Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Reading - Department of Meteorology

Start date: As soon as possible
Interview date: 30 Nov 2016
Grade: Grade 6 or Grade 7 (depending on applicant)
Payscale: £29,301 to £46,924 per annum (bottom of Grade 6 to Grade 7, point 43)

The Department of Meteorology are seeking to employ a Postdoctoral Researcher. 

Exploring the role of sea ice physics in Arctic climate variability and predictability
Recent observed changes in the Arctic have become a 'poster child' for global climatic changes, particularly because the summer sea ice extent has shrunk rapidly over the past 35 years. This retreat of the sea ice has led to growth of trans-Arctic shipping and plans to extract minerals and fossil fuels from the ocean floor.

Purpose of the role                                                                 
To extend and incorporate models of sea ice thermodynamics within sea ice-ocean circulation and climate models. Contribute to studies of Arctic sea ice trends and variability on seasonal and decadal timescales. Examine seasonal sea ice predictability.

This project has 3 primary objectives:

  1. Include a more realistic description of thermodynamic and phase change physics within sea ice models, including that used by the UK Met Office GCM
  2. Develop new understanding of the physical processes driving sea ice variability on seasonal to decadal timescales
  3. Assess the predictability of Arctic sea ice using models with new melt pond physics

You will have:

  • Significant skills in numerical modelling of physical systems using complex computer codes
  • Ability to formulate, under guidance, new representation of physical processes in mathematical form
  • Ability to modify complex computer codes with technical and physical consistency
  • Ability to interpret model simulations using understanding of the physical systems and observations, and analyse implications
  • Ability to write viable scientific publications
  • PhD or equivalent in physical environmental science including at least one year of numerical modelling                                                                                                

Informal contact details
Contact role: Line manager
Contact name: Prof Daniel Feltham
Contact phone:+44 (0)118 378 5094
Contact email:

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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