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[Met-jobs] PhD on wave scattering by snowflakes

From Chris Westbrook <>
Date Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:05:36 +0100

We are looking for a candidate with a strong academic background in a physical or mathematical science for a PhD on "Fast, approximate methods for electromagnetic wave scattering by complex ice crystals and snowflakes."

The project is supervised by Dr Chris Westbrook (Department of Meteorology) and Dr Andrea Moiola (Department of Mathematics and Statistics) at the University of Reading, and also involves Dr Anthony Baran from the Met Office as a project partner.

Brief overview: Clouds are the biggest uncertainty in the climate system. There is a great deal of interest and investment in the use of millimetre and sub-mm wavelength electromagnetic waves to determine the properties of cloud particles, such as ice crystals. But the interpretation of these measurements is limited by our lack of understanding about how such waves interact with the crystals. The aim of the proposed studentship is to develop a new, approximate theory for electromagnetic wave scattering by ice crystals. We want to develop a method which captures all of the necessary physics, but no more, leading to a method which is computationally cheap, but numerically accurate. This PhD is an interdisciplinary project between Meteorology and Mathematics, and the student will join vibrant research groups in both departments.

For more details on the project, click here:
To apply for this studentship see

Funding: this project is one of two at Reading proposed for EPSRC funding. The choice of which project will be funded is down to the strength of the student attracted. The EPSRC grant would cover tuition fees + a maintainence grant [see for full details of eligibility]

We welcome informal enquiries about the project, contact or

Chris Westbrook             Department of Meteorology	
Lecturer in Meteorology     University of Reading	
                            Earley Gate			
Lyle 502                    PO Box 243		
Tel (0118) 378 5570         Reading, RG6 6BB				


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