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Research Associate - Numerical modelling of volcanic plume dispersion and volcanic impacts (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years 4 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to join the group of Dr Anja Schmidt on a NERC-funded consortium project (V-PLUS) aimed at improving our understanding of volcanic plume processes and our ability to forecast the dispersion of volcanic plumes by integrating remote-sensing, in-situ observations and numerical models. The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplinary research team involving the Universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Oxford, Cardiff and Leeds as well as the Met Office. The candidate will run and develop numerical models and mathematical tools to simulate the dispersion of volcanic plumes, and to assess their atmospheric and societal impacts. Working in close collaboration with the Met Office, a major aim is to improve current operational forecasting capabilities by integrating in-situ measurements, satellite-based datasets and numerical techniques gathered within the V-PLUS project. Overall, this is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious researcher to become a leader in the numerical modelling and impact assessment of gas-rich and ash-rich volcanic plumes.

The successful candidate will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in atmospheric science, meteorology, physics or mathematics. Experience with numerical techniques as applied to the modelling of atmospheric processes would be advantageous. Further details can be found in the Further Particulars.

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), a covering letter, a publications list and a statement up to 2 pages long describing how your past research experience and achievements relate to the aims and objectives of the V-PLUS project, 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. 

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Dr Anja Schmidt (

Please quote reference MA17950 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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