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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 29th July 2019
Closes: 1st September 2019
Job Ref: 81824

Full time

Fixed term for 18 Months

Grade 7

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609.   

Please note, due to funding restrictions, potential progression will be only up to £32,236 

Job Purpose

The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham (UK) is offering a position for a postdoctoral Research Fellow with a duration of 18 months to improve forecasts for heavy rainfall over India.
The Research Fellow will develop several statistical post processing methods for rainfall forecasts with the global NEPS model of the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF, India) and with the regional model RegUM. 

The position is part of the project ‘Heavy precipitation forecast Post-processing over India’ (HEPPI), which is funded by the UK Newton Fund through the ‘Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership’ (WCSSP) programme. The researcher will work with Dr. Martin Widmann and Prof. Gregor Leckebusch at the University of Birmingham, and with Dr. Andrew Orr at the British Antarctic Survey. The project will be undertaken in close collaboration with NCMRWF and the UK Met Office, and include project meetings in India and work visits to the UK Met Office. 

Main Responsibilities 

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance on PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews*
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters*
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research* 

*These indicative responsibilities may also be included in a research role at grade 6. 

Person Specification 

  • The successful candidate will hold a PhD, or be very close to completion, in meteorology, climate science, physics, mathematics, statistics or related fields.
  • A Substantial experience with analysing output from numerical weather forecasting or climate models, and a good understanding of meteorology and statistics.
  • Essential programming skills are UNIX/LINUX, and statistical programming languages such as R or MATLAB.
  • Experience with Python is highly desirable because the operational implementation will be based on Python

For further information please contact Martin Widmann, 

Closing date: 1st September 2019                                      

Reference: 81824

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below or visit  Please quote Job Ref 81824 in all enquiries. 

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