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[Met-jobs] Research Associate in Water and Energy Forecasting (Subseasonal-to-Seasonal) at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland (7 months fixed term)

From Christopher White <chris.white@strath.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Sat, 4 May 2019 15:18:07 +0000

The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, possesses a large 
internationally-rated Faculty of Engineering with a proud history of successful 
joint ventures with industrial and enterprise partners. As 'the place of useful 
learning' the University is committed to the advancement of society through the 
pursuit of excellence in research, education and knowledge exchange, and 
through creative engagement with partner organisations at local, national and 
international levels. 

The Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Electronic and 
Electrical Engineering, in partnership with a leading utility company with a 
significant amount of hydropower, seek to appoint a Research Associate in water 
and energy forecasting. This position forms part of an established strategic 
partnership between the University, SSE, Scottish Power and Wood called the Low 
Carbon Power and Energy (LCPE) program. The LCPE is a high-profile programme 
funding excellent collaborative research projects between academia and 
industry, looking to develop new technologies for exploitation. 

This role will involve analysing and post-processing existing 
subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) weather forecasts to develop novel water resource 
forecasts for hydropower applications. You will be supported by an experienced 
academic team with expertise in hydrology, numerical weather prediction and 
energy forecasting, and an industrial partner. 

Under the guidance of the academic team, you will analyse the skill of S2S 
weather forecasts with a focus on hydrology and precipitation in Scotland, and 
develop post-processing techniques in order to produce forecasts to support 
hydropower operations, in cooperation with the industrial partner. In 
particular, you will be expected to write code to implement various forecast 
verification and post-processing tasks, produce high-quality visualisations, 
and develop novel solutions where necessary. This may include both technical 
and practical aspects relating to forecast products, software, and user 
requirements. You will be involved with frequent interaction with industry, 
report and academic paper writing, as well as wider dissemination and 
stakeholder engagement. 

To be considered for this role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level 
in an appropriate discipline, or have significant relevant experience in 
addition to a relevant degree. You should have demonstrable data analysis and 
coding experience. Whilst not essential experience within a relevant 
meteorological and/or hydropower environment is highly desirable, along with 
experience of high performance computing; training in the University’s HPC 
facility will be provided. Applicants should have experience in delivering 
technical reports both written and oral. You will have an ability to plan and 
organise your own workload effectively and an ability to work within a team 
environment. You will have excellent troubleshooting skills, including a 
methodical approach to solving complex problems, and the ability to listen, 
engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to 
a range of audiences.

The successful candidate will be managed by Dr Chris White in the Department of 
Civil and Environmental Engineering 
<https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/whitechristopherdr/> in partnership with Dr 
Jethro Browell in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering 
<https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/dowelljethromr/>.

For further details and how to apply, please visit 
<https://www.strath.ac.uk/workwithus/vacancies/> and search for advert 
reference 213643. Applications close 26 May 2019.

Informal enquiries about the position can be directed to Dr White 
<chris.white@strath.ac.uk>. 
 
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Dr Chris White
Senior Lecturer & Director of Postgraduate Research
Centre for Water, Environment, Sustainability and Public Health
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 
University of Strathclyde
Web: <https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/whitechristopherdr/>
Email: <chris.white@strath.ac.uk>
Phone: +44-141-548-4366



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