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Research Associate in Climate Data Analysis

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Full or part-time (see job details)
Contract status
Fixed term
32,817 - 40,322 a year
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Role Description


A 2 year Research Associate post in the Department of Chemistry is available to work on the GloSAT project to extend the historical climate record back into the 18th century. Part time working over 3 years and job sharing will also be considered. You will work with Professor K Cowtan, an interdisciplinary data scientist working in fields including structural biology and climate science. The climate group is a new one, however you will benefit from contacts with the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory in the same department, from proximity to the Department of Environment and Geography, and from Professor Cowtan’s network of contacts in the climate field.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful academic departments at York, as a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award.


You will conduct research projects, specifically to:

  • assess the internal consistency of single domain temperature measures developed within the GloSAT project
  • develop a model of temperature change across geomorphological domain boundaries and use this model to assess consistency and identify potential biases between measurement types and domains
  • provide tools and results to project partners to enable further improvement of data assimilation and curation and document the project in a form which enables reuse by others

Where appropriate you will:

  • assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and development of research proposals
  • provide guidance to other staff and students, as well as coordinate the work of small research teams
  • analyse and write up research results and disseminate them through publications, seminar and conference presentations and public engagement and outreach activities
  • assist with undergraduate teaching in own area of expertise

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • A first degree in a physical science, mathematics or computing and PhD in climate science, meteorology or a data science
  • Knowledge and skills in computational science and a range of research techniques and methodologies including computer programming in a modern object oriented computer language, computational methods and tools, and statistical data analysis.
    • Software development tools, including version control systems
    • Experience of open science and research data management
    • Highly developed oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to write-up research work for publications and to present to conferences
    • Ability and experience to develop research objectives and carry out individual and collaborative projects, planning and prioritising own work in order to meet deadlines
    • Highly motivated and professional and collaborative work ethic, committed to high quality research and a willingness to proactively support colleagues and students
    • Ability to work within a team environment and work independently using own initiative and with attention to detail

Interview date: week commencing 10/08/20

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Kevin Cowtan on

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