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PDRA, Speleothem Modelling - Reading, UK

PDRA, Speleothem Modelling - Reading, UK

Reading, United Kingdom
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The post is based in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Reading, UK.
The post is for a fixed-term period of 15 months, but may be extended subject to funding, and is expected to start in summer 2023.
Description
The University of Reading is collaborating on a NERC funded project led by the University of Northumbria "When and Why does it Rain in the Desert" and is responsible for the modelling component of this project. We are seeking to recruit a PDRA in Speleothem Modelling to work on this project and they will be responsible for developing and applying a forward model of the controls on speleothem isotopes to understand how past climate and environmental changes affect the isotope record. They will also be responsible for investigating plausible climate scenarios to explain observed changes in isotopic composition through time, through analysis of climate model outputs and data assimilation techniques. The PDRA will be involved in the design and analysis of model experiments to test explicit hypotheses about the isotopic response to environmental and climate change in the past. The postholder will be based in Reading and will be part of a team of early career palaeoclimate scientists there. For further details of the post please see https://jobs.reading.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=11686
Tasks
Main duties and responsibilities
1. Undertake research under the supervision of a Principal Investigator (PI) in accordance with the “Why does it Rain in the Desert” NERC funded project as an active team member.
2. Contribute to the development of the research project by undertaking the following activities:
• Analyses of the environmental drivers of isotopic changes in speleothems;
• Development and application of a forward model accounting for changes in vegetation composition, and isotopic modification in the soil and epikarst;
• Analysis of climate model outputs to determine plausible scenarios for precipitation changes in northern Africa;
• Performing data-model comparisons, including the use of appropriate statistics and metrics and the use of data assimilation;
3. Liaise with the wider project team to ensure deliverables are disseminated effectively and at the appropriate time to relevant stakeholders;
4. Provide research support in relation to the preparation of figures, public code and other inputs to publications.
Requirements
• A PhD in a relevant subject by the start date of the appointment
• Previous professional experience in a research context
Applications
Applications via the University of Reading website
Application deadline: 31st March 2023
For further details of the post please see https://jobs.reading.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=11686
Application deadline
Further information
For further information please contact Sandy P. Harrison (s.p.harrison@reading.ac.uk)
Contact email
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