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[Met-jobs] Research Scientist in understanding monsoon climate change / University of Reading

From Andy Turner <>
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Date Sun, 15 Dec 2019 18:26:14 +0000

Research Scientist in understanding monsoon climate change at University of Reading Department of Meteorology / National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS)

We are seeking to employ a talented and creative researcher to study emerging patterns of change in rainfall in monsoon regions around the globe, using the latest climate models contributing to the CMIP6 multi-model database and its associated Model Intercomparison Projects (MIPs).  The monsoons supply the majority of rainfall to around two-thirds of the global population (e.g. 80% of annual rainfall in India arises from the summer monsoon), so understanding how monsoons have changed in the past and why and by how much they will change in the future is vital to society.  Despite the monsoon’s importance, model simulations are still affected by large biases, affecting our understanding of the physical mechanisms of change.  Models also simulate a wide range of possible changes in the future, in part related to uncertainty in aerosol distributions and in modelling the effects of aerosol processes; this affects our confidence in future projections.

You will join the Emergence of Climate Hazards (“EMERGENCE”) project at University of Reading, as part of a larger team led by University of Exeter.  The position is available for up to 22 months, to start March 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

You will have:

  • A PhD (or shortly expected to achieve) or equivalent in physical or mathematical sciences;
  • An understanding of physical processes relating to weather & climate;
  • Experience of analysing output of weather or climate models;
  • Good programming skills in Python or another appropriate data processing and visualisation language.

The likely work in the project will encompass:

  • Use MIPs such as DAMIP and AerChemMIP to diagnose what aspects of monsoon change can be attributed to external forcing such as greenhouse gas and aerosol emissions;
  • Evaluate the spread in model projections for the global monsoon and regional monsoons in SSPs of the CMIP6 archive in the near and far terms;
  • Understand the spread in future projections of patterns of monsoon rainfall in SSPs, for example by comparing models with varying complexities of aerosol process representation;
  • Use data from new large ensembles to assess the interplay between external forcing and internal variability in determining future projections of rainfall for the monsoon regions.

See the person specification for a full list of requirements, and further information on the post at  Closing date is 21 January 2020.

Note that applications must be made via the above link and via personal email.  However we welcome informal enquiries about the role, to Andy Turner ( or Laura Wilcox (

Best regards,

Andy Turner




Dr Andrew Turner – National Centre for Atmospheric Science

& Department of Meteorology

Associate Professor in Monsoon Systems - MPhys MInstP FHEA


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