Research Fellow in Tropical Meteorology

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7065020 (Ref.No. ENVEE1389)
Posted: March 4, 2020

Job Description

Do you have a background in tropical meteorology, dynamical meteorology, weather forecasting, convection, climate and weather model evaluation, or a related field?  Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities and gain teaching experience in an international context?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a postdoctoral researcher to investigate the behaviour and development of mesoscale convective systems (MCSs) and their contribution to high-impact weather, as part of the Severe Precipitation In South East Asia (SPISEA) project, part of Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership (WCSSP) South East Asia. SPISEA is a research project led by the University of Leeds in collaboration with the University of Reading, funded through the Met Office Newton Fund. The project’s principal investigator is Dr Simon Peatman, working with co-investigators Dr Juliane Schwendike, Dr Cathryn Birch and Dr Sam Hardy at the University of Leeds, and Dr Thorwald Stein at the University of Reading.

As part of this project you will produce a five-year data set of MCSs over South East Asia from satellite observations.  You will perform a statistical analysis to investigate how MCS characteristics depend on large-scale drivers such as the MJO, equatorial waves, Borneo vortices, and northerly and easterly surge events.  You will carry out a physical interpretation of the results in order to provide forecasters with improved understanding of the development of MCSs.  You will build on the knowledge gained to identify and investigate MCS case studies over South East Asia, analysing convection-permitting Met Office Unified Model (MetUM) forecasts.  You will use the results to improve knowledge of the emergence of high-impact weather and, via the development of MCSs, its dependence on atmospheric conditions on both large and local scales.

You will join one of the most research-active universities for atmospheric science in the UK (Leeds is rated 7th in the world in the Shanghai global rankings for atmospheric science, and 1st in the UK). Within the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS), you will join a large group of tropical meteorologists and dynamicists, who together have an outstanding track record on South East Asia, the tropics and convection. Together with the opportunity to work with world-leading scientists at the University of Reading, the Met Office and in South East Asia, this provides an excellent opportunity for an individual with a long-term interest in this field.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Simon Peatman


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
due to funding restrictions we will not appoint above £36,914 p.a
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 31 March 2021)
Release Date:  Monday 02 March 2020
Closing Date:  Monday 30 March 2020
Reference:  ENVEE1389


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