Willis Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cyclone Risk Modelling

Updated: about 11 hours ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 17 Oct 2021

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

The above full-time post is available on a fixed term basis from 1st November 2021 until 31st October 2024.

The post

We seek to appoint an outstanding researcher to improve understanding of European winter storm risk under current and future climate conditions. This fellowship will provide an excellent opportunity to develop an academic career at the interface of mathematical and climate science that has real impact for the global insurance sector. Work will involve creating and analysing large storm data sets, developing novel physically consistent statistical methodologies for quantifying extreme storms and understanding the climate dynamics that controls how they will evolve due to low frequency natural variability and future climate change. The fellow will work closely with Prof. David Stephenson (U. of Exeter) and Prof. Adam Scaife (U. of Exeter/Met Office) and catastrophe modellers and risk analysts at Willis Towers Watson (a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company) and affiliates, as well as with other partners in the Willis Research Network.

About you

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals, identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds, and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants must have a PhD in Statistics, Mathematics, Physics or a related discipline. Experience of statistical modelling of complex datasets, excellent cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration skills, and computer programming skills (e.g. in R and Python) are also essential. Knowledge of dynamical meteorology and experience of using climate model output would also be desirable. Successful candidates will have demonstrated the ability to carry out creative, innovative, independent research, and the ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals and to create practical applications of their work with industry collaborators. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.    

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The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City . In 2019, Devon was voted as having the best quality of life of anywhere in England and Wales, making it a popular choice for both work and study.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at Exeter

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Since 2019, the university has also signed an Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating the University’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce. 

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career through industry collaborations and the opportunity to build networks in the financial risk management sector.
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

Further information

For further information please contact Professor David Stephenson http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/mathematics/staff/dbs202

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