Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Aerosol, Cloud and Radiation Interactions

University of Oxford - Department of Physics

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the dynamic Climate Processes Group within the sub-Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics. The post is available immediately for a fixed-term period of 24 months.

This position is part of the CLouds and Aerosol Radiative Impacts and Forcing (CLARIFY) project focusing on aerosol-cloud interactions over the South-East Atlantic. CLARIFY is a major consortium programme consisting of five UK universities (Exeter, Oxford, Leeds, Manchester and Reading) with project partners from the UK Met Office, the US NASA ORACLES (ObseRvations of Aerosols above CLouds and their interactions) as well as the US ARM LASIC: Layered Atlantic Smoke Interactions with Clouds project. The CLARIFY field campaign with a deployment of the FAAM ( research aircraft will take place in August/September 2017.

The focus of the post holder in this position will be on the representation of aerosol-cloud interactions in the global climate model configuration of the UK MetOffice Unified Model, using multiple observations from the CLARIFY/ORACLES/LASIC campaigns, satellite remote sensing as well as high-resolution modelling as benchmarks. The successful applicant will work closely with the UK MetOffice and is expected to develop innovative evaluation strategies. The results should be presented at national and international meetings as well as published in high-impact publications. The post holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should have (or be close to obtaining) a doctorate in atmospheric physics or a related field and a strong background in clouds/aerosols. Strong computing skills, including the knowledge of UNIX/Linux, Python, html, or other high-level languages are essential. Experience with global climate models is preferred but not required.

Please direct enquiries to Professor Philip Stier (

You will be required to upload a statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 15 December 2016 can be considered.

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