Seeking Nominations for 2016 Luke Howard Award

May 13, 2016 in Awards

Dear Members,
We are pleased to announce the call for nominations to the ‘Luke Howard Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Urban Climatology.’ The Luke Howard Award may be given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the field of urban climatology in a combination of research, teaching, and/or service to the international community of urban climatologists.
IAUC members are requested to nominate suitable candidates for the Luke Howard Award. The person making the nomination will act as the coordinator to put together a nomination package (including a CV of the nominee and three letters of recommendation). Self-nominations are not permitted and current Awards Committee members cannot be evaluated. Submit complete nomination packets (single electronic submission) to the Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Nigel Tapper: nigel.tapper@monash.edu
Luke Howard Award Nomination Process
1. Inform the Chair of the IAUC Awards Committee of the intent to nominate an individual. The intent to nominate should be communicated via email to the Awards Committee Chair by June 17, 2016.
2. Nomination materials should be collected by a nomination coordinator (i.e. the person notifying the Chair of the IAUC Awards Committee that a particular person will be nominated);
3. The coordinator should collect the following documentation:
a) a five page candidate CV
b) three letters of recommendation from IAUC members from at least two different countries which are two pages in length.
4. Complete packages should reach the Chair by July 15, 2016.

Nominations will be active for three years, and updated information may be submitted for consideration in the second and third years.
The IAUC Awards committee will recommend the name of a recipient for consideration and approval by the IAUC Board.
Previous winners include:
2015 Prof. Emeritus Anthony Brazel, Arizona State University, USA
2014 Prof. Manabu Kanda, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
2013 Professor Emeritus Yair Goldreich, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
2010 Professor John Arnfield, The Ohio State University, USA
2009 Professor Sue Grimmond, King’s College, UK
2008 Professor Bob Bornstein, San José State University, USA
2007 Professor (Emeritus) Masatoshi Yoshino, University of Tsukuba, Japan
2006 Professor Arieh Bitan, Tel Aviv University, Israel
2005 Professor Ernesto Jauregui, UNAM, Mexico
2004 Professor Tim Oke, UBC, Canada

Nominations should reach the Awards Committee Chair (Dr. Nigel Tapper, email above) by 15 July 2016.
Thank you

Two Postdoctoral Positions: Technische Universität Berlin

May 3, 2016 in Positions

Two full-time postdoc positions will be available at the Technische Universität Berlin starting from June 1, 2016 to support the new BMBF research programme “Urban Climate under Change (Stadtklima im Wandel)“.

Excellent German language skills are essentially required for both positions!

The new BMBF research programme “Urban Climate under Change (Stadtklima im Wandel)“, which will start in June 2016, aims at development of an innovative urban climate model for entire cities like Stuttgart or Berlin that is able to resolve buildings and vegetation at spatial resolutions of 10 x 10 m² and finer, thus to simulate micro-scale atmospheric processes at sufficient accuracy. Therefore, comprehensive observational data on weather, climate and air quality will be acquired for three German cities (Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart) to validate the model. The BMBF research programme intends to involve selected user groups in model development and data acquisition for testing the new urban climate model and data acquisition concept and analysis tools with respect to their usability for a number of potential practical applications.

The first postdoc shall support Dieter Scherer (Chair of Climatology) in his scientific and administrative tasks as coordinator of the entire BMBF research programme. The contract will end on May 31, 2019, and may be renewed for a second period of three years depending on additional funding.

The second postdoc shall contribute to collaborative research on urban climate and air quality in Berlin involving both the Technische Universitaet Berlin and the Senate Department of Urban Development and Environment Berlin. The contract will end on November 30, 2017.

For further details,  please check the website http://www.personalabteilung.tu-berlin.de/menue/jobs/stellenausschreibungen/ where the job offers will be published soon.

Assistant/Associate Professor Position – Washington State University

April 14, 2016 in Positions

Assistant/Associate Professor
Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Pullman WA

Candidates are sought with expertise in the development, evaluation, and application of numerical air quality models related to air quality, atmospheric chemistry, and climate change at urban to regional scales. The successful applicant will be expected to help lead and grow the WSU AIRPACT air quality forecast system operations. The selected applicant will be expected to teach graduate and undergraduate air quality and environmental engineering courses, direct graduate student research, and develop a strong extramurally funded research program.

For details see: https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/24616

Urban Climate News – March 2016 Edition Available

April 8, 2016 in Newsletter

The March 2016 Edition of the Urban Climate News is now available.

Table of Contents
News: Rising tides? • Smarter birds •Earth Hour for cities • Viral warming
Feature: Adaptation of Asian cities to climatic changes − A Chinese tale
Projects: Simulation of heat waves
Urban-scale modeling of vegetation
Special Reports: Demonstrating net zero-energy settlements in Europe
Bibliography: Recent publications
Conferences: Upcoming gatherings
IAUC Board: Meteorological society honors veteran urban climatologist

 

PhD position: Hamburg – Wind tunnel experiments for urban climate model evaluation

April 8, 2016 in Positions

A research associate and PhD candidate is required for boundary layer wind tunnel experiments in the collaborative research project “Urban Climate under Change – Evaluation of Urban Climate Models”.    EWTL is tasked with extensive systematic wind tunnel measurements replicating field sites in Berlin, Stuttgart and Hamburg. The purpose of the measurements is to characterize and quantify representativeness and variability of field measurements concerning urban wind flows and ventilation.

Intended start of the 3-year contract is June 1, 2016. Application deadline will be April 22, 2016.

For details see the Hamburg PhD Position.

Two Scientist Positions: German Meteorological Service

April 6, 2016 in Positions

Pending approval of external funding, the Department of Climate and Environmental Consultancy of the German Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst) in Offenbach am Main (Germany) invites applications for 2 scientist positions (100%, temporary for 3 years) presumably starting June 1st, 2016.
Both positions contribute to the German research programme “Urban Climate under Change” initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The research programme intends to develop an innovative urban climate model that is able to simulate micro-scale atmospheric processes for entire cities.

One position focuses on  measuring and evaluating computer simulated thermally driven winds (e.g. valley winds, park breezes) and their impact on ventilation and thermal hot spots in cities.
The other position focuses on the development of a user friendly software package to customize output from meso-scale models for forcing the new urban climate model. Additionally the software package and the new model have to be applied to urban climate studies.

For further details please refer to the job advertisement web sites (only available in German language):
http://www.bav.bund.de/SharedDocs/Stellenangebote/DE/DWD/20160418_0002_DWD.html
http://www.bav.bund.de/SharedDocs/Stellenangebote/DE/DWD/20160419_0002_DWD.html
Please note that German language skills are a prerequisite for both positions.

The application deadline 14 APRIL 2016 is coming up shortly!!
Please submit your application via our electronic online application web site
http://www.bav.bund.de/DE/6_Stellenangebote/3_Einstieg_EBV/Einstieg_EBV_node.html

For more information contact
Dr. Meinolf Kossmann meinolf.kossmann@dwd.de

Urban and Infrastructure Development Conference Kampala

April 6, 2016 in Meetings

Call for papers for the 2nd Urban and Infrastructure Development Conference for the East and Central African Region http://uidc.siup.ac.ug  5 – 6October 2016.

The main conference theme is Modern Green Dynamics for Metropolis (MGD) – Building and Design of Smart Cities for East and Central Africa
Several conference themes may be relevant to IAUC members:
Designing MGD Smart Cities – Ecological Engineering and Architecture
Physical Planning Education for MGD Smart Cities
City Street Design and City Transport Systems
Environment for Smart Cities

Registration not later than 30th  August 2016,

Papers should be sent to info@idrc-ug.com

PhD or PDF position: Technische Universität Braunschweig

March 24, 2016 in Positions

The Climatology and Environmental Meteorology working group (Institute of Geoecology, Technische Universität Braunschweig) is looking for a motivated person interested to measure and analyze turbulent fluxes of heat, CO2 and particles using the eddy covariance method in the urban environment.

The project is part of a large urban climate research initiative with a number of partners from German Universities and research institutions (pending final funding by the funding agency). The position is available from 1st June 2016. The position can be filled at either the PhD or post-doctoral level. The salary is according to German TV-L E13 (up to 100% depending on qualification).

The successful candidate will be expected to perform the following duties: performing eddy covariance and particle measurements, data analysis, statistical modelling, produce work of publishable quality for high quality peer reviewed journals.

Applicants should have a first degree in atmospheric/climate sciences, geoecology or from a related discipline, preferably with experience in eddy covariance measurements and/or particle measurements. The postholder will join a young and active team in atmospheric science at Technische Universität Braunschweig. He/she will have the chance to collaborate with leading researchers in urban climatology from all over Germany.

Applications are invited for a 36 month period (24 months + 12 months) including
          CV
          Letter of motivation
          Contact details of two potential referees
in a single pdf-document to s.weber(at)tu-bs.de. Please use reference code 16-UC in your application.

Application Closing Date: 5th April 2016.

Technische Universität Braunschweig aims to increase the number of women in research and teaching, and encourages qualified female candidates to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration.

For additional information please contact: s.weber(at)tu-bs.de 

Scientist Position (2): Department of Geography, Humboldt University, Berlin

March 24, 2016 in Positions

Pending approval of external funding, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Geography of the Humboldt University Berlin invites applications for a scientist position (100%, temporary for 3 years) starting earliest June 1st, 2016. Salary is according to German state wage agreement for scientific staff (E13 TV-L HU). After all social security and tax deductions annual net salary ranges between 28.000 and 32.000 EUR depending on social status.

The successful applicant will work in a national initiative developing and evaluating a microscale urban climate model. The task will be to jointly carry out an intensive observation campaign on urban climate in Berlin and Stuttgart with a special focus on particulate matter. Further, his or her task will include developing land use based statistical models for regionalisation.

Applicants must hold a MSc or PhD in geography or neighbouring fields with core area in either physical geography, computer sciences, meteorology, physics, mathematics, engineering or similar. Ample knowledge of urban climate and measurement technologies as well as programming experience are prerequisites. Experience with the operation of databases is advantageous.

Along with your application please provide a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates and documents as well as information on scientific publications and names of two referees. Please send your application to Prof. Dr. Christoph Schneider, Unter den Linden 6, D-10099 Berlin, Germany or email it as a PDF attachment to c.schneider@geo.hu-berlin.de.

The Humboldt University is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female candidates to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. Since we will not return your documents, please only submit copies in the application.
Please email Prof. Christoph Schneider in case you require further information.

Scientist Position: Department of Geography, Humboldt University, Berlin

March 24, 2016 in Positions

Pending approval of external funding, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Department of Geography of the Humboldt University Berlin invites applications for a scientist position (100%, temporary for 3 years) starting earliest June 1st, 2016. Salary is according to German state wage agreement for scientific staff (E13 TV-L HU). After all social security and tax deductions annual net salary ranges between 28.000 and 32.000 EUR depending on social status.

The successful applicant will work in a national initiative developing and evaluating a microscale urban climate model. The task will be to implement a radiation scheme for the model’s building-resolving mode and an urban canopy parametrization scheme for the model’s coarse mode. The project is organised as a collaboration with partners from Hanover,
Offenburg, Karlsruhe, Cologne, the Free University of Berlin and the German Weather Service.

Applicants must hold a MSc or PhD in geography or neighbouring fields with core area in either physical geography, computer sciences, meteorology, physics, mathematics, engineering or similar. Ample knowledge of urban climate or radiation exchange modelling as well as extensive experience with programming, preferably in Fortran, are prerequisites. Excellent mastery of English in both written and oral form is required. Sufficient knowledge of German is advantageous.

Along with your application please provide a motivation letter, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates and documents as well as information on scientific publications and names of two referees. Please send your application to Dr. Sebastian Schubert, Unter den Linden 6, D-10099 Berlin, Germany or email it as a PDF attachment to sebastian.schubert@geo.hu-berlin.de.

The Humboldt University is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female candidates to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. Since we will not return your documents, please only submit copies in the application.
Please email Dr. Schubert in case you require further information.

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