PhD position, department of Climate Science, section Sea Ice Physics

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.

The department of Climate Science, section Sea Ice Physics, invites applications for a position as a PhD student studying sea ice growth, melt and dynamics in the Russian Arctic: Interaction of ocean/atmosphere and regional feedback mechanisms.

Background and tasks:
Within the framework of a BMBF funded Russian-German research cooperation QUARCCS (QUAntifying Rapid Climate Change in the Arctic: regional feedbackS and large-scale impacts), the PhD student shall investigate the seasonal ice zone in the eastern Arctic and the interdependent processes and feedbacks within ocean, atmosphere and sea ice. Mechanisms shall be examined using a combination of already existing satellite products, (new) observations from helicopter and moorings, as well as coupled sea ice ocean models. A focus shall be set on the investigation of the preconditioning effect of ice dynamics in winter on the ice cover in the following summer. To investigate the ice cover in winter, moorings need to be deployed on Russian shelf seas to measure the thickness and drift of sea ice. A second aim is to use thickness observations for the validation of existing satellite based ice thickness products (CryoSat-2). The candidate is expected to participate in expeditions to the Arctic (e.g. for mooring deployments), as well as in international conferences and workshops.

Requirements:
Good analytical skills, a MSc. in Environmental Science (physics, meteorology, geology, etc.) and familiarity with programming language such as IDL, Matlab or Python for the analysis of satellite products, model outputs or observations are required. We expect the candidate to show outstanding motivation for the topic and readiness to work in a team. Good communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English are necessary.

For further information, please contact Dr. Thomas Krumpen, Telephone: 0471 – 4831 1753; email: Thomas.Krumpen@awi.de, or visit https://www.awi.de/nc/arbeiten-lernen/jobs/stellenangebote/phd-student-department-of-climate-science-section-sea-ice-physics.html.

The position is limited to three years and advertised subject to availability of funding with a start-date as soon as possible. The salary will be paid in accordance with the German Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes (TVöD Bund), salary level 13 (66%). The place of employment will be Bremerhaven. 

We offer you a multi-disciplinary, international, and fascinating professional environment with flexible working hours, state-of-the-art research equipment, and a first-rate infrastructure.
Disabled applicants will be given preference when equal qualifications are present. The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family through various means. Because of our engagement in the area of work-life compatibility we have been awarded the certificate “Career and Family”.
 
As Ph.D. student at AWI you will be member of the Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research ‘POLMAR’ (http://polmar.awi.de) or another graduate school.

Please forward your application with the standard documentation (letter of motivation, CV, copies of degree certificates, and abstract of your Master thesis) by March 1st, 2017 referencing code 31/D/Kli to: Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Personalabteilung (human resources), Postfach 12 01 61, 27515 Bremerhaven/Germany or by e-mail (all documents merged into one PDF file) to: personal@awi.de.

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