Postdoc Research Assoc., volcanic impacts - Cambridge, UK

A postdoctoral researcher position (fixed term, 40 months) in volcanic plume modelling is being offered in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, UK.


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate to join the group of Dr Anja Schmidt on a NERC-funded consortium project (V-PLUS) which aims to improve our understanding of volcanic plume processes and our ability to forecast the dispersion of volcanic plumes by integrating remote-sensing, in-situ observations and numerical models.

The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplinary research team involving the Universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Oxford, Cardiff, and Leeds as well as the Met Office.

The candidate will run and develop numerical models and mathematical tools to simulate the dispersion of volcanic plumes, and to assess their atmospheric and societal impacts.


Working in close collaboration with the Met Office, a major aim is to improve current operational forecasting capabilities by integrating in-situ measurements, satellite-based datasets and numerical techniques gathered within the V-PLUS project.

Overall, this is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious researcher to become a leader in the numerical modelling and impact assessment of gas-rich and ash-rich volcanic plumes.


The successful candidate will have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in atmospheric science, meteorology, physics or mathematics. Experience with numerical techniques as applied to the modelling of atmospheric processes would be advantageous.


Applications close 22 February 2019.

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Further information

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Dr Anja Schmidt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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