Postdoc Research Fellow

The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham (UK) is offering a position for a postdoctoral Research Fellow with a duration of 18 months to improve forecasts for heavy rainfall over India.

The Research Fellow will develop several statistical postprocessing methods for rainfall forecasts with the global NEPS model of the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF, India) and with the regional model RegUM. The postprocessing will include methods that adjust the spatial structure of rainfall. The methods will be systematically evaluated and the best-performing one will be implemented for operational use.

The position is part of the project ‘HEavy Precipitation forecast Post-processing over India’ (HEPPI), which is funded by the UK Newton Fund through the ‘Weather and Climate Science for Service Partnership’ (WCSSP) programme
(<https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/collaboration/newton/cssp-india/weather-and-climate-science-for-service-partnership-india-wcssp-india>).

The researcher will work with Dr. Martin Widmann and Prof. Gregor Leckebusch at the University of Birmingham, and with Dr. Andrew Orr at the British Antarctic Survey. The project will be undertaken in close collaboration with NCMRWF and the UK Met Office, and include project meetings in India and work visits to the UK Met Office. HEPPI is one out of seven WCSSP-India projects and joint meetings will provide an opportunity for further networking.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD, or be very close to completion, in meteorology, climate science, physics, mathematics, statistics or related fields. He/she will have substantial experience with analysing output from numerical weather forecasting or climate models, and a good understanding of meteorology and statistics. Essential programming skills are UNIX/LINUX, and statistical programming languages such as R or MATLAB. Experience with Python is highly desirable because the operational implementation will be based on Python.

The application deadline is 1^st September. The planned starting date is 1st October 2019.

For a full job description and submission of an online application please visit <https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/jobs/index.aspx> and select reference (keyword) 81824.

Further enquiries can be addressed to Martin Widmann
(m.widmann@bham.ac.uk <mailto:m.widmann@bham.ac.uk>).

To apply for this job please visit www.birmingham.ac.uk.