Postdoctoral Research Scientist Position in University of Reading, UK


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About- The scientist will join a small group working on the role of radiative processes in the climate system, within the Department of Meteorology. The Department has broad interests across weather, climate, and earth observation and space, and consists of over 60 academic staff, 100 researchers and 90 PhD students, with established undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs. In the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework 86% of our research was rated World Class or Internationally Excellent.

The Department is part of the School of Mathematical, Physical and Computer Sciences which was awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2017 in recognition of its good employment practices in relation to women working in science, engineering and technology.

Research/Job area– School of Mathematical Physical & Computational Sciences

Project Title- “Advanced Spectroscopy for improved characterisation of the near-Infrared water vapour Continuum” (ASPIC)

Location- University of Reading, UK


  • a PhD or equivalent in physical sciences, or be close to finishing a PhD
  • a publication record appropriate to career stage
  • strong quantitative skills including modelling and data analysis and preferably knowledge of atmospheric radiative transfer or molecular spectroscopy
  • scientific computing skills, such as Fortran and Python in a Unix environment
  • ability to work independently and evidence of successful collaborative working
  • ability to communicate scientific ideas in person and on paper

Job/Position Description- The scientist will work on a NERC-funded project “Advanced Spectroscopy for improved characterisation of the near-Infrared water vapour Continuum” (ASPIC) which starts on 1 June 2018. ASPIC aims to improve understanding of water vapour continuum absorption in a part of the spectrum where few measurements have been made, especially in conditions relevant to the atmosphere; there is also substantial disagreement amongst the available measurements. This absorption is relevant to both the Earth’s radiation budget and remote sensing applications. Recent advances in laboratory spectroscopy allow measurements of much higher quality. The scientist will play a role in making those measurements, but their prime responsibility will be to analyse the measurements to extract the continuum signal and to perform detailed radiative transfer calculations to characterise the atmospheric consequences. The latter part of the project will involve collaboration with the Met Office and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, where the impact on their weather forecasting and climate models will be assessed.

How to Apply- Interested and eligible candidate can apply online.

Informal contact details-

Contact role: Project PI

Contact name: Keith Shine

Contact phone: 0118 378 8405

Contact email: [email protected]

Last Date for Apply– 14 March 2018

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