Postdoc. Research Assistant, paleoclimate analysis - Reading, UK

The Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Reading, UK, seeks to employ a postdoctoral research assistant (PDRA) for a fixed term of two years, starting in November 2019.


The PDRA will be employed on the ERC-funded project "Unlocking the past for a clearer future (GC2.0)" which examines the two-way interaction between the terrestrial biosphere and climate on paleotimescales in order to realize the full potential of paleoclimate research to improve our understanding and modeling of climate and environmental change.

The post involves the design and application of novel approaches to reconstructing past climates, by combining multiple data sources (pollen, tree rings, speleothems, lake histories) with process-based modeling of these records, and data assimilation methods and/or model inversion.

Key scientific questions include:

- diagnosis of the relative importance of seasonal climate controls on different types of record
- investigating the influence of CO2 changes in modulating the response of vegetation records to climate
- determining the optimum approach to combining information from environmental sensors and climate-model simulations.

The work will involve improving and using several in-house paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic databases, as well as the use of in-house process-models of different levels of complexity.


The post-holder will be expected to work as part of an existing team in Reading and to play a role in ongoing analyses within the Palaeoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP).

The ideal candidate will have:

- a PhD in a relevant subject by the time of appointment
- a strong interest in paleoclimate research
- hands-on experience in using paleoenvironmental databases and/or in climate reconstruction
- good programing skills
- a proven track record of publishing research in the peer-reviewed literature.


Applications close 31 August 2019.

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Further information

Interviews will be held on 11 September 2019.

For more information about the role, please contact Sandy Harrison: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more about paleoclimate research at Reading here: