Postdoc positions available in glaciology at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

We seek to fill one or more positions at the Postdoctoral Researcher level at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP), Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California San Diego (UCSD).  The location for these positions will be the SIO campus La Jolla, (Southern) California, within the Scripps Glaciology Group at IGPP. The projects are focused on Antarctic ice shelves and subglacial hydrology, including long-term monitoring from satellite and airborne altimetry, and numerical modelling. Projects are collaborative and will involve external supervision from researchers located at Earth & Space Research (ESR), Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Montana State University, and Stanford University.

We are seeking talented postdoctoral scholars with prior experience in the following areas:

  1.  Ice-shelf altimetry: This project is concerned with thickness changes on Antarctic ice shelves from multi-mission altimetry data (ERS-1, ERS-2, Envisat, ICESat, CryoSat-2 and IceBridge). The postdoc will be involved in extending the time series and examine the relationship of changes in thickness to changes in the ocean/atmosphere and the grounded ice sheet. Previous experience in the processing and analysis of satellite altimetry is essential. Collaboration is with ESR and JPL.
  2. Ice-shelf modelling: This work is part of the ROSETTA project on Ross Ice Shelf. The postdoc will undertake numerical modelling to explore changes in dynamics of the ice shelf and buttressed adjacent grounded ice associated with changes in ice-shelf mass loss processes including basal melting and calving. Previous experience in geophysical modelling is essential. Collaboration is with ESR and LDEO.
  3. Subglacial lake observation and modelling: This work is part of the SALSA project on Whillans Ice Stream. The postdoc will investigate changes in active subglacial lakes, including observations and modelling, to further our knowledge of subglacial water and its relationship to ice dynamics. Collaboration is with Montana State University and Stanford University.
  4. ICESat-2 and IceBridge: This work is with NASA’s ICESat-2 Science Definition Team and IceBridge Science Team to validate data products and processing algorithms for these missions, and incorporating existing radar and laser altimeter datasets (e.g., ICESat, CryoSat-2). The postdoc’s work will be targeted toward advancing science applications on ice sheets.  Previous experience in the processing and analysis of satellite altimetry is essential.  Collaboration is with Stanford University.

Minimum qualifications are a PhD in glaciology, geophysics, geodesy or a related topic with demonstrated ability to document studies in peer-reviewed papers. Proficiency in analysis, processing and visualization of remotely sensed datasets and scientific programming would be a bonus. A solid understanding of geodesy and numerical methods would also be beneficial. Strong communication skills (verbal and written) are highly desirable.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: Salary for the positions will be determined by the University commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scale, plus benefits.  Starting date is negotiable, but ideally the candidate(s) would be available to start on or before 1 April 2017. The positions are for one year, with renewal for a second year subject to performance.

To apply for these positions please send an application letter, CV, and names of three referees by email to Helen Amanda Fricker ( by **21 February 2017** with the subject line "Postdoc application 2017".  Please also email us if there are any questions about the scope of the position and experience requirements.

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