[Met-jobs] Post-doctoral Research Position (full time) at the University of Cambridge (UK)

Researcher in Volcanic Plume Modelling

We seek to recruit a postdoctoral researcher to join a major
NERC-funded initiative that seeks to “improve characterisation of
the multiphase processes experienced by volcanic emissions from
source to sink to enable a significant step-change in our ability
to predict eruption cloud evolution and deposition”. The project
is titled Radar-supported Next-Generation Forecasting of Volcanic
Ash Hazard (R4AsH), and is led by Lancaster University. R4AsH is a
collaboration between the universities of Lancaster, Cambridge,
Oxford, Reading and St Andrews with additional partners in the UK
Met Office, Italy, Switzerland and the US. By combining laboratory
experiments and satellite data with numerical modelling, the
project will explore the potential of millimetre-wave radar for
providing near real-time measurements of ash particle size and
number density in volcanic plumes.

The researcher will be based at the University of Cambridge and
will apply analytical and numerical skills to characterize the
eruption source terms needed for volcanic ash transport and
deposition models. The post will be supervised by Dr Michael
Herzog and will be based in the atmospheric and volcanic processes
group at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge. It
will focus on the application of the Active Tracer High-Resolution
Atmospheric Model (ATHAM) for detailed near-vent plume modelling.
A particular focus will be on the impact and efficiency of ash
aggregation. Model outputs will be used to generate radar
backscatter properties that will help to guide the application of
ground-based radar equipment for real-time measurements of
volcanic ash clouds.

Applicants should have a doctorate in atmospheric or
environmental science, physical volcanology, physics, applied
mathematics or a related field and, ideally, a strong background
in numerical modelling and fluid dynamics. Proficiency in computer
programming (e.g. FORTRAN) is expected.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Dr Michael Herzog by
email, mh526@cam.ac.uk.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months
in the first instance.

Salary range: £32,236-£39,609
Closing date: 10 February 2019
Interviews are expected to take place w/c February 25th 2019

Expected start date: April 2019, however, later start dates will
be considered.

To apply online for this vacancy, please go to http://bit.ly/2Fxz8nx

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