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

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
27 Jan 2020
End of advertisement period
23 Feb 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in climate science? Do you want to play a central role in an exciting European Project with world leaders? 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 Prof Piers Forster and Dr Amanda Maycock to investigate the mechanisms affecting radiative forcing (by aerosols, greenhouse gases, volcanoes) and further develop the Finite amplitude Impulse Response (FaIR) physically based emulator of complex climate models.

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 opportunities 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 a PhD (or close to completion, i.e the initial thesis needs to have been handed in at the point of the application) in Atmospheric, Ocean or Climate Science or a closely allied discipline. You will also have extensive experience of using models and observations to study climate processes. You will have knowledge of radiative forcing and climate feedbacks, and will have had experience communicating your science to policy makers. Experience of developing simple climate models and skills statistical analyses are 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: 

Prof Piers Forster, Professor of Climate Physics, Tel: 0113 343 6476, email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Environment
School/Institute:  School of Earth and Environment
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 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 due to external funding)    
Closing Date:  Sunday 23 February 2020    
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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