Research Associate/Senior Research Associate, Climate Scientist for TiPES

Bristol, United Kingdom
£33,797 - £42,792 per annum
Thursday, 6 August 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 24 August 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Job number ACAD104657
Division/School School of Geographical Sciences
Contract type Open Ended
Working pattern Full time
Salary £33,797 - £42,792 per annum
Closing date for applications 06-Sep-2020

The University of Bristol seeks to employ a Research Associate / Senior Research Associate with funding for 24 months, to incorporate water isotopes into the land surface model JULES.  This work falls under the larger EU-Tipes project.

Water isotopes are an important diagnostic of the water cycle and are vital as a proxy for past climate change. They have frequently been used to highlight important tipping points in Earth history. However, water isotopes depend on many climate processes and to fully interpret them, water isotope processes need to be incorporated into Earth System models.

The post-holder will add water isotopes into the JULES land surface model, as part of a team developing an isotope enabled version of the UK MetOffice UKESM model. They will then use the model to investigate past rapid changes to the Earth system. They will work very closely with the Met Office and Dr. Louise Sime and her research group at the British Antarctic Survey.

This is one component of the EU-TiPes project which is a large multi-institutional EU2020 project. The main objective is to better quantify the tipping elements that are present in the climate system and to ensure that climate projections also include these.

The University of Bristol Researcher will work as part of Prof. Paul Valdes’s research group and the larger Bristol Research Initiative for the Dynamic Global Environment (BRIDGE) group.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a physical science discipline (or equivalent professional qualification/experience or be working towards one), with a track record in climate sciences. Other desired, but not essential qualities, include climate modelling and proficiency in Python.

Interview date: TBC 

Project start date: The post is available immediately. 

Line manager: Prof. Paul Valdes


External collaborators: Met Office, British Antarctic Survey

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.