Research Associate in Reduced-Complexity Climate Modelling for Understanding Overshoot Risks
Imperial College London Centre for Environmental Policy
United Kingdom

Job summary

We are seeking to recruit a creative Research Associate to develop climate modelling tools and carry out high-impact research! You will become an active member of two international research consortia (ESM2025 and PROVIDE) and join the Centre for Environmental Policy. ESM2025 and PROVIDE are two EU-funded research consortia that work to connect exciting new science to society. ESM2025 – Earth system models for the future – is a new and...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT01253
  • Date posted 6 September 2022
  • Closing date 6 October 2022

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus - Hybrid
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £43,093 – £50,834 plus benefits
  • Department Centre for Environmental Policy
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking to recruit a creative Research Associate to develop climate modelling tools and carry out high-impact research! You will become an active member of two international research consortia (ESM2025 and PROVIDE) and join the Centre for Environmental Policy.

ESM2025 and PROVIDE are two EU-funded research consortia that work to connect exciting new science to society. ESM2025 – Earth system models for the future – is a new and ambitious European research project that will build a novel generation of Earth system models in support of mitigation and adaptation strategies in line with the commitments of the UN Paris Agreement. PROVIDE is a highly collaborative international project delivering concrete climate information on the risks of overshooting the temperature limits of the Paris Agreement. PROVIDE links global emission pathways to regional sectoral impacts, urban climate risk projections, and assessments of unavoidable impacts and limits to adaptation. A core emphasis of the project lies in translating scientific insights for users in four iconic regions around the globe (in the Mediterranean, the Artic, the Caribbean, and the Indus basin), and making them available through an online open-source platform.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be part of the team responsible for developing tools to translate climate science advances to insights for real-world users, led by Dr Joeri Rogelj at the Centre for Environmental Policy, in close collaboration with the partner Climate Analytics and the wider PROVIDE and ESM2025 consortia. You will research and co-develop open-source climate modelling tools and contribute to the climate risk dashboard that the PROVIDE project will deliver.

This will involve the development of methods to capture climate uncertainties in simple climate models, for example, by adding a simplified nitrogen cycle, understanding the implications of these uncertainties for overshooting risks, and providing data to translate these insights for users. This activity will contribute to community efforts to provide open-source analytical tools for climate change research.

You will be an active member of the thriving academic community at the College, with opportunities to participate in seminars, receive targeted training, and engage with MSc and PhD students.

Essential requirements

You will have a PhD (or equivalent) in an area relevant to climate science, modelling, or research software development.

In addition, we are looking for candidates with the following essential criteria:

  • Excellent knowledge of climate science and biogeochemical cycles
  • Knowledge of scientific computing languages, including excellent knowledge of Python, and collaborative programming processes, or a demonstrable ability to reach this level in the first two months of the project
  • Creative approach to problem-solving, and ability to develop and apply new concepts
  • Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly for publication
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to prioritise own work to deliver on time
  • Being service oriented and working towards the project’s overall success
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to be open-minded and cooperative
  • Flexible approach to work
  • Willingness to undertake any necessary training for the role

Further information

This is a full time, fixed term position for up to 24 months starting in January 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter. You will be based at South Kensington Campus.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £38,194 - £41,388 per annum.

Useful links:

ESM2025: https://www.esm2025.eu/

PROVIDE: https://www.provide-h2020.eu/

Centre for Environmental Policy: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/environmental-policy

Should you have any queries about the role, please contact:

Dr. Joeri Rogelj – j.rogelj@imperial.ac.uk

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes which are ultimately aimed towards finding new treatments and making scientific and medical advances, and where there are no satisfactory or reasonably practical alternatives to their use. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. Find out more about animal research at Imperial.


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