Durham University

Department of Geography

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Post Doctoral Research Associate in ice sheet and GIA modelling - Ref: 003406

(25 October 2016)

The Geography Department at Durham University seeks to appoint a full time Post-Doctoral Research Associate (PDRA) for a period of 3 years on a project that will use new constraints on ice loading history and uplift rates across regions of West and East Antarctica to develop a new GIA model for the continent. GIA is the ongoing response of the Earth to past ice sheet change and it contaminates measurements relating to present-day ice sheet change. A full understanding of GIA requires knowledge of the history of ice loading and this project will use newly-collected data collected by the University of Durham and British Antarctic Survey to develop detailed ice loading histories from the Last Glacial Maximum through to the Late Holocene. These loading histories will then be used as input for a GIA model. The overall aim of the project is to develop a more robust GIA correction for contemporary gravimetric measurements of Antarctic ice mass change.

The PDRA will be involved in developing and running a numerical ice sheet model, using new and existing geological and glaciological datasets as constraints, and then running the GIA model with the newly developed ice loading history. The PDRA will assess model results in comparison to new and existing geodetic measurements of present-day solid Earth deformation, along with records of past sea-level change. The post will require experience in numerical modelling of physical processes, and a working knowledge of ice sheet and solid Earth dynamics will be beneficial.

This project contributes to a larger project funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The PDRA will join the Ice Sheets and Sea Level research group at Durham University. The post will start as soon as possible for 3 years.

Enquiries about the post can be made to Professor Mike Bentley:-

Email: m.j.bentley@durham.ac.uk

Tel: +44-(0)191-334-1859

Please note that interviews are expected to take place week commencing 19 December 2016.

Closing date for applications: 4th December 2016