Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Weather and Climate Modelling (2 posts)

University of Oxford - Department of Physics

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Weather and Climate Modelling. The posts are available for a fixed-term duration until 30 September 2021.

These positions are funded by the European Research Council (ERC), through an Advanced Investigator award, to Professor Tim Palmer for the project ITHACA: “An Information Theoretic Approach to Improving the Reliability of Weather and Climate Simulations”. By identifying those bits that carry negligible information in weather and climate models - typically in high-wavenumber components of the dynamical core and within parametrisations and Earth-System modules – computational resources can be reinvested into areas (such as resolution) where they are needed. The project will contribute to the development of next-generation weather and climate models and ideas will be tested both on emulators and on emerging hardware capable of exploiting the benefits of mixed-precision arithmetic. It is expected that the successful applicant will work closely with scientists from ECMWF, and will make use of the supercomputing facilities there.

The successful candidate will use information theory and related ideas to design, develop and test next generation weather and climate forecast systems. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should possess (or be close to obtaining) a doctorate in climate physics, non-linear dynamics physics or computer science, and ideally have a strong numerical modelling background.

Previous experience in the field of numerical modelling background will be an advantage.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Tim Palmer (

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Friday 2 June 2017 can be considered. You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

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