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Research Associate - Quantifying volcanic forcing efficacy using state-of-the-art aerosol-climate models and statistical emulation (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Chemistry

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2018
Closes: 26th September 2018
Job Ref: MA16758

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral research associate to join the group of Dr Anja Schmidt at the Department of Chemistry. 

This project aims to derive volcanic forcing efficacies for large-magnitude explosive eruptions with different eruption source parameters (e.g. eruption magnitudes, eruption latitude, sulfur dioxide emission height, and eruption season) using state-of-the-art global aerosol-chemistry-climate models with fully interactive stratospheric aerosol schemes. 

The successful candidate will combine state-of-the-art aerosol modeling with novel statistical tools to  quantify volcanic forcing efficacy and its dependency on eruption source parameters. These results from this project will be invaluable in determining the uncertainty in and validity of the relationship currently used by the IPCC to deduce volcanic forcing of climate.

The successful candidate will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in atmospheric science.  They will be highly motivated and able to work independently.  Some experience analyzing output from climate models and creating statistical emulators based on this output is necessary.  Experience with running and setting up aerosol-climate models is desirable but not essential.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and publications list in the upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents that have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. 

For queries relating to your application or the application process, please contact Alex Clark via email on 

Please quote reference MA16758 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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