Post-doctoral Research Assistant

University of Reading - Department of Meteorology

Previous Applicants Need Not Apply

The research scientist will examine sub-seasonal predictability in the North Atlantic sector, working closely with an industrial sponsor. The post-holder will be expected to work with a set of hindcast data available from the S2S project to meet the following objectives:

  • Developing an extendable statistical methodology for diagnosing and assessing skill, uncertainty and bias under the main Euro-Atlantic weather regimes for variables and regions of interest to the sponsor.
  • Assessing how regimes and their transitions affect predictability by using an EOF phase index (similar to the MJO RMM index).
  • Performing (if thought beneficial and depending on the results from the main weather regimes) a more tailored regime analysis using the best available method (e.g. Self Organising Maps).
  • Assessing if the predictive skill is conditional on global/remote drivers such as the MJO, ENSO, QBO, anomalous stratospheric events, PDO, SST patterns and surface forcings such as sea ice, snow and soil moisture anomalies.
  • Determining if gains in skill and predictability are model dependent.

You will have:

  • A willingness to work closely with an industrial partner to produce work which is both scientifically novel and applicable to immediate real-world application.
  • A creative, problem-solving approach to science and a desire to find new ways to interrogate and understand very large atmospheric datasets.
  • A strong background in understanding the dynamics of the climate system and the impact of dynamics on predictability.

Informal contact details
Contact role: Principal Investigator
Contact name: Andrew Charlton-Perez
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 6023
Contact email:

Alternative informal contact details
Contact role: Co-Investigator
Contact name: David Brayshaw
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 5585
Contact email:

Interview date to be confirmed.

Start date as soon as possible.

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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