Research Scientist in Arctic Variability and Predictability University of Reading, Department of Meteorology United Kingdom



Job Reference : SRF20553


Location : Whiteknights Reading UK


Closing Date : 27/10/2017


Live Date : 15/09/2017


Salary : £29,799 to £41,212 per annum (Grade 6 or 7 depending on experience)


Employment Type : AR-Research


School / Function : School of Mathematical Physical & Computational Sciences


Department : Meteorology


Hours Per week : 1.00 FTE


Contract Duration : Fixed-term for up to 3 years


We are seeking to employ a talented researcher to study Arctic variability and predictability, with a focus on seasonal to decadal timescales. There is a growing need for seasonal-to-decadal timescale climate forecasts to help inform local communities and industry stakeholders. This project will seek to better understand the role of natural climate fluctuations in producing recent Arctic sea ice changes on these timescales, and whether they are predictable.


You will be responsible for: (i) analysing global climate simulations, observations & reanalyses to examine the physical mechanisms of Arctic sea ice & ocean variability, and (ii) designing, producing & analysing a large ensemble of simulations to estimate Arctic predictability as part of a wider European collaboration (APPLICATE). Effective collaboration with other members of the research team and


APPLICATE ( collaborators will be required.


You will have:

shortly be expected to achieve:

-        A PhD or equivalent in physical or mathematical sciences

-        Experience of analysing or running climate models

-        Strong scientific computing skills

-        An understanding of physical processes relating to Arctic climate


Department of Meteorology, University of Reading


The Department of Meteorology at Reading is the largest of its kind in Europe with over 40 academic staff, 20 senior research staff and fellowship holders, around 90 postdocs and around 70 PhD students. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 86% of our research was graded as world class or internationally excellent and were ranked third in the country in the "Earth Systems and Environmental Science" category for Research Power. The Department hosts around 25 Met Office scientists, the Climate Division of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS-Climate), as well as the directorate of NCAS Models and Data and part of the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM).


Informal contact details

Contact role:

Principal Investigator

Contact name:

Prof Ed Hawkins

Contact phone:

 +44 (0)118 378 7991

Contact email:


Closing date: 27 October 2017


Interview date to be confirmed


The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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