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[Met-jobs] Meteorology, Reading: PDRA on predictability of wind and wind power generation in Mexico

From Oscar Martinez-Alvarado <>
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Date Thu, 24 Jan 2019 11:50:14 +0000

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on a collaborative project between NCAS@Reading, the Department of Meteorology (Reading) and the Renewable Energy Institute (Mexico) to investigate the predictability of wind and wind power generation in Mexico.


The general aim of the project is to investigate the applicability of numerical modelling of weather and climate to the assessment and prediction of wind power in Mexico. The project comprises four aspects: (1) the usefulness of reanalyses to characterise and assess wind resource availability, (2) the impact of model resolution on the assessment of wind resource, (3) the skill of current operational models to predict wind power production at different time scales, and (4) the impact of large-scale drivers (e.g. ENSO, MJO) on the predictability of wind power production. The post-holder will be in charge of studying the predictability of wind in Mexico and its impact on the skill of models to forecast wind power at time scales ranging from the short term to seasonal. As part of the seasonal predictability, the post-holder will investigate the large-scale drivers of wind in Mexico and how they impact the potential to generate wind energy.

The post is funded through a Newton Fund Institutional Links grant for strengthening international collaboration with the Renewable Energy Institute (IER) at the National University of Mexico. Therefore, the post will involve routine teleconferencing with colleagues and students at IER. The post-holder will participate in a Summer School in Mexico as an opportunity to present and discuss their work. An extended visit to IER for up to two months will also be considered.


You will have:

  • A PhD (or nearly obtained PhD) in meteorology or a related quantitative discipline
  • The ability to write and modify computer programs
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to travel to national and international meetings and conferences


More details, a job description and how to apply can be found at


Due to the nature of the funding, this position is to be filled as soon as possible with a fixed end date of 17 January 2020. However, an extension may be possible.


The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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