Postdoctoral Research Associate at Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge

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March 14, 2014

Position available: Postdoctoral Research Associate at Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge

University of CambridgeThe atmospheric process group within the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, UK is looking for a Post-doctoral Research Associate to work on high-resolution (LES) simulations of extreme precipitation events. The focus will be to implement, test and further develop existing physical parameterisations such as cloud microphysics, radiation, surface fluxes and turbulent mixing with a new multi-scale atmospheric modelling framework.

The post is part of the European Consortium PEARL – Preparing for Extreme And Rare events in coastaL regions – and involves contributions from 23 institutions. The main goal of PEARL is to develop adaptive risk management measures and strategies for coastal communities against extreme hydro-meteorological events.

In collaboration with Imperial College, London a new adaptive multi-scale multi-physical atmospheric modelling framework will be developed by combining existing physical modules from the Cambridge LES model ATHAM (Active Tracer High-resolution Atmospheric Model) with Imperial College’s dynamical core FLUIDITY on an unstructured mesh that allows for grid adaptation. Simulations of past and hypothetical future test cases will be performed. Future scenarios and event statistics will be developed in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany. Limitations of predictability will be assessed. Input will be provided to wave, ocean and hydrological models for the assessment of flooding and its impact on coastal environments.

The post involves travel to international conferences and project meetings. There will be the possibility to co-advise doctoral students and potentially other teaching opportunities.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Dr Michael Herzog by email,

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please go to

Closing date: 4 April 2014

Applicants should have a doctorate in atmospheric physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in cloud physics, boundary layer processes and high-resolution modelling. Proficiency in computer programming (e.g. FORTRAN) and model development is expected. Experience with cloud aerosol microphysical and surface flux parameterisations is advantageous.

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