Regional Climate Change Scientist
Country: United Kingdom
Salary Information: £26,010 and for exceptional candidates up to £29,100 + competitive benefits including Civil Service Pension
Background: The Met Office has developed a world-leading capability in regional climate modelling. This includes downscaling of
climate projections in projects delivering regional data for applications in the UK (e.g. UKCP) and Internationally (e.g. CORDEX) as well as more recently developing convection-permitting modelling on climate timescales which has for the first time offered
insights into spatial and temporal characteristics of extreme precipitation for present day and future climates that are not reliably modelled at lower resolution.
An opportunity now exists to be a member of a small new team in Climate Science to further develop this capability jointly with teams in Foundation Science, Weather Science and Applied Science. The team will work, in collaboration, to build, evaluate and apply
a range of regional configurations supporting underpinning development and climate applications of regional climate modelling.
Developing and delivering a strategy for downscaled information for the next UK climate scenarios (UKCPnext) will be a first key priority. This will involve designing, running and evaluating regional configurations for present and future climates for the UK
and contributing to publications documenting the simulations as a state-of-the-art basis for impacts analysis by UK stakeholders.
With engagement from across Climate Science, the team will work to better understand important processes and regional impacts including (but not limited to) wind, drought, hydrological impacts, urban extremes, aerosol-cloud interactions. It is expected that
this will involve expanding the current modelling capability to run a number of other regional model domains (e.g. including Europe, Africa, SE Asia and potentially other regions) as the new HPC capability becomes available.
Job Purpose: A member of a small team of scientists delivering scientific research and policy relevant climate advice on local characteristics
of regional climate and climate change.
Job Responsibilities: To own a small number of defined configurations of the regional climate model including at convective permitting resolutions which can be applied to key regions of MO interest from both science and impacts perspectives.
To contribute to the design, evaluation and delivery of regional downscaling for UKCP, including regional model simulations, understanding and analysis of local climate projections for the UK and contribution to papers documenting the simulations as a world-leading
basis for regional impacts analysis and decision making.
To undertake scientific research on understanding of regional climate processes, including through the use of convective permitting models, such as hydrological impacts (drought, flooding), wind, urban extremes, aerosol-cloud interactions etc.
To contribute to delivery and analysis of regional climate model applications across programmes (HCCP, CSSP, H2020, FCFA) over different regions of the world (Europe, Africa, SE Asia, China) in conjunction with Applied Science.
Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:
1. A PhD in Physical Science or Mathematics (or equivalent research experience in a relevant field)
Strong mathematical and analytical skills.
2. Evidence of a high capacity for innovative thought and problem solving (Visionary).
3. Evidence of capability to work in a highly collaborative environment both internally and externally with good inter-personal skills.
4. Evidence of ability for effective communication both written and oral.
5. Good scientific computing skills including experience with numerical analysis.
Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:
1. Experience of running and analysing limited area climate or weather models on a high performance computer.
2. Understanding of climate projections and climate change.
Additional Supplementary Information: Please note that sponsorship to work in the UK may be available for this post.
Closing date: 24/04/2015