PhD fellow (fully funded scholarship) in modelling of ocean-atmosphere-cryosphere interactions in the Arctic

logo-University-of-CopenhagenThe Centre for Ice and Climate at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen has a vacancy for a PhD student in the field of Earth System Modeling with an Arctic focus.

The application deadline is October 1st, 2015, and the preferred starting date is December 1st, 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The scholarship will be carried out in close collaboration with the Danish Meteorological Institute. The position is part of the Ice2Ice project that works on identifying whether Arctic and sub-Arctic sea ice cover exerts important controls on past and future Greenland temperature and ice sheet variations. This particular position will focus on formulating consistent nudging techniques in the representation of high-latitude ocean and sea-ice processes in a coupled climate model in order to be able to perform simulations forced with well- and pre-defined sea ice and ocean conditions.

Job description

The Centre for Ice and Climate seeks a highly motivated candidate with the ability to work independently as well as in interdisciplinary research groups.

The candidate will work within the fields of global climate modeling. The focus will be on Arctic interactions between atmosphere, sea ice, and ocean and their possible control on the Greenland Ice Sheet. Both present-day, palaeoclimatic and future climate states will be central to the work. The work will contribute to further development of the EC-Earth state-of-the-art Earth System Model. In particular, the aim is to study the role of changes in sea-ice conditions as a controlling mechanism for the state of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

The successful applicant will be enrolled at the University of Copenhagen and take part in scientific activities both at the Centre for Ice and Climate and DMI. In addition to working on the research project, publications, and PhD thesis, the candidate must take PhD courses, participate in congresses, and participate in teaching and dissemination activities. The position involves a stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad.

Requirements and assessment criteria

The position is available for a 3-year period for applicants holding a relevant master’s degree or for a 4-year period for applicants who are already enrolled or are accepted to be enrolled at one of the Faculty’s master’s programmes. At the time of commencement, applicants for the 4-year period must have approximately one year of study remaining before graduating from their MSc programme.

Applicants applying for the 3-year position must have completed a master’s degree or equivalent in physics, mathematics, earth science (including geology, climate, meteorology, oceanography) or similar fields relevant to the PhD topic, or have submitted his/her master’s thesis for evaluation before the application deadline.

The ideal candidate has experience with climate dynamics and modelling (preferably global climate modelling or modelling sea-ice–ocean–atmosphere interactions). Experience with programming in FORTRAN/UNIX and knowledge about HPC computing is also a large advantage.

In addition to the requirements listed above, the assessment criteria include the grade point average achieved during BSc and MSc studies, any publications, relevant work experience or other professional activities, and language skills.

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff. Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 305,291 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 42,171). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Read more and apply here.

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