Research Fellow in Boundary Layer Meteorology over Southern West Africa

University of Leeds - School of Earth and Environment

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a background in meteorology? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

DACCIWA is a large EU-funded international consortium addressing the interactions between dynamics, aerosols, clouds, chemistry in the southern West Africa region. It addresses the impacts of anthropogenic emissions on weather, climate and human health. DACCIWA has partners in the UK, Benin, France, Germany, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Switzerland. The DACCIWA field campaign will took place in summer 2016, with ground-based supersites in Benin and Ghana and flights from UK, French, German research aircraft, as well as other measurements.

Millions rely on the annual rains of the West African monsoon, but the system and its rainfall remain poorly predicted. There is a strong diurnal cycle in the monsoon flow, with nocturnal flow and boundary layer turbulence inhibiting flow during the day, which models struggle to capture. Furthermore, it has recently been identified that the nocturnal flow leads to low thin stratus clouds that break up during the day. These have significant radiative impacts, but model predictions for these clouds vary considerably. We seek a motivated researcher to understand and quantify the boundary-layer processes in summertime southern West Africa. This will require collaborating with others in DACCIWA working on related topics.

You will make use of unique new data from the 2016 field campaign, particularly from the Ghana supersite hat was deployed by staff from the University of Leeds and National Centre for Atmospheric Science, to quantify the observed boundary-layer evolution. Bringing these together with simulations and analyses from elsewhere in DACCIWA you will understand the key processes and how these are represented in models. At Leeds you will work with Leeds DACCIWA PI John Marsham, as well as having the opportunity to work with others performing research on closely related topics, especially in the large and active dynamics research group, who work extensively on West Africa.

You will have a PhD (or be nearing completion) in a relevant branch of atmospheric or Earth System science; e.g. boundary-layer meteorology, atmospheric dynamics, meteorology or atmospheric physics. You will have proven experience in numerical programming and data visualisation. You will be expected to show demonstrable commitment to publication of original results at an international level.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr John Marsham, Associate Professor, Tel: +44 (0) 113 343 6422, email:

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Faculty/Service: Faculty of Environment

Category: Research

Contract Type: Fixed Term (7 months due to external funding)

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