National Centre for Earth Observation UKESM Core Scientist

University of Reading - Department of Meteorology/National Centre for Earth Observation

Start date: As soon as possible

Interview date: To be confirmed

Post type: Fixed-term until 31st March 2021

We seek a motivated researcher to join the UK Earth system model core development team, which has responsibility to develop, apply, evaluate and support the use of future generation UK Earth system models (UKESM). The applicant will work on the development of novel evaluation tools and techniques to exploit satellite data in the evaluation of the UK’s new Earth system model, UKESM1. This is an exciting opportunity to join both the UKESM core team and the new NERC-funded UKESM Long Term Science Multi-centre project. UKESM1will be a national UK modelling resource and constitutes the UK’s primary contribution to the forthcoming 6th Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6). The initial scientific focus of the post will be on evaluating biophysical and biogeochemical land-atmosphere interactions involving the carbon and water cycles.

You will have:

  • Excellent programming skills
  • Demonstrable experience of working with large data sets, ideally satellite-based, and their use in model evaluation
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Good knowledge of Earth system and climate science, and a desire to work at the cutting edge of this field

The National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) is a distributed centre of approximately 100 scientists from UK institutions including the University of Reading. This role will form part of NCEO’s commitment to delivering National Capability in Earth Observation science to NERC and forms a part of the NCEO contribution to the UKESM LTSM project and the UKESM core group.

Informal contact details

Contact role: Associate Professor

Contact name: Tristan Quaife

Contact phone:+44 (0)118 378 8743

Contact email:

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role: Professor

Contact name: Colin Jones

Contact phone: +44 (0)782 690 3925

Contact email:

This position is being advertised alongside the position Computational Scientist for UKESM Core Development Team SF14072

To formally apply, please visit or contact Human Resources, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading RG6 6AH. Telephone +44(0)118 378 6771 (voicemail)

Please quote the relevant reference number. The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce and we welcome applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements which will be considered in line with business needs.

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