to this aim with the School being home to over 1,000 students
spread across a portfolio of undergraduate, masters and PhD programmes.

Earth Surface Science Institute

This is an institute of earth science researchers with a broad range of
expertise falling into four natural groupings: Process Sedimentology;
Paleontology; Environmental Geochemistry; and Engineering Geology and
Hydrogeology. Research endeavours encompass the study of past and present
environmental and climatic conditions and the processes that control them
and produce change. Thus, we model river and turbidity current flow
dynamics, study deep-sea vent communities, quantify groundwater systems,
constrain nutrient fluxes in oceans, assess the causes of ancient mass
extinctions and much more. Work ranges across all scales from the
microscopic study of mineral growth and weathering to the global-scale study
of iron cycling and the sulphur isotopic system of the oceans. The Institute
also includes a strong group working on Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
whose interests overlap the Geochemists in the field of contaminated land
and groundwater.

Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

ICAS, in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, is
an established and expanding group, representing one of the largest and most
active Atmosphere and Climate research teams in Europe. We have around 100
research-active members, whose programme covers Atmospheric Dynamics,
Aerosols, Cloud Microphysics, Atmospheric Composition and Climate Change. In
each of these areas, the Institute makes use of theoretical and numerical
modelling on the full spectrum of scales, from cloud microphysics to global
dynamics and chemistry.  We maintain a long-term commitment to field
measurement of atmospheric phenomena, including aerosols and chemistry as
well as the physics and dynamics of weather systems. We also have
well-established research collaborations with several UK and international
agencies, including the Met Office, and we host the Directorate of the UK
National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAS).

Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics

The Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics is dedicated to understanding the
structure and evolution of the Earth and neighbouring planets. Detection and
measurement of resources in the crustal layer and understanding of
geological hazard also are principal aims. Measurement of gravity,
magnetism, seismic waves and electrical properties, theoretical and computer
modelling, surface structural mapping and petrological studies all
contribute to these goals. Recently, in collaboration with the Faculty of
Engineering, we have expanded applied research in petroleum engineering,
seismology and structural geology.

The Sustainability Research Institute

As a key part of the School of Earth and Environment, the Sustainability
Research Institute (SRI) is home to a team of over 30 academic staff and 35
research students conducting inter-disciplinary research on the different
dimensions of sustainability. Research within SRI is based largely on the
environmental social sciences and draws upon aspects of geography,
sociology, politics, planning, economics, management, development studies
and science and technology studies. Our broader activities combine social
and natural sciences in leading-edge, interdisciplinary research.  SRI has
received significant research funding from various sources, including the
recent award of £5.5 million from the ESRC to establish the Centre for
Climate Change Economics and Policy (in partnership with the LSE). As well
as being a centre of excellence for inter-disciplinary research, SRI runs a
range of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes on the different
dimensions of sustainability.

Research Laboratory Facilities

The School of Earth and Environment has recently invested in newly
commissioned geochemical and atmospheric science laboratories as part of the
new build. These world class research facilities embrace all aspects of
earth and environmental science including atmospheric instrument and
chemistry labs, laser facilities, geomicrobiology-, geochemistry
instrument-, isotope geochemistry-, hydrochemistry-, clean- and
radiochemistry- labs. Further, the co-location of these facilities in the
new School facilitates access to a wide range of analytical services
including ICPMS, XRD, IC and isotope analysis.

Learning and Teaching

The School of Earth and Environment has a student population approaching
1000.  We offer a wide range of undergraduate and MSc programmes within the
broad areas of Earth Sciences, Environmental Science and Sustainability.  We
also offer two MRes courses and have a vibrant PhD community.

Our learning and teaching strategy is to:

1. Create learning opportunities for students to engage with Earth and
Environmental research excellence.

2. Provide an exceptional student experience by delivering distinctive high
quality modules and building academic communities.

3. Enhance student employability through building key skills and experience.

This strategy is delivered through high quality teaching supported by
state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and resources.  Strong links are made
between research and teaching throughout the programmes, but in particular
during projects and fieldwork.

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