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[Met-jobs] PDRA position at the University of Cambridge in volcanic plume modelling

From Anja Schmidt <>
Date Sun, 20 Jan 2019 08:40:31 +0000

Dear All,


I’d like to advertise a post-doctoral researcher position (fixed term, 40 months) in volcanic plume modelling to join my group at the University of Cambridge.


Research Associate - Numerical modelling of volcanic plume dispersion and volcanic impacts

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to join the group of Dr Anja Schmidt on a NERC-funded consortium project (V-PLUS) aimed at improving our understanding of volcanic plume processes and our ability to forecast the dispersion of volcanic plumes by integrating remote-sensing, in-situ observations and numerical models. The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplinary research team involving the Universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Oxford, Cardiff and Leeds as well as the Met Office. The candidate will run and develop numerical models and mathematical tools to simulate the dispersion of volcanic plumes, and to assess their atmospheric and societal impacts. Working in close collaboration with the Met Office, a major aim is to improve current operational forecasting capabilities by integrating in-situ measurements, satellite-based datasets and numerical techniques gathered within the V-PLUS project. Overall, this is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious researcher to become a leader in the numerical modelling and impact assessment of gas-rich and ash-rich volcanic plumes.

The successful candidate will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in atmospheric science, meteorology, physics or mathematics. Experience with numerical techniques as applied to the modelling of atmospheric processes would be advantageous. Further details can be found in the Further Particulars.

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Dr Anja Schmidt (

The Department of Chemistry holds an Athena SWAN silver award for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

For more details and to apply please use the following link:

All the best,



Dr Anja Schmidt

Interdisciplinary Lecturer



T: @volcanofile

P: +44 (0) 1223 336369


Department of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
Lensfield Rd, Cambridge CB2 1EW, UK




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