Careers information

This page contains information on academic fellowship programs, on sectors, organisations and companies that would probably value experience in AOPP-related research or have employed former AOPP members, and links to websites giving general information on how best to advance your career. It was put together with input from many present and former members of AOPP. Of course there are many more academic posts and firms without any focus on AOPP topics or science and technology who will hire people from our field - the Careers Service can probably provide detailed help with these. Also, check out for its profiles of people who have transitioned from academia to industry. This page is maintained by Peter Watson - please do email with any suggestions or queries that you have.

Academic research fellowships

Note if you intend to apply for a research fellowship to be held in Oxford Physics, the Research Facilitation team can help you. Find more information at their web page.

General or for both climate/meteorological and space/planetary science



  • NASA Postdoctoral Program
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Lawrence Fellowship (national security-related)



Climate and meteorological science



Space and planetary science


  • Science and Technology Facilities Council: Ernest Rutherford Fellowships, "supporters" of various others
  • Royal Astronomical Society: Research Fellowships, Sir Norman Lockyer Fellowship, co-sponsors of Daphne Jackson Fellowships (for those who have taken career breaks)


  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Clay Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • UC Berkeley Townes Fellowship
  • Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Postdoctoral Earth and Planetary Sciences Fellowship
  • Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (related to NASA Cosmic Origins)
  • Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships (exoplanet research)


  • European Space Agency Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
  • European Space Agency Living Planet Fellowships
  • European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere Fellowship Programme


  • JAXA: International Top Young Fellowship and Aerospace Project Research Associate (Japan)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers

Research institutes, research companies and meteorological agencies


  • Met Office
  • European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (space science)
  • British Antarctic Survey (climate science)
  • National Oceanography Centre
  • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

USA and Canada

  • NASA GISS (climate and planetary science)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
  • National Centre for Atmospheric Research
  • National Centres for Environmental Prediction
  • The USA national labs
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Northwest Research Associates (mainly climate and solar science)
  • Carnegie Institution for Science (does some planetary science)
  • Ashima (planetary science)
  • Desert Research Institute
  • Environment Canada (e.g. Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis)


  • Max Planck Institutes for Meteorology, Chemistry and Chemical Ecology (Germany)
  • TROPOS (Germany)
  • EUMETSAT (Earth observation)
  • National weather forecasters

Further afield

  • Meteorological Research Institute (Japan)
  • Research Institute for Global Change (climate science) (Japan)
  • National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (New Zealand)
  • National weather forecasters

Space science, Earth observation and instrumentation

  • NASA (GISS, Goddard, JPL, Langley, Ames)
  • European Space Agency
  • JAXA
  • Astrium
  • Thales

Scientific organisations

  • Royal Society
  • Royal Meteorological Society
  • Institute of Physics
  • Royal Astronomical Society
  • World Meteorological Organisation
  • Research councils (e.g. NERC, STFC, EPSRC)
  • EGU and AGU

Financial sector

Insurance and Reinsurance

Relevant job positions
Catastrophe modellers and exposure management analysts (though the more ambitious may want to consider broker and underwriter roles).

Examples of firms
Underwriters: XL, Hiscox, Novae, Talbot, Catlin, Amlin, Barbican, Lancashire, AXIS Capital
Brokers: Aon, Willis, Guy Carpenter, JLT, Cooper Gay, Lockton, Howden, A J Gallagher
Reinsurers: Swiss Re, Munich Re, Renaissance Re, Validus Re, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, PartnerRe, Aspen Re, AQR Re, Tiger Risk
Model vendors: Risk Management Solutions, EQE, AIR
(Note each firm may have activities in more than one category, the above being just a rough guide.)

Hedge funds

Weather analysts at Cumulus Hedge Funds
Financial modelling in general

Governmental and intergovernmental bodies

  • Atomic Weapons Establishment
  • Centre for Science and Policy
  • DECC
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • Environment Agency
  • Environmental Protection Agency (USA)
  • GCHQ
  • UNEP

Software development

Examples of firms doing scientific software development

General resources
Here are some tips on skills to develop and how to approach interviews (pdf). stackoverflow is one place where job listings can be found. Duncan Watson-Parris has worked at Tessella and is happy to be contacted by people looking to work in this sector.

Other sectors

Sources of general information