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Research Fellow in Land-Atmosphere Interactions

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

This project will improve our understanding of land-atmosphere interactions, improving prediction of seasonal precipitation and how this is modulated by changes to the land-surface, with implications for predictions across all time scales. 

You will improve our understanding of land-atmosphere interactions in the tropics by assembling and synthesising data on the land surface and land-atmosphere interactions and develop new metrics to evaluate modelled representation of the land surface and land-atmosphere coupling. You will use these metrics to evaluate simulated land-atmosphere interactions over forested regions of Brazil, an important area of land-atmosphere coupling, with significant ongoing changes in land-use. The tools you will develop will be added to community-wide evaluation toolkits for Earth System Models, which will increase the visibility and impact of your work.

The project is led by Professor Dominick Spracklen, in collaboration with Dr Luis Garcia-Carreras, Dr John Marsham, Dr Wolfgang Buermann and Professor Manuel Gloor. It is funded through the Climate Science for Service Partnership Brazil, part of the Newton Fund. The project will offer you the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in Brazil and at the UK Met Office.

You will have a relevant PhD, or be close to completion, with expertise in a relevant area of atmospheric science or a related physical science. You will work in a large, vibrant and internationally recognised research team, alongside others working on related projects, and as such you will need excellent communication skills. You will also have a commitment to publishing original results at an international level.

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

Dominick Spracklen, Professor of Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions

Tel: +44(0)113 343 7488, email:


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £32,004 to £38,183 p.a.
Please note that due to funding limitations an appointment will not be made above £34,956 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (24 months, up to 31 March 2019 due to external funding)
Closing Date:  Sunday 26 March 2017
Reference:  ENVEE1148
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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