Two Senior Research Assistants in Meteorological and Air Quality Prediction

March 4, 2018 in Positions

SBU/Department: School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics,
Centre for Atmospheric and Climate Physics Research (CACP)

Previously Centre for Atmospheric and Instrumentation Research (CAIR)

Salary: £27285 to £32548 pa depending on experience
Grade: UH6
FTE: 1.0

Duration of Contract:     TWO Full time, fixed term posts for 24 months with possibility of extension. These posts are available immediately

Closing date:     11th March 2018
Job Ref: 016019

Main duties & responsibilities

We are looking for two enthusiastic and self-motivated atmospheric/computational scientists to contribute to ongoing national and international programmes on meteorological and air quality prediction (e.g. forecasting and analysis of atmospheric processes that influence air quality, atmospheric composition and interactions with climate). You will be responsible for air quality modelling, data processing and analysis including emissions and other data processing (eg with SMOKE and GIS). You will contribute to design and organisation of research projects, preparation of funding proposals, managing relevant software and take a lead in problem solving day to day issues related to research projects. You will assist with dissemination of results, writing and publishing of papers in high quality peer-reviewed international journals and present research results at relevant meetings. You will also be involved in other activities and projects including the organisation of meetings and conferences, maintenance of the high performance computing cluster, websites and management of Atmospheric Composition Laboratory. You will assist in the supervision of student projects and undertaking teaching, where required.

Skills and experience needed

You will have strong experience in the development and/or use of advanced atmospheric models, specifically WRF-CMAQ or WRF-Chem including pre-processing of data such as emissions (e.g. using SMOKE and GIS) and relevant theoretical understanding of atmospheric and climate science such as boundary layer physics, air quality-climate interactions, dynamical and transformation atmospheric processes. You will have demonstrable PhD level research experience and be skilled in programming, data analysis. Experience in technical and code/software maintenance on Linux based cluster systems will be desirable. In addition to having excellent communication and time management skills, you will have a strong commitment to publishing papers in high quality journals. It is expected that you will be familiar with the use of large datasets and relating these to underlying mechanisms and multiscale processes. Preference will be given to excellent candidates that can take up the post as soon as possible.

Qualifications required

You must have a good first degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Physics, Meteorology, Mathematics and/or Computer Science with programming) and a PhD in a topic related to air quality and meteorological modelling with strong computer programming elements based on Linux cluster systems

Contact Details/Informal Enquiries

Please contact Professor Ranjeet S Sokhi, Centre for Atmospheric and Climate Physics Research (CACP)

Tel: 01707 284520, Email:

For further information please visit:

The School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics takes pride in the diversity of its staff, and is a Practitioner in the IOP’s Project Juno, as well as holding Athena SWAN Bronze award. We encourage applications from all suitably qualified individuals irrespective of gender or membership of minorities.

Application procedure:

Apply online at

Please include your full CV (with contact details of three referees)

Lecturer / Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department at Yncréa, Catholic University of Lille, France

January 21, 2018 in Positions

Lecturer / Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department at Yncréa, Catholic University of Lille, France. Please note that urban climate researchers are welcome to apply.

Yncréa Hauts-de-France, a non-profit higher education group founded in 1885, trains engineers in more than 50 sectors: construction, IT, electronics, mechanics, energy, chemistry, medical technologies, robotics, agriculture, foodtech, finance, entrepreneurship.

With more than 4000 students enrolled in HEI, ISA and ISEN engineering graduate schools, over 400 employees, a network of more than 27,000 alumni, campuses in Lille, Châteauroux, Nîmes, Rabat (Morocco), two partner schools ISEN Brest and ISEN Toulon, Yncréa Hauts-de-France is a leader in engineering education in Europe: more than 300 partnerships with international universities, more than 2,500 business partnerships. Yncréa Hauts-de-France carries out 3 main activities: training, research and transfer / expertise to the economic world and is recognized for its know-how in innovation and trans-disciplinary approaches to management and technology.

Yncréa Hauts-de-France invites applications for a full-time permanent position (starting as soon as possible) as Lecturer or Assistant Professor in City Science.

The successful applicant will join the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department of HEI. He/She is expected to teach in the Smart Cities Master Program. This program consists of two majors (namely “Building Science” and “Sustainable Urbanism”) and a workshop focusing on both building and neighborhood scales. He/She will contribute to develop the existing teaching content with the head of the program. He/She will participate to the coordination of the teaching programs and their evolution in an international perspective. He/She will supervise students during internships, technical projects and R&D projects. Participation to R&D programs driven by industrial partners is also expected.

Depending on candidate profile, research activities will be performed at the Civil Engineering and Geo-environment Laboratory (LGCgE), which is a multidisciplinary research laboratory that groups about 70 researchers from universities of the ComUE Lille Nord de France. It leads researches regarding the fields of sustainable building and planning, energy and natural resources management, ecology and biodiversity. The successful applicant will contribute to research topics related to urban and architectural issues at different scales.

Applicants should hold an Engineering Degree plus 5 years of experience or a PhD. He/She needs to:
– be fluent in English as a working language in both research and teaching.
– show commitment to teaching.
– show ability to work as a team.

Full-time, permanent position, based in Lille, France.

For inquiries related to this position, candidates are invited to contact Mickaël Broda, Head of the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department

Please send applications (Resume and Cover letter) to

2nd Smart Cities in Smart Regions 2018 Conference

January 21, 2018 in Meetings

Abstract submissions to the 2nd  Smart Cities in Smart Regions 2018 Conferences is now open!. Abstract submission deadline is January 29, 2018.

Lahti University of Applied Sciences is the main organiser of the second international Smart Cities in Smart Regions Conference September 26-27, 2018. All keynotes have confirmed their presence at the Conference and they will introduce their insight into conference sub-themes. New keynote revelations are Kari Herlevi, Project Director of Sitra, Johan Merlevede, Managing Director of Leuven MindGate and İdil Gaziulusoy, Assistant Professor of Aalto University. More information of the keynotes:

The main themes of the conference are:
• Green Infrastructure and Well-being
• Design, Technology and Digitalisation
• Circular economy and Entrepreneurship

Cities as important measurement sites in a proposed Global Earth Observatory

January 4, 2018 in Projects

This comment by M. Kulmala published in the 03 Jan 2018 issue of the journal Nature on a proposal for a Global Earth Observatory makes note of the importance of cities as one of the important places to start making such measurements.

December 2017 issue of Urban Climate News

December 29, 2017 in Newsletter

The December 2017 issue of the Urban Climate News (Issue 66) is now available.
On behalf of Editor David Pearlmutter and the entire UCN Team, Happy 2018!

ICUC-10 Abstract Deadline Revised to Jan 2, 2018

December 29, 2017 in Newsletter

The deadline for abstracts submission for the 10th International Conference on Urban Climate/14th Symposium on the Urban Environment (ICUC10) has been extended to January 2, 2018. The conference will be held in New York City, 6 – 10 August 2018.

There is NO FEE to submit an abstract! Detailed information, the call for papers and the link to the abstract submission portal are all available on the conference webpage.

Note to students from developing countries:  We have secured financial assistance for limited travel support for students from developing countries in need of travel assistance.  We encourage these students to submit their abstracts and request travel assistance in the abstract submission form.  Travel awards will be granted after the abstract acceptance time.

Note to colleagues from countries banned from entering US:  We encourage citizens from countries currently banned from entering the US to also submit an Abstract before the deadline. The Organizers are working to accommodate their research into the conference.

For further information; feel free to contact the Local Organizers; Profs. Jorge E. González and Prathap Ramamurthy of the City College of New York; at

ICUC-10 Abstract Deadline – Dec 15, 2017

December 14, 2017 in Meetings

The deadline to submit an abstract to the upcoming 10th International Conference on Urban Climate/14th Symposium on the Urban Environment is on December 15, 2017. The conference will be held in New York, New York, 6 – 10 August 2018.


There is NO FEE to submit an abstract! Detailed information, the call for papers and the link to the abstract submission portal are all available on the conference webpage. We hope to see you in New York City!


We encourage citizens from Iran, Chad, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, Sudan, Libya and Somalia that are currently banned from entering the US, to also submit an Abstract before the deadline. We are working on accommodating their research in to the conference.



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:

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Atmospheric Science: University of Birmingham, UK

December 6, 2017 in Positions

The University of Birmingham is continuing to make strategic investments across its research base in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. As part of a significant investment in Environmental Sciences / Geography staffing, we are now seeking to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Atmospheric Science to expand our extensive and internationally excellent research and teaching in this field.

Current research strengths in Birmingham include urban air pollution, atmospheric chemistry, applied meteorology and climatology.  The group is heavily involved in international field projects supported by RCUK, EU, DfID and industrial sponsor, development of new observational tools including sensor networks, evaluation of vehicle and other emissions through on-road and dynamometer experiments, laboratory and chamber studies of atmospheric chemical processes, modeling of atmospheric processing on a range of spatial scales (street canyon to global), prediction of meteorological extremes and climate impacts upon infrastructure, and biosphere-atmosphere interactions.  Our facilities include several new on-line field instruments, a substantial NERC investment in a detailed atmospheric monitoring on campus, and the BIFoR-FACE facility.    Research in this area will further benefit from a major University capital investment in a new Molecular Sciences research laboratory building under development.  We also have a strong track record in the provision of science advice to inform local, national and EU policy.  For further details, please see:

Applications are invited from candidates in all areas of atmospheric science; however we particularly encourage applications which will complement our research strengths in Applied Meteorology or in Air Pollution, and related topics.  Candidates able to strengthen our engagement with industry / business and wider outreach would be especially welcome.  Preference will be given to candidates whose work is based primarily upon experimental measurements (field or laboratory) and data analyses rather than solely numerical modelling.

Applicants for this post must demonstrate (or show potential for) international excellence in their research area.  Evidence of a track record in publishing work of the highest academic quality and impact is essential, alongside track record of / potential for obtaining external research funding.  Willingness to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries within the School and College is strongly encouraged, and applicants must have a commitment to delivering excellent research-informed teaching and learning, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and communicating the relevance and impact of their research to stakeholders.

Interviews will be held in early February (provisionally, 12/13 Feb 2018).

Candidates are encouraged to address informal enquiries to Professor William Bloss (Head of School; or Professor Roy Harrison (Research Theme Lead; ahead of formal application.

A full Job Description and Further Details are available on the University of Birmingham webpages.  To download the details and submit an electronic application online, which should include a full / detailed CV and covering letter, please visit:

Post Reference: 58370

Closing date:  3 Jan 2018

Full Professor (W2) in Physical Geography and Climatology, Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering of RWTH Aachen University, Germany:

November 29, 2017 in Positions

We are seeking qualified applicants for teaching and research in the area of Physical Geography and Climatology.
The starting date is at the earliest possible date. We expect recognized expertise in the field of of Physical Geography with a focus on Climatology.
Experience should have been proved in at least one of the following fields: urban climatology, topoclimates, field experiments as well as data processing and analysis.

A methodological background in at least one of the following subjects is required: Geographical Information Systems, remote sensing or geostatistics.

We welcome your interest in the vital issue of recent climate change and its implications.
Participation in interdisciplinary research cooperation at the RWTH University is expected.
Teaching tasks comprise various courses in the Bachelor and Master programs offered at the Division of Earth Sciences and Geography.
Besides a climatology focus, the broader field of Physical Geography needs to be covered within the B.Sc. program Applied Geography.
Further, we expect you to participate in other integrated study programs at RWTH Aachen University.

A Ph.D. degree is required; additionally, Habilitation (postdoctoral lecturing qualification), an exemplary record of research achievement as an assistant / an associate / a junior professor or university researcher and/or an outstanding career outside academia are highly desirable.

Ability in and commitment to teaching are essential. The application should include supporting documents regarding success in teaching.

German is not necessary to begin but will be expected as a teaching language within the first 5 years.

Longterm experience in application-oriented teaching is requested.

Please send a cover letter stating research aims and a CV to:

Dekan of the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering
RWTH Aachen University
Prof. Dr. Axel Preusse
52056 Aachen

You can also send your application via email to

Please note, however, that communication via unencrypted e-mail poses a threat to confidentiality as it is potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access by third parties.
The deadline for applications is 05.01.2018.

This position is also available as part-time employment per request.
RWTH Aachen University is certified as a family-friendly university and offers a dual career program for partner hiring.

We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled people and ethnic minority groups,
recognizing they are under-represented across RWTH Aachen University. The principles of fair and open competition apply and appointments will be made on merit.

Job posting at the University Website:

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