[Met-jobs] Research Scientist position, University of Reading

Research Scientist wanted at the University of Reading to work within the Department of Meteorology investigating cloud-aerosol interactions and climate in West Africa as part of a large EU project (www.dacciwa.eu).

The post is available from Spring 2015 and is full time for up to 3.5 years, attracting a salary of between £28,695 to £47,328 per annum depending upon experience. The closing date for applications is 30 January. Further details below:

The Research Scientist will contribute to a multi-institute European Union 7th Framework Programme project, “Dynamics-aerosol-chemistry-cloud interactions in West Africa” (DACCIWA), which will quantify the influence of anthropogenic and natural emissions on the atmospheric composition over South West Africa and assess their impact on human and ecosystem health and agricultural productivity. Research will be performed to advance knowledge on the radiative effects of clouds and aerosols using a regional multi-year multi-satellite analysis, and to develop a detailed radiative closure study by exploiting airborne and ground-based measurements.

The primary role of the research scientist within DACCIWA is to improve fundamental understanding of cloud-aerosol interactions in southern West Africa, vital in improving the capability to accurately simulate the west African monsoon and its response to climate change. One of the crucial research activities in DACCIWA is to conduct a major field campaign from June to July 2016, involving a wide range of ground-based instrumentation and three European research aircraft equipped with chemistry, aerosol, cloud and radiation sensors. The Research Scientist will exploit these unique observations along with additional satellite datasets to greatly contribute to one of DACCIWA’s Work Packages on Radiative Processes: http://ift.tt/1A0pq3f

Contributing to deliver a new understanding of the interactions and potential feedbacks between cloud/aerosol radiative effects and atmospheric circulations, using the multi-satellite datasets and DACCIWA observations. This part will be performed in close collaboration with scientists at the UK Met Office and the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).
In addition to the duties above, we welcome the Research Scientist to develop his/her own research plan within the context of DACCIWA’s Work Packages on Radiative Processes.
You will have:
– Ability to conduct research at an internationally recognised level
– Good communication skills, both oral and written
– Good programming skills
– PhD in a physical or mathematical science
– Good publication record given level of experience
– Knowledge of Atmospheric science and Remote sensing
– Experience in analysing large datasets
– Willingness to present work at international conferences
– Effective research collaborator
– For Grade 7: experience in research supervision, or grant proposal writing and managing research projects

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