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[Met-jobs] PhD Modelling Position at the University of Liverpool (UK)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:52:36 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

University of Liverpool, National Institute of Health Research’s Health
Protection Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections.

We seek a student with an interest in the application of climate model
data for disease impacts.

Deadline 30th June 2015.

Climate change is a health risk for the U.K. Its effects will include
impacting on future distributions of mosquitoes and infectious diseases,
the introduction and establishment of new mosquito species in the UK,
and increasing the vectors’ ability to transmit pathogens. The recent
discovery that the Culex modestus mosquito has re-established itself in
north Kent illustrates current vulnerabilities that the U.K. faces if
viruses such as West Nile virus were to be introduced.

We seek a student that can process data from climate models (GCMs and
RCMs) and shorter-range (seasonal) forecasts to lead to an operational
threshold and learn to run vector-borne disease models. You will develop
risk maps, for use by decision makers, of current and future threats for
a range of mosquito-borne diseases using both climate indicators and
mosquito-borne disease models.

You will be part of a vibrant vector-borne disease-modelling group that
looks at the impacts of climate on vector-borne diseases. The research
group works within both the School of Environmental Sciences and the
Institute of Infection and Global Health. You will interact with
partners at Public Health England, the Liverpool School of Tropical
Medicine and the U.K. Meteorological Office. You need to be highly
computer literate, with experience in using software such as MatLab, R,
Ferret and/or NCL etc., with Linux/Unix operating systems, writing UNIX
shell scripts, and preferably you will also have programing skills
(Python, C++, Fortran). It is likely your first/Master degree
combination will be in physics, mathematics, meteorology, relevant
environmental science, computing. Ideally, you should have prior
experience of processing climate model data sets.

Initial enquires should be addressed to Professor Andy Morse, School of
Environmental Sciences. eMail <

Full details are available here

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