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Durham University

Department of Geography

News Archive

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Ref: 1874

(16 March 2007)

The Department of Geography at Durham University wishes to appoint a full-time postdoctoral research associate to work on a 12-month NERC-funded project, awarded to Dr M. Bentley. The primary aim of this research is to better understand the long-term deglacial behaviour of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. This will be addressed by using an ice sheet model to investigate the past behaviour of the ice sheet in the Weddell Sea area, constrained against geomorphological data that have been already collected as part of the project.

The overall aim of the project is to establish the timing and rate of thinning of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) from its maximum extent in an area inland of the Weddell Sea embayment. The specific objectives are (a) to date geomorphological evidence of ice sheet thinning in the Ellsworth Mountains using in situ cosmomogenic nuclides and (b) to infer WAIS dynamics (specifically grounding line and ice volume changes) in the Weddell Sea embayment through high-resolution glaciological modelling, constrained against the geomorphological record of elevation change through time. The importance of the project is that the past dynamics of the WAIS have implications for its future behaviour, and thus global sea level.

Salary: 22,332 per annum

Closing Date: 22nd March 2007