Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Changing Risks of Droughts and Floods in Southern Africa over the 20th Century and in the Future Using Ensemble Climate Modelling

University of Oxford - School of Geography and the Environment

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the climate research team in one of the University’s highest-profile climate research operations, (CPDN), as part of two collaborative projects. TITAN is analysing the drivers of extreme events in the 19th and early 20th century. For this project very large data sets of 20th century climate model simulations have been created that can be investigated for extreme events worldwide. The main focus of this role will be on the second project, HIASA, which aims at not only estimating anthropogenic influences on hydrometeorological events like droughts and floods but going a step further towards the attribution of the impacts of these events in Southern Africa, a region particularly vulnerable to changes in water availability.

The main duties of the post holder will be three fold: (1) conduct attribution studies of societal relevant and hydrological significant extreme weather events in Southern Africa for at least two different events in recent years and estimate the change in risk compared to pre-industrial, early 20th century and future climate conditions; (2) develop a regional climate model over Southern Africa in the weather@home distributed computing framework; (3) develop new ideas for addressing societal relevant research questions on extreme events.

You will have very good scientific programming skills and demonstrable expertise in the analysis of climatological data and the interpretation of climate model simulations. Applicants may come from a range of backgrounds including natural sciences, engineering, statistics or applied mathematics with experience in atmospheric physics or meteorology. You will have a doctorate (or have recently submitted) or have equivalent research experience in a relevant subject.

This post is fixed-term for 30 months in the first instance.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 13 September 2017, interviews will be held week commencing Monday 25 September 2017.

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