Friday, January 7, 2011

PhD studentships in Ice and Climate Research

PhD studentships in Ice and Climate Research Three PhD studentships (3 yrs) in ice sheet and glacier modelling and radio echo data analysis are available at the Centre for Ice and Climate, a Danish National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence located at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. The PhD students will have the opportunity to participate in the International deep ice core drilling project, NEEM, on the Greenland Ice Sheet, the ERC Advanced Investigators Project WATERundertheICE and the Nordic Centre of Excellence SVALI.

·         Modelling of Greenland Ice Streams. We seek a PhD student to join the ERC Advanced Investigators Project WATERundertheICE. The overall goal of the PhD project is to use newlyacquired information on the bedrock and water under the fast flowing ice streams on the Greenland Ice Sheet to improve modelling of ice dynamics. We envision a strong collaboration with the CReSIS research group at the University of Kansas. Supervisor: Professor Dorthe DahlJensen.
·         Tracing Radio Echo Sounding Layers. We seek a PhD student with a strong background in programming and data management to indentify and trace layers in radio echo sounding data profiles collected over the Greenland ice sheet. We envision a strong collaboration with the CReSIS research group at the University of Kansas and the traced layers will be made available on the CReSIS homepage when the task is completed. Supervisor: Professor Dorthe DahlJensen.
·         Ice dynamics and glacier hydrology. We seek a PhD student to model the interplay between ice dynamics and glacial hydrology. The presence of water greatly enhances the flow of ice and therefore acts as an important control on ice sheet response to climate change. It is anticipated that the applicant will spend time at Svartisen Subglacial Laboratory, Norway. The position is announced as a part of the project "Stability and Variations of Arctic Land Ice" (SVALI) under the Toplevel Research Initiative (TRI) which is a major Nordic collaborative venture for studies of climate, energy and the environment. SVALI is a Nordic Centre of Excellence within the TRI subprogramme "Interaction between Climate Change and the Cryosphere" (ICCC) which aims to improve our understanding of stability, variations and dynamics of the cryosphere. Supervisor: postdoc Aslak Grinsted. The work will take place in close collaboration with the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).

The applicants of the PhD studentships should have a Masters degree in geophysics, physics, computer science, or other related or relevant fields. The Master’s degree should be obtained before the start of the PhD study, which should be in 2011. The standard PhD program at the Centre is for three years and provides all students with full benefits and a monthly salary starting at 25,000 Danish kroner.

Please send an application that describes your research interests and your proposed start time of a PhD studentship and enclose
·         CV,
·         A detailed evaluation of your master thesis or a statement from your master thesis supervisor, 
·         An official record of exam results, and
·         Names and contact information on preferably three scientific referees

Indicate which position(s) you are applying for, and prioritize which one(s) you prefer if you are applying for more than one. Also, please let us know how you became aware of the open position. Please collect everything in a single PDF file and send the application to no later than January 17, 2011, at noon CET. Upon receipt, a note of confirmation will be provided within two workdays (except from December 20 31).

We reserve the right not to consider material received after the deadline, and not to consider applications that do not live up to the abovementioned requirements. Applicants will not be informed of the identity of the other applicants or see their evaluations.

Questions about the projects should be directed to the supervisors: Professor and centre leader Dorthe DahlJensen ( or postdoc Aslak Grinsted (, while more general questions about the centre research, terms of employment, or the application procedure can be directed to centre coordinator Sune Olander Rasmussen (

Any potential applicant is invited to apply irrespective of age, sex, race, religion, or ethnic background.

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