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[Met-jobs] Two Senior Research Associate positions in tropical meteorology / oceanography

From Adrian Matthews <a.j.matthews@uea.ac.uk>
To Met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk
Date Mon, 26 Feb 2018 16:23:24 +0000

Two SRA positions are available in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. 

The closing date for both is 19 March 2018. 

Details of the two posts are below:

To apply for either vacancy and for further particulars, please follow the online instructions at: https://myview.uea.ac.uk/webrecruitment/


Senior Research Associate Ÿ Ref: RA1500

 

£32,548 to £38,833 per annum

 

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Research Associate (SRA) to undertake research in the physical oceanographic and meteorological processes in the Bay of Bengal and the South Asian monsoon.  The SRA will work with Professor Adrian Matthews on the UK Natural Environment Research Council and India Ministry of Earth Sciences funded Bay of Bengal Boundary Layer Experiment (BoBBLE) project.

 

The South Asian summer monsoon (June-September) provides 80% of the annual rainfall for over one billion people, many of whom depend on monsoon rains for subsistence agriculture and fresh water.  Ocean-atmosphere interactions are a key process in monsoon behaviour. The BoBBLE project consisted of a fieldwork component during the summer monsoon season of 2016.  An oceanographic research ship and twelve autonomous marine vehicles (five gliders and seven floats) were deployed in the southern Bay of Bengal to measure oceanographic and meteorological processes.

 

The SRA will continue the analysis of the extensive BoBBLE data set to examine the role of ocean-atmosphere processes in regulating the Asian summer monsoon. They will analyse the glider data and compare these with theory and numerical model output. They will lead publications to publish the results in international peer reviewed journals.

 

The research will be based within the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS) at UEA.

 

Essential requirements for the post include a PhD in physical oceanography or meteorology or climate science, and a publication record showing evidence of international quality. You should have excellent oral and written communication skills, with experience of presenting results at conferences. You should be able to meet the essential criteria set out in the Person Specification.

 

This full time post is available from 15 May 2018 for a fixed term period of up to 20 Months.



Senior Research Associate Ÿ Ref: RA1501

 

£32,548 to £38,833 per annum

 

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Research Associate to undertake research in the physical oceanographic and meteorological processes in the Indian Ocean and Maritime Continent.  The SRA will work with Professor Adrian Matthews on the UK Natural Environment Research Council and US National Science Foundation funded Equatorial Line Observations (ELO) project.

 

The Maritime Continent is the tropical archipelago between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, consisting of the large islands of Sumatra, Java, Borneo, New Guinea, and the Philippines, Peninsular Malaysia, and many smaller islands, set amongst shallow seas. It lies at the heart of the tropical warm pool – the region of high sea surface temperatures that extend from the Indian Ocean into the western Pacific.  As such, it is sometimes termed the “boiler box” of the Earth’s climate system.  Multiple atmospheric convective systems (thunderstorms) over the area combine to produce a region of intense rainfall.  The energy liberated by these convective systems is a major heat source in the Earth’s atmosphere, and can drive weather and climate patterns across the globe.

 

The individual atmospheric convective systems over the Maritime Continent are organised into much larger systems, such as convectively coupled Kelvin waves (CCKWs) and the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO).  The dynamics and interactions of CCKWs and the MJO are only partially known, and represent a major research challenge in tropical climate dynamics.  A crucial part of these systems are their interactions with the ocean, which can strongly modify the development and propagation of the atmospheric weather systems.

 

The ELO project seeks to understand the dynamics of CCKWs over the Maritime Continent, and their interaction with other modes of variability such as the MJO.  ELO is centred on a major fieldwork programme in the Maritime Continent, from November 2018 to February 2019.

 

The SRA will be responsible for the oceanographic part of the ELO field programme, under the supervision of the project Investigators.  This will involve the deployment, piloting and recovery of two ocean gliders in the eastern Indian Ocean, and analysis of the subsequent data to examine the role of ocean-atmosphere processes in CCKWs. They will lead publications to publish the results in international peer reviewed journals.

 

The research will be based within the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS) at UEA.

 

Essential requirements for the post include a PhD in physical oceanography or meteorology or climate science, and a publication record showing evidence of international quality. You should have excellent oral and written communication skills, with experience of presenting results at conferences. You should be able to meet the essential criteria set out in the Person Specification.

 

This full time post is available from 15 June 2018 for a fixed term period of up to 19 Months.

 

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Professor Adrian Matthews
Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
School of Environmental Sciences / School of Mathematics
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK
t: +44(0)1603 593733
e: a.j.matthews@uea.ac.uk
w: envam1.env.uea.ac.uk 

Xu G, Osborn TJ, Matthews AJ, 2017: Moisture transport by Atlantic tropical cyclones onto the North American continent. Climate Dyn., 48, 3161-3182.

Gold (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017)
UK Top 15 (The Times/Sunday Times 2017 and Complete University Guide 2018)
World Top 200 (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017)


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