Department of Geography

Fully funded NERC PhD studentship in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey on "Modelling the age-depth and temperature profiles of the BAS deep Antarctic ice cores"

We seek applicants for a fully-funded NERC studentship, commencing October 2013. The successful student will be registered with Durham University, but will be based at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in Cambridge, and will participate in regular supervisory meetings in Durham. Supervisors for the project are Dr Rob Mulvaney (BAS), Dr Pippa Whitehouse (Durham), Professor Mike Bentley (Durham), and Dr Richard Hindmarsh (BAS).

Project Outline

The student will develop robust chronologies for three BAS Antarctic ice cores, employing a range of modelling techniques. The student will have access to the full dataset of BAS ice core and borehole measurements but will also be required to generate some new laboratory data to support the modelling work. Each of the ice cores contains a record of climate and atmosphere spanning at least 50kyrs. The development of a robust chronology for these ice cores is vital to enable comparison with other deep ice cores and hence understand the pattern of climate and ice sheet change across Antarctica. See the full advert posted on the BAS vacancies webpage for further details of the project and how to apply.

The successful applicant will receive training in analysing ice cores, and ice flow modelling. There is no fieldwork attached to this project. Applicants should have a good first degree (2:1 or higher) in Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Physical Geography, Earth Science, Mathematics or other numerate subject.

The closing date for applications is 28th February, 2013.

The studentship is expected to last 3.5 years from October 2013. Stipend for 2012 / 2013 was £13,590 p.a. For eligibility see the NERC Postgraduate eligibility webpage.

If you have any further questions on the project, please contact Dr Pippa Whitehouse (