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[Met-jobs] 30-month PDRA in the Genesis of Deep Atmospheric Convection

From Douglas Parker <>
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Date Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:27:16 +0100

Research Fellow in the Dynamics and Parametrisation of Deep Convection

School of Earth and Environment / School of Mathematics
University of Leeds

To work with Doug Parker, Alan Blyth, Andy Ross, Steven Boeing, John Marsham, Cathyrn Birch, Steven Tobias, Stephen Griffiths

We seek a creative and ambitious scientist with interests in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics to contribute to a programme of original research into the dynamics and parametrisation of moist convection in the atmosphere. The project aims to develop a new theoretical and conceptual understanding of convective cloud genesis, including the sub-cloud dynamics, and the dynamics of the growing updraught. To support this theoretical work you will conduct numerical modelling of convective clouds, studying the basic fluid dynamics of plumes, thermals, updraughts and downdraughts within storms, and investigating the interactions of these systems with the underlying surface and the larger-scale circulation. A statistical framework will be developed, to describe the cloud genesis in terms of stochastic functions which can be included in parametrisation schemes.

The project is funded as part of the NERC-Met Office “ParaCon” programme which will, over the next 5 years, deliver new convective parametrisation schemes to the UK Met Office. You will be part of a large collaborative research team at Leeds, including scientists in the School of Earth and Environment and the School of Mathematics, who have expertise in theory, observations and modelling of convective clouds. You will also collaborate closely with our partners at the Met Office, CNRM (Toulouse) and ICTP (Trieste), as well as other ParaCon partners at the Universities of Exeter, Reading and Cambridge.

You will be expected to contribute to the ongoing research in Atmospheric Science and Fluid Dynamics in the Schools. 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 have a PhD (or be close to submitting) in a quantitative physical science, such as Physics, Applied Mathematics or Meteorology. You will also have a strong interest in and some experience in aspects of Fluid Dynamics in addition to having experience of numerical modelling. You will have an excellent track record of publication in high-quality journals and excellent communication skills. Experience with programming on a linux or unix operating system is desirable.

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 and the Faculty of Environment holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of our success in recruiting, retaining and developing/promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). We are proud of our commitment to equality and inclusiveness.

Job sharing arrangements will be considered

The University also offers family friendly policies including generous maternity and paternity leave; full details of the policies can be found here

Salary:  £31,656 to £37,768 per annum
Contract Type: Fixed Term (30 Months) Closing Date: Sunday 14 August 2016
Reference:  ENVEE1124

Further details:

Informal enquiries may be made to
Doug Parker, tel +44 (0)113 343 6739/6461, email,
Alan Blyth <>,
Steven Boeing <>,
Andrew Ross <>, or
Steve Tobias <>

Joint Met Office Professor of Meteorology
Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
School of Earth and Environment,             tel. +44 (0)113 343-6739
University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK.     fax. +44 (0)113 343-6716

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