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[Met-jobs] Research Scientist position, University of Reading

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:56:03 +0000

Research Scientist wanted at the University of Reading to work within the 
Department of Meteorology investigating cloud-aerosol interactions and climate 
in West Africa as part of a large EU project (www.dacciwa.eu).

The post is available from Spring 2015 and is full time for up to 3.5 years, 
attracting a salary of between £28,695 to £47,328 per annum depending upon 
experience. The closing date for applications is 30 January. Further details 
below:
http://www.reading.ac.uk/about/jobs/about-job-details.aspx?vacancy_id=98796587J7

The Research Scientist will contribute to a multi-institute European Union 7th 
Framework Programme project, "Dynamics-aerosol-chemistry-cloud interactions in 
West Africa" (DACCIWA), which will quantify the influence of anthropogenic and 
natural emissions on the atmospheric composition over South West Africa and 
assess their impact on human and ecosystem health and agricultural 
productivity. Research will be performed to advance knowledge on the radiative 
effects of clouds and aerosols using a regional multi-year multi-satellite 
analysis, and to develop a detailed radiative closure study by exploiting 
airborne and ground-based measurements.

The primary role of the research scientist within DACCIWA is to improve 
fundamental understanding of cloud-aerosol interactions in southern West 
Africa, vital in improving the capability to accurately simulate the west 
African monsoon and its response to climate change. One of the crucial research 
activities in DACCIWA is to conduct a major field campaign from June to July 
2016, involving a wide range of ground-based instrumentation and three European 
research aircraft equipped with chemistry, aerosol, cloud and radiation 
sensors. The Research Scientist will exploit these unique observations along 
with additional satellite datasets to greatly contribute to one of DACCIWA's 
Work Packages on Radiative Processes: 
http://www.dacciwa.eu/projects/radiative-processes

Contributing to deliver a new understanding of the interactions and potential 
feedbacks between cloud/aerosol radiative effects and atmospheric circulations, 
using the multi-satellite datasets and DACCIWA observations. This part will be 
performed in close collaboration with scientists at the UK Met Office and the 
European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).
In addition to the duties above, we welcome the Research Scientist to develop 
his/her own research plan within the context of DACCIWA's Work Packages on 
Radiative Processes.
You will have:
- Ability to conduct research at an internationally recognised level
- Good communication skills, both oral and written
- Good programming skills
- PhD in a physical or mathematical science
- Good publication record given level of experience
- Knowledge of Atmospheric science and Remote sensing
- Experience in analysing large datasets
- Willingness to present work at international conferences
- Effective research collaborator
- For Grade 7: experience in research supervision, or grant proposal writing 
and managing research projects






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