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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Unseen Climate Extremes

London (Central), London (Greater)
£43,205 - £45,521 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Job Type
Research Related, Research Associate
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details


About Us

The Department of Geography at King’s College London is a vibrant hub of multi-disciplinary scholarship that seeks to address and resolve the most pressing issues facing our world today. By drawing together a unique cohort of scholars, the Department includes expertise in global environmental governance, the physical and social science dimensions of climate change, cross-border migration, emerging economies, and politics.

About the Role

The purpose of this role is to work on the UK Research and Innovation Future Leader’s Fellowship: Reducing Global Catastrophic Risks from Unseen Climate Extremes.

The appointed candidate will work within a team of physical and social scientists to help identify the most pressing threats to humanity from ‘unseen’ climate extremes – those events which lack a historical precedent, but which could occur in the relatively near future.

The researcher will be responsible for analysing very large multidimensional climate datasets to identify and characterise such novel events under different climate states (e.g., levels of global warming). Although the analysis will initially target the hazard of extreme heat, the search should ultimately encompass a wider set of climate threats. The ability to problem solve and work independently will be key for this role. 

This is a full-time post and you will be offered an a fixed term contract until June 2028

About You

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

  • A PhD in climate science, meteorology, or a cognate discipline2.

    An excellent understanding of the physical processes driving climate and weather extremes

  1. Expertise in using computer programming to analyse large, multidimensional climate datasets

  2. Experience in publishing scientific articles

  3. Excellent written and oral communication skills

  4. An excellent ability to problem solve and work independently

Desirable criteria

  1. Familiarity with the JASMIN data analysis facility

  2. Expertise in the hazard of extreme heat

  3. Competence in statistical analysis and/or machine learning, especially for downscaling

  4. Experience of working collaboratively within an interdisciplinary context

Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

Further Information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.

Interviews are due to be held on in June 2024

This role does meet the requirements of the Home Office and therefore we are / are not able to offer sponsorship for candidates who require the right to work in the UK.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

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