[ES_JOBS_NET] Land surface / Climate Modeller, CEH Wallingford, UK

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Wed Mar 30 08:51:10 MDT 2016

***Land surface / Climate Modeller*


Based in Wallingford UK.

Permanent – Salary £28,200 per annum

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed land surface modeller 
to work as part of a national multi-centre team delivering the new UK 
Earth System Model (UKESM). The primary roles of this post will be to:

Run a model of the Earth System on High Performance Computers

Analyse and evaluate the outputs of the model, with particular emphasis 
on understanding the land component

Add new developments to the model and resolve any problems with the 
model code

Work with partners including the Met Office, the National Oceanography 
Centre and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science

Communicate results to national and international teams of scientists.

Main Duties

The post will be within the Land Surface Processes team based at CEH 
Wallingford. The focus of the role is on the running and analysis of the 
performance of the land surface model (JULES) within the new UK Earth 
System Model (UKESM). The work falls within an international modelling 
experiment involving the major climate-modelling centres from around the 

You will be expected to liaise with modellers at the Met Office in 
Exeter to ensure any new model- code works within the larger framework 
of the Unified Model especially as the Met Office upgrade their 
modelling systems, work with an international team of scientists on 
ensuring different model configurations work on a range of spatial and 
temporal grids, and work with the team at CEH to trial and evaluate new 
model developments.

The role requires a combination of scientific and technical expertise as 
it requires scientific understanding of the behaviour of the land 
surface and its interaction with climate, as well as an ability to run 
and debug large computer models.

Proven ability in the following will be required:

Relevant computer languages (Linux/Unix) Model evaluation and analysis, 
paper writing and presentation of results at international scientific 

Ideally you will also have appropriate scientific understanding of land 
surface processes (including hydrology, plant physiology and 
biogeochemistry) The post sits within the UKESM project and will require 
frequent attendance (one week per month for the first year, 3 days per 
month for subsequent years) at project meetings at the Met Office in 
Exeter.Skills Required This is a research-based post focused on 
programming and the use of computer models and analysis of large volumes 
of data, so candidates will be expected to have a PhD in a relevant 
discipline plus a degree in climate, physical or environmental sciences 
with good relevant experience of computer modelling. You will keep 
up-to-date with current thinking in your science area, developing 
innovative approaches and building a track record of research and 

In particular, a high level of skill working and programming in a 
Linux/Unix environment is essential, while experience of High 
Performance Computers is desirable. Proven ability working with a high 
level computer language is essential but training can be given where 
necessary to tailor that to the languages (principally FORTRAN and 
Python) required for the post.

Existing knowledge of environmental and land surface science would be an 
advantag e . The high level of teamwork required in the post means the 
role would suit someone with good team-working skills as well as an 
ability to work independently and take initiative. You will be expected 
to build effective internal and external collaborations and be confident 
communicating and presenting work to peers.

The successful candidate will be expected to travel to frequent project 
meetings in Exeter, while occasional international travel may also be 

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