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[Met-jobs] NCEO vacancies: PDRA King's College; Scientific Programmer Reading

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:25:52 +0000

There are 2 NCEO posts being advertised at present, one for a Research 
Associate at King’s College London, and one for a Scientific Programmer at 
Reading (a PDRA position to develop further and support use of the EMPIRE 
data-assimilation system):

Details are on NCEO’s website:

Research Associate, King’s College London, Geography

Reference: THW/16/059639/000913

Salary Details: £32,600 per annum

Allowances: £2,323 London Allowance

Contract Type: Temporary/Fixed term

Contract Term: Full time

Based at the Strand Campus this post is based within the research team of 
Professor Martin Wooster and focused on the study of biomass burning and their 
emissions to the atmosphere. Whilst based at King’s, the appointee will also be 
affiliated the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO).

The post holder will work on development, use and exploitation of satellite 
data, alongside other environmental datasets. They will study particular 
biomass burning episodes, most likely those exacerbated by the recent (and 
currently ongoing) El Nino event, and will exploit new fire radiative power 
(FRP) measurements now provided by geostationary and polar orbiting spacecraft. 
Some improvement of algorithms required to turn the ‘raw’ satellite thermal 
observations into information on active fires maybe required.

Applicants should have strong experience of working with satellite data/ 
products and be able to code in Python and/or IDL. Experience of working with a 
combination of datasets to investigate particular environmental phenomena will 
be a significant advantage, in order to develop definitive records of 
particular biomass burning episodes.

This is a full time post offered on a fixed-term contract for 11 months. Full 
details of Research Associate post at 

The salary will be paid at Grade 6.31, £32,600 per annum, plus £2,323 per annum 
London Allowance.

Closing date: 21 August 2016


Scientific Programmer, NCEO University of Reading

Reference: SF12022

Salary Details: £28,982-£37,768  per annum

Contract Type: Temporary/Fixed term

Contract Term: The post is full time until the end of May 2018 initially with 
the possibility of entering a 4-year rolling contract.

The post will be funded by the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) and 
will maintain the EMPIRE data-assimilation software system. Data assimilation 
is the science of combining large numerical models of a system with 
observations of that system in a statistically sound way, exploring Bayes 
Theorem. The software system consists of an efficient implementation of several 
state-of-the-art ensemble data-assimilation methods, like Ensemble Kalman 
Filters and Particle Filters. It allows for extremely efficient coupling with 
any numerical geoscience model via MPI. The system needs to be developed 
further, including more data-assimilation methods like efficient particle 
filters and variational methods based on ensemble covariances, automatic 
covariance generation tools, etc. The post is also expected to be actively 
involved in the generation of new nonlinear more efficient data-assimilation 
methods. Furthermore, the usefulness and possibilities of a merger with the 
German PDAF system is to be investigated. An important aspect of the post will 
be support for present and future users of the system.

Closing date: 11th August 2016

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