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Research Associate - Atmospheric Composition (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a two-year post-doctoral research associate position, with potential to extend longer, funded through the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), in the atmospheric chemistry modelling research groups of Dr Alex Archibald and Prof John Pyle. The focus of our research is how changes in atmospheric composition affect the Earth System, and vice versa. Our principal research tool is UM-UKCA, a chemistry-aerosol and climate model integrated into the Met Office Unified Model. Ongoing projects include studies of how the stratospheric ozone layer will recover, how changes in natural and anthropogenic emissions affect tropospheric ozone and tropospheric oxidation processes, and how these changes interact with changes in climate.

We are looking for a highly motivated and technically proficient scientist with a good track record at problem solving using numerical models and with experience in software/HPC science. You will be working as part of a team of researchers helping to develop and exploit UM-UKCA. Model development and support will be key components of the role: the successful candidate will be engaged in both the development of extended functionality for UM-UKCA as well as support of UM-UKCA projects led both nationally and internationally.

Applicants must have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in physical or computational sciences (or similar relevant experience); desirable fields of study include atmospheric science, ocean science, computational mathematics and physics. Experience with the Unified Model or atmospheric modelling is desirable. Experience interpreting large datasets using software such as Python, R or Matlab is highly desirable. Experience developing and running computer code on HPC is essential.

The post is available immediately. Interviews will take place week beginning 16th April 2018

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), the names of 2 referees, a covering letter and publications list in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For queries regarding applying online for this post, please contact Alice Wood (email:

Please quote reference MA14912 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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