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[Met-jobs] PhD studentship on Seasonal forecasts of East African rainfall

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Date Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:44:54 +0000

PhD studentship on Seasonal forecasts of East African rainfall

NERC Industrial CASE PhD studentship within the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS), in the School of Earth and Environment (SEE) at the University of Leeds and in collaboration with the Met Office.

Supervisors: Dr Cathryn Birch (Leeds), Dr John Marsham (Leeds), Prof. Adam Scaife (Met Office)

East African people and their economy are heavily reliant on rain-fed agriculture. The region is therefore extremely vulnerable to drought, heavy rain and flooding. Local meteorological agencies regard forecasts that predict rainfall 1-3 months ahead of time (i.e. seasonal forecasts) as a priority, yet this is one of the most challenging timescales for weather prediction. The student will work with scientists at Leeds and the Met Office to understand the reasons behind extreme rainfall and drought in East Africa using the Met Office’s state-of-the-art seasonal forecasting system. The student will join a group of active researchers focused on the African region.

A detailed project description and details of how to apply can be found here:


This project has guaranteed funding and a CASE award from the Met Office, i.e. applicants will not be in competition with applicants for other projects within the Leeds-York NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).


UK nationals and those EU nationals who have spent the 3 years immediately preceding the PhD in the UK undertaking undergraduate study or undergraduate study plus a postgraduate Masters are eligible. Other EU candidates are eligible but the funding would cover the fees only. Non-EU candidates are not eligible unless they have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or Refugee status.

Application deadline is 11th January but prospective students are encouraged to enquire informally to Dr Cathryn Birch ( before this date.

Dr Cathryn Birch

University Academic Fellow

MetOffice@Leeds Senior Scientist

Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science,

School of Earth and Environment,

University of Leeds,

Leeds, UK,


+44 (0) 11334 39831



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