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Postdoctoral Position in Urban Climate Modelling: Boston University

August 14, 2018 in Positions, Student_Positions

The Environmental Fluid Mechanics group ( in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University is seeking a postdoctoral candidate interested in urban climate modeling. Specifically, the successful candidate will lead research on improving the urban canopy models in the Community Earth System Model (CESM) and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Earth System Model and using these urbanized global earth system models to explore a range of urban sustainability and environmental issues including heat stress, water scarcity, urban-related land-use transitions, and urban-atmosphere interactions.

Candidates with previous experience with urban climate modeling using large-scale weather (e.g., WRF) and climate models (e.g., CESM) and experience with high-performance computing in Unix based operating systems and scientific computing languages (e.g., Matlab, Python) are preferred, but highly motivated graduates with background in meteorology and climatology, hydrology, geography, and earth sciences are encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. degree is required by the time of appointment.

The successful candidate will benefit from close collaborations with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and GFDL. The successful candidate will also benefit from an outstanding research environment at Boston University. In particular, the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University has strong strengths in areas of land-use/land-cover change and coupled natural and human dimensions of climate change. The department is also home to the Center for Remote Sensing, an active cluster of faculty who are world leaders in this field.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Dan Li ( Please include a cover letter, your latest CV, and names of up to three references. Position start date is as soon as possible but can be changed depending on the candidate’s availability. Initial contract duration is 12 months. Extension is desired but conditional on the performance of the candidate. efm/

Postdoctoral researcher: urban climate modeling for heatwaves; University of Reading

July 24, 2018 in Positions, Student_Positions

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Postdoctoral researcher with expertise in multi-scale urban climate modelling to join our NERC-funded research project COSMA to understand the overheating risk and heatwaves in South Asian counties using Sri Lanka as a case study.  The main goal of the work will be to undertake multi-scale climate modeling (urban and building scales) and overheating risk mapping.

The post will be jointly supervised by myself at the School of the Built Environment, and Prof Sue Grimmond and Dr Ting Sun from Department of Meteorology, both at the University of Reading, UK. The post-holder will also benefit from working with experts in different disciplines including meteorology, architecture, planning, engineering and social science within the research team.

School of the Built Environment and Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading are two world-leading research groups in the UK. In REF 2014, School of the Built Environment was ranked 6th in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, and Department of Meteorology was ranked 3rd in Earth Systems & Environmental Sciences.

For job details, please go to

For informal contacts, please contact either Dr Zhiwen(Vincent) Luo ( or Prof Sue Grimmond (

Postdoctoral Researcher: Urban Climate Modelling, NUS

July 20, 2018 in Positions, Student_Positions

The Urban Climate Lab ( in the Department of Geography ( at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is recruiting a highly motivated and independent postdoctoral researcher. We are seeking to strengthen our numerical modeling capabilities to complement current work in experimental urban climate research. The selected person will primarily provide expertise in validating and developing existing urban climate models, though opportunities exist to also participate in experimental field campaigns.

The models considered include the meso-scale urban parameterization scheme WRF, LES model PALM, energy balance scheme LUMPS, outdoor thermal comfort models such as ENVI-met, SOLWEIG and SkyHelios, or fine-scaled process-based urban energy balanced models like TUF3D that have not been tested or applied in densely populated cities in Asia. One possibility is that the successful applicant leads a systematic model comparison study to evaluate the applicability and fitness of models in the tropical context.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in a related field, relevant modeling experience, ability to work with large data sets, and excellent technical, organizational and communication skills, both written and verbal, to disseminate key results to the academic community and publish novel research work.

The position is approved and upon satisfactory performance available until March 2021. To apply, please send a 1-page cover letter, full CV including names and contact information of three references via email to Dr Matthias Roth (; who can also be approached for informal information. Applications completed before 15 September 2018 will receive primary consideration. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been selected.

For further information, contact:

Matthias ROTH
Professor and Deputy Head
Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
1 Arts Link, Kent Ridge, Singapore 117570
+65 6516 6103 (DID) :: +65 6777 3091 (Fax) :: (E)
Associate Editor, International Journal of Climatology

PhD opportunity: “Latent heat balance dynamics and heatwaves in cities” UNSW

June 6, 2018 in Student_Positions

Climate change strongly impacts the climate of cities, especially during heatwaves where there are synergies between synoptic conditions and local climate. Lack of understanding of the dynamics of evapotranspiration by vegetation and turbulent latent heat balance before heatwaves often leads to under-prediction of such events. This project will connect plant water use and stomatal conductance models differentiated by vegetation-soil systems with land surface models to provide new insight into the impacts of the built environment on moisture fluxes that influence heatwave intensity. Then it will investigate the climate impacts of the dynamic response of greenery in extreme heat conditions.

The ideal candidate has a strong cross-disciplinary scientific background, with solid bases in physics, maths, and especially in heat transfer and climate science. She/he has confidence in numerical simulation and data analysis. Programming skills and knowledge of fundamentals of statistics and probabilistic and possibilistic methods are an asset.

The successful candidate will work with both the Faculty of Built Environment and the Climate Change Research Centre in the Faculty of Science. The student will be supervised by Dr Riccardo Paolini (Built Environment), Dr Melissa Hart (Climate Change Research Centre) and Professor Mattheos Santamouris (Built Environment).

UNSW Scientia PhD scholars are awarded a prestigious scholarship package of $50,000 per annum, comprising a tax-free living allowance of $40,000 per annum for 4 years, and a support package of up to $10,000 per annum to provide financial support for career development activities.

The candidate will also become part of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, an international research consortium of five Australian universities (The University of New South Wales, Monash University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Tasmania and The Australian National University) and a suite of outstanding national and international Partner Organizations. The Centre provides excellent opportunities for travel and graduate student development.

Further details about the Scientia PhD scholarships can be found at and summarised in the FAQ (

Interested students should in the first instance send a CV, statement of research interests, and copies of academic transcripts to and

Bucharest Urban Climate Summer School

May 30, 2018 in Meetings, Student_Positions

The Bucharest Urban Climate Summer School (BUCSS) 2018 aims to provide structured information and skill-building capabilities related to urban climate monitoring, modelling and bio-meteorology, and it is tailored towards hands-on experiences on:
(1) Modelling tools used in urban meteorology and climatology
(2) Exploring critical linkages among environmental factors and emerging and chronic health threats and health disparities

The summer school is primarily intended for doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers who already have basic knowledge and interest for urban climate issues. Basic skills in climate studies, climate modelling, programming and statistics is required.

You may apply to attend BUCSS 2018 by e-mailing to the address the following: a) 2-page CV; b) 1-page letter of motivation; c) names, affiliation, e-mails and phone numbers of two professors or senior researchers who could provide references.

The summer school takes place from 27 to 31 August 2018, in Bucharest (Romania) and it is jointly organised by Research Institute of University of Bucharest (ICUB), Urban Climate Research Center at Arizona State University (ASU), Ghent University (Belgium), National Meteorological Administration (Meteo Romania), and Interdisciplinary Center of Advanced Research on Territorial Dynamics, University of Bucharest (CICADIT).

The deadline for submitting your application is 31 May 2018, yet may be extended until all places are filled. More information and details can be found at
In case of questions, do not hesitate to contact us (email on website).

Best regards,

Matthias Demuzere, on behalf of the Organizing Team

PhD Assistantship in Mesoscale/Regional Climate Modeling at ASU

December 6, 2017 in Student_Positions

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University is
accepting applications from exceptional students for a four-year assistantship in the pursuit of a
PhD degree in mesoscale/regional climate modeling. The assistantship comprises a generous
financial package, including a highly competitive stipend, full tuition waiver, and health

The successful applicant(s) will work under the supervision of Professor Matei Georgescu. The
student will enjoy tremendous collaborative and engagement opportunities including with the
Urban Climate Research Center, the Spatial Analysis Research Center, the Urban Water
Innovation Network, and the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research site.
Exceptional candidates should possess a Bachelor’s or Masters Degree in Atmospheric Sciences,
Geography, or a related discipline, and have a strong interest in land-atmosphere interactions and
mesoscale numerical modeling relevant to human-environment interactions. Experience in
handling data of various formats, programming skills, and interest in quantitative aspects of
human-environment interactions is desired. Exceptional oral and written communication skills
are required.

For further information about the School of Geographical Sciences in general, or this opportunity
specifically, please contact Dr. Matei Georgescu ( Additional
information about our School is available from:

PhD Opportunity – Temple University (Philadelphia, USA)

November 29, 2017 in Student_Positions

PhD Opportunity at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is accepting applications for a four-year assistantship in urban climate for the pursuit of a doctoral degree. The assistantship provides a stipend plus tuition remission. For more information on conditions of employment please see our financial support website:

Successful applicants will work with Dr. Ariane Middel and will be involved in urban climate projects focused on field observations and spatial modeling of outdoor thermal comfort and microclimate.

Qualified candidates should have a Master’s degree in Geography, Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Sciences, or a related discipline. Candidates should have a strong interest in urban climate and be eager to work in a multi-disciplinary environment. Preference will be given to applicants with strong quantitative backgrounds who have previously completed research in urban climate. Experience in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, data analysis, and programming skills are desired. Strong skills in oral and written communication are required.

The doctoral program focuses on geographic approaches to the study of urban and environmental processes and conditions in US and international settings. Our emphasis is on the themes of sustainability, social justice, and geographical methods. We train our students to conduct theoretically-informed and empirically-grounded research in urban and metropolitan settings, understand interdisciplinary and integrative analyses of complex urban processes and problems, and specialize in techniques for urban analysis with an emphasis on GIS, spatial statistics, and qualitative methods. The program serves full-time students only.

Applicants should submit application materials to the program no later than January 15, 2018.  

For more information about this assistantship, please contact Dr. Ariane Middel ( and Dr. Kevin Henry ( Please include a copy of your CV, unofficial academic transcripts, and a brief personal statement that highlights skills relevant to the position.

For more information about the department, please see

To apply, please see:

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and the University especially encourages applications from women and minorities.

PhD Position: CNRM/CNRS Urban Climate and Climate Change Modeling

June 1, 2017 in Student_Positions

The National Center in Meteorological Research (CNRM) of MeteoFrance/CNRS (Toulouse, France) is recruiting a PhD student to work on urban climate and climate change modeling.
The student will be supervised in collaboration between the urban climate team and the regional climate team of  CNRM.
Please find in attachment the description of the proposal Study of urban climate: in-line modeling, downscaling methods and uncertainties evaluation.

This PhD-thesis will start October 2017 (at earliest)

The deadline for application is 15 June 2017.
For further information contact: Aude Lemonsu, CNRM/GMME/TURBAU,

PhD position at KU Leuven (Belgium)

July 16, 2016 in Student_Positions

A PhD position (4year period) on urban climate modeling in Africa, is available at the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences KU Leuven, Belgium.

For details and how to apply, please see the full position description.


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