4-year project researcher position on particle-based cloud modeling at Univ of Hyogo

4-year project researcher position on particle-based cloud modeling at Univ of Hyogo


We are hiring a project researcher on particle-based cloud modeling starting at the earliest possible date. The researcher will participate in the JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) "From Particles to Precipitation: Toward a Deeper Understanding of Cloud Systems with the Super-Droplet Method" (PI: Shin-ichiro Shima)

The super-droplet method (SDM) is a particle-based numerical scheme that enables accurate simulation of clouds (Shima et al., 2009), which is gaining popularity in rencent years (Grabowski et al., 2019; Morrison et al., 2020). Using SDM, we developed SCALE-SDM, a detailed numerical model of mixed-phase clouds in which ice particle morphologies are explicitly predicted (Shima et al., 2020).

The purpose of this project is to quantify the extent to which using the SDM can improve the simulation of clouds and precipitation. To achieve this, we will perform numerical simulations for various types of clouds and compare them directly with observations. Specifically, we will focus on the microscopic structure of clouds and demonstrate that the SDM can accurately reproduce the size and shape of cloud droplets, raindrops, and ice particles. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with Dr Shin-ichiro Shima and other project members.



Graduate School of Information Science, University of Hyogo

Job location
Kobe, Japan (onsite)

Employment Status

  • Part-time researcher (with the possibility of being granted the title of Specially Appointed Assistant Professor)


  • Starting at the earliest possible until the end of Mar 2025 with the possibility of extension until the end of Mar 2027
  • Monthly salary of about 273,281 JPY (including regional allowance)
  • Bonuses are provided when some conditions are met (e.g., a term of appointment is 6 months or more)
  • Commuting expenses are provided
  • Health & pension insurance is evenly paid by the employee and the project
  • 23 hours per week (5.75h×4days or 7.75h×2days+7.5h×1day)
  • The contract will be renewed every fiscal year
  • If a working day falls on a holiday stipulated by National Holidays Law, no work is required.
  • Conference fees, travel fees are covered


  • PhD degree
  • Fluency in English
  • Background in meteorology, cloud microphysics, and aerosol physics
  • Programming skills for scientific computing
  • Experience in high-performance computing, and numerical model development

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

Interested candidates should submit their application to Shin-ichiro Shima (s_shima@sim.u-hyogo.ac.jp). The application should include:

  1. Curriculum Vitae with a complete list of publications and contacts of at least two reference persons
  2. Research statement including a summary of research accomplishments and current research, possible contribution to the project, and future career plan

For additional information please contact Shin-ichiro Shima (s_shima@sim.u-hyogo.ac.jp).