Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Disruptive Innovative Computing for Weather and Climate

Oxford, UK
£31,604 - £38,833 p.a.
Nov 09, 2017
Nov 27, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Disruptive Innovative Computing for Weather and Climate. The post is available initially for a fixed-term until 31 December 2020.

This project will explore the possibility of using one of two types of computing system for possible applications in weather/climate prediction: Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), and Quantum Computers. A key novel ingredient relevant to either is the opportunity to explore imprecise computing, with either low-precision numerics on an FPGA, or using partially coherent qubits on a quantum computer. The successful candidate will work on co-development of hardware and software relevant for next generation weather/climate models, liaise with other scientists working on imprecise modelling and from other fields, present results at external meetings nationally and internationally, and publish results in peer reviewed journals. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

The successful candidate will have experience working with either FPGAs or quantum computers (in the latter case, theoretical experience will be sufficient). It is not necessary to have a background in weather or climate science, though some knowledge of nonlinear dynamics (e.g. of chaotic systems) would be helpful. Applicants should possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in computer science.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Tim Palmer ( ).

You will be required to upload a statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Friday 5 January 2018 can be considered.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here: