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NCAS is looking to appoint two non-executive directors (NED) to the NCAS Management Board. The Board provides the top level strategy and oversight of the operation of NCAS. The Board was formally constituted in late 2018, its formation being part of an organisation-wide restructuring designed to create a more coherent, agile and dynamic organisation fit for the 21st century and the science challenges that lie ahead. For NCAS, these new non-executive director roles are highly significant, signalling a major shift in the level of organisational maturity.

Non-executive directors will provide constructive challenge, thoughtful insight, and independent scrutiny to help the Board achieve its mission to be a world-leading research centre dedicated to the advancement of atmospheric science. You will not necessarily need to have experience as a researcher or practitioner in atmospheric science, however you will have extensive experience of operating at a senior level in a complex science-related research, business or governmental organisation.

We seek an ambitious researcher to join an international research programme to understand and simulate Maritime Continent convection and its global effects. You will have the opportunity to join a field campaign and run simulations with state-of-the-art weather and climate models.

You will join the TerraMaris project, the UK contribution to the international Years of Maritime Continent (YMC) initiative to improve our understanding and prediction of Maritime Continent weather and climate and its global effects. TerraMaris is a consortium of three UK universities and includes close collaborations with the Met Office and Indonesian operational and research organisations. The project includes a field campaign in Indonesia, which you will have the opportunity to join. You will be responsible for designing, performing and analyzing high-resolution, regional, air-sea coupled simulations over the Maritime Continent, including comparing simulation output to campaign data, as well as global climate simulations to understand the global response to Maritime Continent convection.

You will have:

•    A PhD or equivalent in physical or mathematical sciences
•    Strong skills in scientific programming and analytical and statistical methods
•    An understanding of numerical methods for modelling weather and climate
•    Experience in managing and analyzing large datasets

We are seeking to employ a talented and creative researcher to study precipitation over China as represented by a unique set of global, high-resolution, and convective-scale climate model simulations. Assessing and understanding the ability of climate models to represent rainfall is fundamentally important for predicting and managing hydrometeorological hazards in China, home to more than a billion people.

You will join the COSMIC (Convective-Scale Modelling In China – forcings, variability, and upscale effects) project funded under the Met Office CSSP China programme and also work with COSMIC project partners at the Institute of Plateau Meteorology (Chengdu, China) and at the Met Office (Exeter, UK).

You will be using reanalysis and observational data to evaluate simulated mean precipitation over China and its diurnal cycle, the representation of orographic precipitation, and of drivers of intraseasonal precipitation variability. You will also follow-on from initial work of the COSMIC Principal Investigator and develop a tool for spatial aggregation over a hierarchy of Chinese river basins and evaluate simulated precipitation at these basin scales.

You will have:

  • A PhD (or shortly expected to achieve) or equivalent in physical or mathematical sciences.
  • An understanding of physical processes relating to weather & climate.
  • Experience of analysing output of weather or climate models.
  • Good programming skills in Python or another appropriate data processing and visualisation language.

The National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading is seeking to employ a talented and creative researcher to evaluate and analyse new datasets of observations which provide an opportunity for improved estimates of risk, on timescales of days to decades, relating to tropical cyclones in developing countries. Tropical cyclones expose vulnerable populations to multiple hazards, including storm surges, intense precipitation and high winds, so early warnings of likely landfall position and strength of hydrometeorological hazards is key to mitigating the effects.

You will have:

•  Strong scientific programming skills

•  A PhD in a numerate discipline or equivalent professional experience

•  An understanding of climate science and a strong understanding of numerical methods

•  Experience in handling large datasets

This post is fixed term for up to 12 months, to start as soon as possible.