January 2020
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[Met-jobs] Research Scientist / Senior Research Scientist in Climatology

From "Kent, Elizabeth C." <>
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Date Wed, 22 Jan 2020 10:30:08 +0000


National Oceanography Centre (NOC); Southampton, UK


Fixed term appointment (End date 30 Sept 2023); Full time (37 hours per week)


Salary: £35,360 - £38,790 per annum (Band 6) or £43,730 - £48,100 per annum (Band 5)


Closing date: 16th February 2020


About the Role:


GloSAT is a £3.7m project funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) that will construct and analyse a new multi-century Global Surface Air Temperature climate data record. Led by NOC, this four-year project also includes researchers from the Met Office and the Universities of Reading, East Anglia, Edinburgh, York and Southampton.


We are looking for an independently-minded scientist to work on the project who is able to combine statistical and physical models of uncertainty to evaluate marine air temperature observations and construct a new long climate record of temperature change. The successful candidate will lead research to develop and analyse a new marine air temperature dataset as part of the NOC contribution to GloSAT.


The successful applicant will work to assess the quality of marine air temperature records going back to around 1790 and understand the influence of solar radiation on observations made on different types of ships and with different types of radiation shelters. Observational biases will be modelled, and adjustments for bias developed and applied; the residual uncertainty and its correlation structure will then be quantified. The observations will be used to construct gridded fields, building on methods already in use at NOC. As part of this work the post-holder will collaborate with researchers at the University of East Anglia who will perform complementary analyses for observations over land. They will also work closely with researchers at the Universities of Reading and Southampton who will rescue data and apply machine learning techniques to extend and improve the marine observations. The Met Office will co-ordinate the construction of global air temperature fields (land-ocean-ice) and the post-holder will need to ensure that the marine data and their uncertainties are in suitable form for incorporation into the global analyses.


The role also includes the evaluation of the marine and global gridded analyses, including their co-evaluation with land and ice data at coasts (in collaboration with the University of York and the data developers as above). The datasets will be used to understand our changing climate by researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh and Reading, the post-holder will advise on how best to use the marine datasets and their uncertainties in this research.


Whilst this is a fixed term appointment, there may be potential to convert to a permanent appointment subject to operational requirements.

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