UK: NCAS Research Fellow in Volcanic Ash Modelling and Data Assimilation at University of Leeds

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Duration: Fixed term for 24 months, to commence as soon as possible

Description: The project contributes to the work of NERC’s National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) in supporting the national response to volcanic ash hazards. NCAS is one of NERC’s six research centres, with responsibility of providing national capability and coordinating strategic research on behalf of the UK atmospheric science research community. The NCAS Headquarters are at the University of Leeds. You will contribute to the modelling effort at NCAS Leeds which is developing a plume dispersal model utilising the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model. Your work will make use of data from a range of both ground and airborne instruments operated by NCAS and the opportunity will arise to be involved in these observational activities.This work is expected to lead to further funding opportunities, the application for which you will be expected to contribute.

Eligibilty: You will have a PhD in either mathematics, meteorology, physics or chemistry (or related field) with significant experience in both the analysis of atmospheric measurement data and its use and assimilation into models. You will also have the ability to work proactively, taking the initiative to drive the project forward and good communication and interpersonal skills.

You will be based within NCAS at the University of Leeds but the work will involve collaboration with both the UK and Icelandic Meteorological Offices in addition to other academic parties.

Information about NCAS: can be found at

Salary: University Grade 7 (£30,424 – £36,298 p.a.)

Informal enquiries:   made to Professor Stephen Mobbs, email, tel +44 (0)113 343 5158 or Dr Ralph Burton,, tel +44 (0)113 343 1587

Closing Date: 1 September 2013
(Redeployment Closing Date: 1 August 2013)

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