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Research Fellow in Constraining Uncertainty of Multi-Decadal Climate Projections - CONSTRAIN

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in climate science? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities? 

You will join a team of climate scientists at the University of Leeds to work on an EU Horizon 2020 funded project (Constraining uncertainty of multi-decadal climate projections - CONSTRAIN). You will work with Dr Amanda Maycock and Prof Piers Forster to investigate aspects of the large-scale atmospheric circulation response to external forcing (e.g. due to aerosols, greenhouse gases) with an emphasis on the midlatitudes. You will examine the relationships between sea surface temperature patterns and atmospheric circulation using observation datasets and ensembles of climate models. You will also examine the mechanisms for “rapid adjustments” to forcing that are independent of sea surface temperature changes. A key goal of CONSTRAIN is to identify physical constraints on the climate response to forcing and apply these to future projections. A significant part of the project will involve knowledge translation to make the latest climate science accessible to mitigation and adaptation decision makers. The research at Leeds will play the central role as part of a large consortium project in collaboration with 13 other leading institutions across Europe. You will have opportunity for secondment and travel to these leading institutions, it is envisaged that these trips will be for up to one month to other research institutions in Paris, Hamburg, Toulouse and Oslo, with a maximum of two trips over the duration of the contract.

You will have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in the field of Atmospheric, Ocean or Climate Science and have extensive experience of using models and observations to study climate and dynamical processes. You will have knowledge of atmospheric dynamics. Experience of investigating the response of atmospheric circulation to external forcing or future projections of circulation changes is desirable. You will have evidence of a strong commitment to publishing scientific results at an international level and also of writing for a broader audience.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Amanda Maycock, Associate Professor in Climate Dynamics

Tel: 0113 343 9793, email:


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Due to funding limitations the post will be appointed at no higher than spine point 31 (£34,189 p.a.)
Working Time:  100% - We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (until 30 June 2023)
Release Date:  Thursday 09 May 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 09 June 2019
Reference:  ENVEE1326
Downloads:  Candidate Brief   Additional Information  

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