National Centre for Earth Observation
UKESM Core Scientist

Job Reference: SRF14512-R
Location: University of Reading, UK
Closing Date: 02/03/2017
Salary: 29,301 to 38,183 per annum
School / Function: School of Mathematical Physical and Computational Sciences
Department: National Centre for Earth Observation
Contract Duration: Fixed term for up to 31 March 2021

We seek a motivated researcher to join the UK Earth system model core development team, which has responsibility to develop, apply, evaluate and support the use of future generation UK Earth system models (UKESM). The applicant will work on the development of novel evaluation tools and techniques to exploit satellite data in the evaluation of the UK's new Earth system model, UKESM1. This is an exciting opportunity to join both the UKESM core team and the new NERC-funded UKESM Long Term Science Multi-centre project. UKESM1will be a national UK modelling resource and constitutes the UK's primary contribution to the forthcoming 6th Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6). The initial scientific focus of the post will be on evaluating biophysical and biogeochemical land-atmosphere interactions involving the carbon and water cycles.

You will have:

  • Excellent programming skills
  • Demonstrable experience of working with large data sets, ideally satellite-based, and their use in model evaluation
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Good knowledge of Earth system and climate science, and a desire to work at the cutting edge of this field

The National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) is a distributed centre of approximately 100 scientists from UK institutions including the University of Reading. This role will form part of NCEO's commitment to delivering National Capability in Earth Observation science to NERC and forms a part of the NCEO contribution to the UKESM LTSM project and the UKESM core group.

Informal contact details

Contact role: Associate Professor
Contact name: Tristan Quaife
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 8743
Contact email:

Alternative informal contact details

Contact role: UKESM Head & supervisor
Contact name: Colin Jones
Contact phone: +44 (0)782 690 3925
Contact email:

Interview date to be confirmed

Please apply online via the University of Reading website at:

posted: 08 February 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.