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Job id: 089445. Salary: £43,205 - £45,521 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 10 May 2024. Closing date: 27 May 2024.

Business unit: Social Science & Public Policy. Department: School of Global Affairs School Office.

Contact details: Tom Matthews. Tom.matthews@kcl.ac.uk

Location: Strand Campus. Category: Research.

About Us

The Department of Geography at King’s College London is a vibrant hub of multi-disciplinary scholarship that seeks to address and resolve the most pressing issues facing our world today. By drawing together a unique cohort of scholars, the Department includes expertise in global environmental governance, the physical and social science dimensions of climate change, cross-border migration, emerging economies, and politics.

About the Role

The purpose of this role is to work on the UK Research and Innovation Future Leader’s Fellowship: Reducing Global Catastrophic Risks from Unseen Climate Extremes.

The appointed candidate will work within a team of physical and social scientists to help identify the most pressing threats to humanity from ‘unseen’ climate extremes – those events which lack a historical precedent, but which could occur in the relatively near future.

The researcher will be responsible for analysing very large multidimensional climate datasets to identify and characterise such novel events under different climate states (e.g., levels of global warming). Although the analysis will initially target the hazard of extreme heat, the search should ultimately encompass a wider set of climate threats. The ability to problem solve and work independently will be key for this role.

This is a full-time post and you will be offered an a fixed term contract until June 2028

About You

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

  1. A PhD in climate science, meteorology, or a cognate discipline   

  2. An excellent understanding of the physical processes driving climate and weather extremes

  3. Expertise in using computer programming to analyse large, multidimensional climate datasets

  4. Experience in publishing scientific articles

  5. Excellent written and oral communication skills

  6. An excellent ability to problem solve and work independently

Desirable criteria

  1. Familiarity with the JASMIN data analysis facility

  2. Expertise in the hazard of extreme heat

  3. Competence in statistical analysis and/or machine learning, especially for downscaling

  4. Experience of working collaboratively within an interdisciplinary context

Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

Further Information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.

Interviews are due to be held in June 2024

We are able to offer sponsorship for candidates who do not currently possess the right to work in the UK. Please note this is dependent on the salary offered which is based on your experience and will be discussed at the offer stage.