Fire Modelling job in Dept Meteorology, Reading University, UK

Fire Modelling job in Dept Meteorology, 
Reading University, UK

The Walker Institute for Climate Systems Research, Reading University has an upcoming post-doc position starting on 1 October 2007 to work on implementing a fire simulation module into the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) under the supervision of Dr Allan Spessa, Reading University (see attached PDF called’Fire into JULES‘). This will be a 6 month position, and has been recently given the green light for funding.

There is a strong probability that this position will be continued past 1 April 2008 for approximately another two(2) years to work on the Fire Modelling And Forecasting System(FireMAFS) project (a QUEST/NERC Earth System Process and Prediction Initiative), also based at Reading. This work will involve model-data comparisons (validation, and parameter optimisation) and seasonal forecasting of fire activity in several regions of the world. The successful candidate will work closely with another data-oriented post-doc to be employed on the project. Please see attached FireMAFS proposal. NERC has recently given the proposal an Alpha-4 rating (ie Excellent) and funding is expected.

Ideally, potential candidates will have experience in one or more of the following: simulation modelling; F90 or some other programming language eg IDL or C; working with large EO and/or climate datasets. Prior experience in running JULES or some other land surface or vegetation dynamics model would be an advantage. No prior experience in the subjects of fire ecology, emissions from biomass burning, or fire modelling is necessary. The successful candidate will be required to travel frequently between Reading University, CEH-Wallingford, University of Sheffield, King’s College London, and University College London. Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered. Starting basic salary is indicatively around the £28,000 mark.

For further information, please contact:

Dr Allan Spessa
Project Manager, QUEST Earth System Model
The Walker Institute for Climate Systems Research
Department of Meteorology
Reading University
Reading, UK.



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