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[Met-jobs] Two postdoc positions in composition climate modelling

From A Archibald <>
Date Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:21:13 +0000


We have two positions available at the University of Cambridge in composition climate modelling.

Research Associate x 2: Modelling composition interactions in the Earth System (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for these posts are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for two post-doctoral research associate positions in the atmospheric chemistry modelling research groups of Prof John Pyle and Dr Alex Archibald. The focus of our research is how changes in atmospheric composition affect the Earth System, and vice versa. Our principal research tool is UM-UKCA, a chemistry-aerosol and climate model integrated into the Met Office Unified Model. Ongoing projects include studies of how the stratospheric ozone layer will recover, how changes in natural and anthropogenic emissions affect tropospheric ozone and tropospheric oxidation processes, and how these changes interact with changes in climate.

We are looking for highly motivated physical scientists with a good track record at problem solving using numerical models. There will be opportunities to help further develop the UM-UKCA model as well as to exploit it in a range of scientific investigations. Potential areas where you could work range from enhancing the computational performance of UM-UKCA to developing extended functionality to simulate physico-chemical processes for particular studies. You will be working as part of a large team of researchers helping to develop and exploit UM-UKCA but you must have sufficient time management skills to work independently on a day-to-day basis. Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants must have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in the physical sciences; desirable fields of study include atmospheric science, ocean science, computational mathematics and physics. Experience with the Unified Model or atmospheric modelling is high desirable, as is experience interpreting large datasets using software such as Python, R, Matlab or IDL.

The posts are available immediately. Interviews will take place week beginning 9 February 2015.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and publications list in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For queries regarding applying online for this post, please contact Alice Wood (email:

Please quote reference MA05002 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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