Ph.D. position in atmospheric dynamics

School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, Canada
Closing date: not specified

A Ph.D. position is available for a qualified individual with a background in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, physics, or mathematics. The goal of the proposed research is to quantify the importance of different mechanisms that cause global climate model (GCM) biases and projected changes in extratropical cyclones (ETCs). The position is funded through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grants Program (NSERC-DG).

The Ph.D. student will assess mechanisms that cause GCM biases and projected changes in ETCs from the potential vorticity perspective. The first objective is to quantify the contributions from different atmospheric levels to ETC intensity biases and projections by inverting potential vorticity. The second objective is to assess how these contributions are related to the larger-scale atmospheric flow in which ETCs are embedded. The third objective is to verify the identified mechanisms in sensitivity experiments using a simplified GCM.

The Ph.D. student will disseminate the findings in national and international conferences and develop manuscripts that will be submitted to high-quality journals. Supervision will be carried out by Dr. Christian Seiler and Prof. Adam Monahan. The student will engage in a training program that will support the transition from being a student to becoming a productive professional in the field. Inter-institutional collaboration includes Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and the University of Reading.

Review of applicants will start on 1 November 2018.

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