February 2014
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[Met-jobs] Research Associate (Full time) at University of Birmingham (UK)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:32:16 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

The Group of Meteorology and Climate at the University of Birmingham
is looking for a

Research Associate (Full time)

(Ref No. 47728)

within the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Duration of post: 24 months

Level: Grade 6

Salary: Starting salary is normally in the range £25,013 to £27,318.
With potential progression once in post to £30,728 a year.

Closing Date: 4 March 2014

Job Summary

To assist in research (by carrying out data production and analyses) to
create knowledge through providing research support for the

EU-FP7 Marie Curie project Extreme Events Variability over Europe
(/EVE/, Lead Dr. Leckebusch) and the related research group.

Aim of the project

In order to issue reliable climate predictions on the scale of up to 30
years and longer, e.g. by means of climate model simulations, it is
necessary to learn more about the amount and the form of synoptic,
seasonal and decadal scale variability in the coupled
ocean-cryosphere-atmosphere system itself and its steering processes.
This project aims at the investigation and analysis of causes for
synoptic- to decadal scale variability in the occurrence of
meteorological and climatological extreme events over the
North-Atlantic/ European region. Focus of the study will thus be to
increase the understanding of variability steering factors and to enable
a deeper understanding of processes involved in modulating the frequency
and intensity of extreme events on different time scales.

This understanding should help to allow estimates of necessary
adaptation strategies to anthropogenic climate change impacts and their
timely planning and initialization. Focus will be laid on severe
extra-tropical cyclones as the major meteorological hazard to Europe,
as well as on hydro-meteorological combined risks like heat waves. For
the time horizon beyond 2040, scenario based simulations will be
investigated to deduce estimates on long-term developments. The project
will additionally concentrate on the estimation of damage potentials for
wind storm and heat waves on different time scales linking the
underpinning science to end-user needs.

Main Duties

·Produce and analyse research data; this may be through a variety of
research methods, such as scientific modelling or data collection from
international sources

·Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or
parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters on national and
international conferences

·Develop or adapt techniques, models and methods in relation to the
modelling and diagnostic of extreme events

·Provide guidance as required to support staff and any students who may
be assisting with research

·Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research
objectives and deadlines

·Carry out administrative tasks related directly to the delivery of the

Skills and Experience

·BSc / MSc in Meteorology, or a neighbouring discipline with experience
in meteorology and climate


·Experience in meteorological data analysis (in particular extreme value

·Scientific programming skills

·knowledge of dynamic meteorology

·writing of scientific publications

·teaching at university level, including supervision of BSc and MSc theses.

·Practical experience of applying the relevant skills and techniques

·Ability to analyse information and communicate effectively

·Ability to access and organise resources successfully

Planning and Organisation

·Work to agreed specifications, time and quality standards

·Undertake those administration tasks that are related directly to the
delivery of the research

Decision making/ Problem Solving

·Plan work to agreed specifications, time and quality standards

·Attend and contribute to subject group meetings

Internal /External Relationships

·Liaise with colleagues and students

·Participate in internal networks for the exchange of information

·Maintain contact with (including membership of) appropriate
professional bodies

·Liaise with the relevant external research community via seminars and

More detailed information for this vacancy and how to apply can be
found under:


(1) Click "Current Vacancies"

(2) Search by Reference Number: 47728

Informal enquiries should be made to:

Dr Gregor C. Leckebusch (

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