Climate Dynamics

The topic of climate dynamics and statistics concerns long term changes in weather patterns, usually of high impact on society, including phenomena like El Nino, Arctic climate and sea-ice changes, mid-latitude storm tracks, changes in monsoon systems, wildfires and seasonal prediction.

The link between climate change and weather (which ultimately impacts people on regional scales) has been a strategic objective of the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) in the School of Earth and Environment (SEE) for several years. We have strength in the modelling and observation of processes driving weather and climate and we are now looking to add a global perspective on how high-impact phenomena are changing.

The aims of this fellowship are to: create a capacity in ICAS to tackle the most pressing climate change and high impact weather phenomena of high interest to the public and policy makers; to conduct high-impact research into global and regional climate dynamics and its link to operational prediction; to apply process-level research in ICAS to questions of global and regional weather and climate prediction.

You will develop a research profile that will contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020, with a sustained record of internationally excellent (and some world-leading) publications and a strong record of presentations at international conferences.  High impact outcomes may include contribution to seasonal prediction methods for key parts of the world (e.g. N Atlantic/Europe) and impact on policy through the determination of climate impacts of regional emissions.  You will be expected to respond to calls regarding regional climate and seasonal prediction (e.g. from NERC) and to develop collaborations on major thematic programmes and consortia.  Your research will feed directly into undergraduate and postgraduate courses and you will develop the potential to bring physical science to socio-economic students.

With a PhD in atmospheric science, you will have a strong research record in global and regional climate processes, the ability to teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as a clear and compelling vision for personal academic development.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Ken Carslaw, Director of Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, tel: +44 (0)113 343 1597, email:   

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