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[Met-jobs] Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham (UK)

From Martin Widmann <>
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Date Wed, 3 Jun 2020 14:08:14 +0000

Dear all,

The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham (UK) is offering a position for a postdoctoral Research Fellow to improve forecasts for heavy rainfall over India. The position will be at least until end of February 2021, potentially until end of April 2021.

The Research Fellow will develop a postprocessing method based on multivariate quantile mapping for rainfall forecasts with the global and regional forecast models of the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF, India). The position is part of the ongoing project ‘HEavy precipitation forecast Post-processing over India’ (HEPPI), which is funded by the UK Newton Fund through the ‘Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership’ (WCSSP) programme. The researcher will work with Dr. Martin Widmann, Dr. Michael Angus, and Prof. Gregor Leckebusch at the University of Birmingham, and with Dr. Andrew Orr at the British Antarctic Survey. The multivariate quantile mapping method will be compared with other postprocessing methods developed within HEPPI and the best-performing one will be implemented for operational use.

The HEPPI project is undertaken in close collaboration with NCMRWF and the UK Met Office.  HEPPI is one out of seven WCSSP-India projects, and joint meetings will provide an opportunity for networking.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD, or be very close to completion, in meteorology, climate science, physics, mathematics, statistics or related fields. He/she will have experience with the analysis of simulated or observed meteorological data, or with advanced statistical methods or mathematical modelling. Essential programming skills are UNIX/LINUX, and programming languages such as R, MATLAB or Python.

The application deadline is 19th June 2020. The planned starting date is 15th July 2020.

For a full job description and submission of an online application please visit and select reference (keyword) 96028.

Further enquiries can be addressed to Martin Widmann (

Best regards,

Martin Widmann


Dr. Martin Widmann
Senior Lecturer in Climate Science
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tel.    +44 (0) 121 4145553
Fax.   +44 (0) 121 4145528



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