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University of Reading Research Programme on Advancing the Frontiers of Earth System Prediction (AFESP) – in partnership with ECMWF, the UK Met Office and NCAS

Five-year Postdoctoral Research Scientist Roles (x6)

The University of Reading is seeking six outstanding Postdoctoral Research Scientists to join the Advancing the Frontiers of Earth System Prediction (AFESP) research programme.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the unique AFESP research programme, following the recent award of six five-year research grants led by University of Reading Principal Investigators, and joined by co-investigators from ECMWF, the UK Met Office and NCAS.

These grants will deliver research priorities aligned to the AFESP strategic science plan. AFESP is a new 15-year, £30million research programme at the University of Reading, in partnership with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), the UK Met Office and the UK National Centre for Atmospheric Science. It will deliver sustained investments to tackle some of the key far-term (10–15 year) and difficult (high-risk, high-reward) research challenges in global Earth System prediction. By enhancing our capabilities in global data assimilation, simulation, and analysis, the research programme will deliver a new class of accurate, reliable and usable forecasts, aiming to re-define the medium-range predictability limit from two to at least four weeks, enabling a wide range of new scientific and societal applications.

Details of the six research posts can be found below. Candidates with appropriate research expertise and experience may apply for more than one role. Please ensure you clearly indicate your suitability for each role in your supporting statement (different statements are expected for each position applied for).

Closing date for all applications: Monday 26 February 2024

Appointment to some roles may be dependent on appropriate security clearance.

The University of Reading has been ranked as the number one university in the UK in the latest People & Planet University League table and won the inaugural Times Higher Education (THE) Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Leadership Award.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and champions LGBT+ equality. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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