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[Met-jobs] Research Fellow in modelling East African Climate Dynamics: HyCRISTAL

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Research Fellow in modelling African Climate Dynamics:
Integrating Hydro-Climate Science into Policy Decisions for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure and Livelihoods in East Africa (HyCRISTAL) project

Fixed term for 36 months - available immediately


Job description:

We seek an ambitious scientist with interests in atmospheric dynamics and climate change to study the role of moist convection in the climate system of East Africa and the implications for projections of change. Many aspects of climate projections for East Africa are uncertain, in particular for rainfall, floods and droughts, and the rapidly growing population is vulnerable to such changes.

You will be a part of the international HyCRISTAL consortium that is led from Leeds and has members in East Africa, the UK and the USA. You will use kilometre-scale convection-permitting simulations of current and future African climate, run within the DfID-NERC “Future Climate for Africa” (FCFA) programme, to understand future extreme rainfall and dry spells in East Africa and how the representation of convection in models affects regional circulations and climate projections. You will work with the HyCRISTAL team, and others in FCFA, to address FCFA’s aims of reducing uncertainty in the projections of African climate on the 5-40 year timescale, and making better use of climate information for improved decision-making for those time-scales.

The £4M HyCRISTAL consortium is one of five consortia within the FCFA programme. It is working with the HyNEWS programme, which is supported by the World Meteorological Organisation. You will be joining other climate-researchers working on FCFA at Leeds, as well as a much larger group working on tropical weather and climate. You will therefore be part of a large collaborative research team, which includes expertise in East Africa climate change, observations, modelling and tropical meteorology, as well as interacting with colleagues with expertise in impacts of climate change, engineering and economics. You will have close collaboration with colleagues at Leeds, the Met Office and elsewhere, especially those working in the IMPALA (Improving Model Processes for African cLimAte) project, which is supplying most of the model data for HyCRISTAL. You will communicate effectively throughout the project with those researching climate-change impacts, to ensure a two-way flow of information, participate in at least annual meetings in East Africa and help host visiting scientists from East Africa.

This project presents a unique opportunity: the multi-year convection-permitting numerical simulations to be used in HyCRISTAL represent a step-change in our ability to model tropical rainfall, an outstanding research challenge of global significance. The results will be used to improve our theoretical and conceptual understanding of climate change and climate variability in the tropics, and will influence the interpretation of climate predictions at local level. The models and their interpretation will also be used to drive collaborative work on physical, ecological and socio-economic impacts of climate change in the region, with our partners conducting studies on impacts on rural livelihoods and urban water supply and sanitation in particular.  You will contribute to our understanding of how global climate change has impacts on local and regional climate of Africa. There is the potential for a number of important publications arising from the work. We aim that the results will increase confidence in model climate projections for Africa, and will influence methods and policies for exploitation of climate projections in tropical continental regions.
You will be expected to contribute to the ongoing research in atmospheric science in the School. Your work will lead to significant publications in atmospheric and climate science and you will also present your research at national and international meetings. You will communicate outcomes of the research to relevant stakeholders outside academia.

You must have a PhD (or be close to obtaining) in a quantitative physical science, such as Atmosphere Science, Physics, Applied Mathematics or Meteorology, and experience of the use of large numerical model datasets. You should be willing to collaborate actively with partners in Africa, the UK and the USA. You will be used to programming on a Unix/Linux operating system and have excellent communication skills.

The University of Leeds’ commitment to women in science has been recognised with a national accolade. The University has received the Athena Swan Bronze Award in recognition of our success in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).  The Faculty of Environment are in the process of preparing an application for an Athena Swan award to recognise our commitment and work in these areas.

The University also offers family friendly policies including generous maternity and paternity leave; full details of the policies can be found here University Grade 7 (£31,656-£37,768 p.a.) 

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr John Marsham, email, tel +44 (0)113 343 6422

Closing Date: 10 January 2016

Ref: ENVEE1088

Dr John Marsham,                                                            
Academic Research Fellow (Water@Leeds)
Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS)
School of Earth and Environment
University of Leeds                                                                       Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6422
LS2 9JT, UK                                                                                 Fax: +44 (0) 113 343 5259
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