Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Climate Prediction

University of Oxford - Department of Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Climate Prediction within the Predictability of Weather and Climate group at the Physics Sub-Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics (AOPP) as part of the European research project “European Climate Prediction system (EUCP)”. The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 36 months.

This project will develop an innovative ensemble climate prediction system based on high-resolution climate models for Europe for the near-term (~1-40 years) including improved methods to characterise uncertainty in climate prediction, regional downscaling, and evaluation against observations. The climate prediction system will be used to produce consistent, authoritative and actionable climate information which will form the basis for Europe-wide climate service activities to support climate-related risk assessments and climate change adaptation programmes.

The successful candidate will evaluate forecast quality globally and locally in terms of skill and reliability on interannual to decadal time scales, investigate the relative merits of different methods for the representation of model uncertainties, develop scientific methodologies to merge initialised predictions with non-initialised scenario projections on time scales of 1 - 40 years, combine climate forecast information on different scales from global models and regional simulations and establish the added value of regional models, and develop storylines and cases of plausible future weather consistent with the result of the combined forecasts across the full range of 1 - 40+ years by drawing on the initialised and non-initialised ensemble members. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in climate science, mathematics, physics, statistical science or a related field. The candidate we are seeking should have a sound knowledge of climate science, climate modelling and climate prediction, or some experience with statistical verification of ensemble predictions and/or big data analysis from other areas of science.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate excellent communication skills.  

Please direct enquiries about the role to Dr Antje Weisheimer (

You will be required to upload a brief 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 January 2018 can be considered.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

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