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Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Aerosol, Cloud and Precipitation Interactions

Postdoctoral Research Assistants in Aerosol, Cloud and Precipitation Interactions

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University of Oxford, Department of Physics

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Atmospheric, Oceanic & Planetary Physics (AOPP) Sub-department

The post-holders will be based in the AOPP sub-department, which is one of the six sub- departments that together make up the Department of Physics; these are Astrophysics, Atomic and Laser Physics, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Particle Physics and Theoretical Physics, with a seventh function (Central Physics) providing administrative and technical support to these sub-departments. Members of all sub- departments take part in research, teaching and matters such as examinations, discussion of syllabi, lectures and liaison with undergraduates and postgraduate students.

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Oxford, United Kingdom


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)

Full time


£31,604 – £38,833

Preferred education

Application deadline
20 October 2017

12 September 2017

Job description

We are looking for up to two postdoctoral researchers in the dynamic Climate Processes Group within the sub-Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at the University of Oxford. The posts are available immediately for a fixed-term period of 3 years.

These positions will be at the forefront of developing modelling based assessments of aerosol, cloud and precipitation interactions as part of the new European Research Council project constRaining the EffeCts of Aerosols on Precipitation (RECAP). Science and simulations will range from idealised global scale modelling all the way to detailed CRM/LES modelling of aerosol and cloud processes on smaller scales.

The successful candidates will work closely with national and international collaborators and are expected to develop innovative modelling approaches. The results should be presented at national and international meetings as well as published in high-impact publications. The ability and drive to work collaboratively, yet independently, as part of a team is essential.

Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in in atmospheric modelling. Depending on the post, additional experience with either large-scale to meso-scale atmospheric dynamics/modelling or with aerosol and cloud microphysics/cloud resolving/LES modelling would be of benefit. Candidates are expected to demonstrate an excellent understanding of atmospheric physics, a strong background in atmospheric modelling and a demonstrated drive and ability to perform novel research of international standing. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Philip Stier (

You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Further particulars and the application form can be found on the Oxford University recruitment webpage. Only electronic applications received through this form before the deadline of 12.00 midday on 20 October 2017 can be considered.