Research Assistant in the Impacts of Extreme Rainfall in Highly Populated Regions

University of Leeds - School of Earth and Environment, Faculty of Environment

Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months due to external funding)

Are you an early career researcher looking for your first challenge? Would you like to use your excellent computer skills to analyse rainfall data? Do you want to gain research experience in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

This role will support our research into understanding rainfall changes and their impacts. Working with Piers Forster and researchers in the Physical Climate Change Group you will be responsible for analysing various sources of rainfall data, with a focus on the tropics. You will have excellent computer skills, required to analyse large datasets using the Python computing language and to plot results. Strong communication skills will enable you to communicate your results to different audiences effectively.You will be required to read widely across the relevant peer-reviewed literature, to become familiar with the different datasets and their limitations. You will also need to develop an understanding of how rainfall changes impact businesses and populations. 

This is a United Bank of Carbon (UBoC) collaborative research project with the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo, Norway (CICERO) and the Research Council of Norway. You will carry out research to further the project’s principal aim to better understand the impact of extreme rainfall in highly populated regions of the world.

You will have a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences, strong numerical and analytical skills with the ability to search and collate information, and effectively synthesise and summarise research outputs. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Experience of atmospheric datasets and knowledge of climate change science would be advantageous.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Piers Forster, Professor of Physical Climate Change

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2656, email:

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