Durham University

Department of Geography

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Post Doctoral Research Associate - Ref: 3068

(18 October 2013)

Durham University seek to recruit a highly-motivated PDRA to join the NERC Consortium Project 'BRITICE-CHRONO Constraining rates and style of marine-influenced ice sheet decay' for a period of three years with a start date of no later than 1st March 2014. BRITICE-CHRONO is a 5-year NERC Consortium Project led by Chris Clark (Sheffield) and a steering group comprising Richard Chiverrell (Terrestrial - Liverpool), Colm Ó Cofaigh (Marine - Durham), Derek Fabel (Geochronology - Glasgow), James Scourse (Oceanography - Bangor) and Richard Hindmarsh (Ice sheet modelling - BAS). The project involves some 40+ researchers from eight universities, plus the British Geological Survey, British Antarctic Survey, NERC's radiocarbon facility and Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre. The driving motivation for BRITICE-CHRONO is concern about the stability of the marine-influenced West Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets, and consequent sea-level rise, thus it is imperative that we can predict the future rates of change of these large ice masses. Numerical ice sheet models - capable of making predictions - exist and are being refined, but they have yet to be adequately tested against data on the pattern and timing of a shrinking ice sheet. Recent work has constrained the pattern of retreat of the marine-influenced ice sheet that once covered Ireland and Britain but the timing of retreat is inadequately constrained. BRITICE-CHRONO will address this by a systematic and directed campaign to collect and date material to constrain the timing and rates of change of the retreating ice sheet. This will be achieved by focussing on eight transects running from the continental shelf edge to a short distance (10s km) onshore and acquiring seafloor and terrestrial samples for geochronometric dating. The retreat of the British-Irish Ice Sheet will become a benchmark against which predictive ice sheet models can be improved and tested, thus making significant contributions to glaciology, climate and Quaternary science and to reducing the uncertainty of sea level predictions.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.

For further information please contact Professor Colm Ó Cofaigh
Tel: 0191 3341890
Email: (colm.ocofaigh@durham.ac.uk)

Closing date: 19th November 2013