Post-doctoral Research Assistant

University of Reading - Department of Meteorology

Adaptive Meshes for Global Atmospheric Modelling

A post-doctoral research assistant at the University of Reading is sought to work on mesh generation using optimal transport techniques and atmospheric modelling on r-adaptive meshes. This is part of the NERC funded project “Moving meshes for Global Atmospheric Modelling” joint with the University of Bath (Prof Chris Budd, Mathematics) and Imperial College London (Dr Colin Cotter, Mathematics). We are developing novel mathematical techniques involving optimal transport and solving partial differential equations using an advanced C++ library (OpenFOAM). The use of adaptive meshes could enable more accurate and efficient weather prediction models and predictions of the regional impacts of climate change.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Develop and implement numerical techniques for generating adaptive meshes using optimal transport.
  • Develop and implement finite volume techniques for solving the equations of atmospheric motion on moving meshes, considering conservation properties and maintenance of atmospheric balances.
  • Preparing scientific papers for publication.
  • Attending national and international conferences to promote the work of the project.
  • Reading widely in the areas of numerical modelling, atmospheric dynamics, optimal transport and weather forecasting.
  • Interacting with colleagues at the University of Bath and Imperial to ensure that complementary work is undertaken at the three universities working on the project.
  • Arranging project meetings.
  • Interacting with Met Office collaborators on the project.

Informal contact details
Contact role: Lead investigator
Contact name: Dr Hilary Weller
Contact phone: 0118 378 4274
Contact email:

Interviews will be held on the 3 March 2017.

Expected start date 1 April 2017.

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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