Postdoctoral Research Associate

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  • School of Physical Sciences - Earth System Science


    Open date: August 8th, 2018

    Next review date: September 10th, 2018
    Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

    Final date: September 10th, 2018
    Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


    We are looking for a Postdoctoral research associate interested in ice sheet modeling, as part of the UK/US International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration.
    The project PROPHET (PROcesses, drivers, Prediction: modeling the History and Evolution of Thwaites) aims at improving model projections of Thwaites Glacier to reduce the uncertainty in the projection of the glacier's behavior and subsequent contribution to sea-level rise in the future. This work will consists of using three independent ice sheet models (ISSM, a and STREAMICE) to investigate basal conditions, assess potential drivers of change, and perform ice/ocean coupled projections over the next centuries.
    The term of appointment is for one year, and renewable for a second year, subject to satisfactory progress and available funding. Start dates are flexible but we would like to start by the end of the year. A strong background in glaciology and/or climate system modelling is required, with expertise in finite element analysis and geophysical dynamics. Well-qualified candidates will have familiarity with MATLAB and C++, experience Linux/Unix systems, including the writing of shell scripts is preferred. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to work closely with Prof Mathieu Morlighem within the Department of Earth System Science and will use the Ice Sheet System Model ( developed jointly with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The Earth System Science Department of UCI is a highly interdisciplinary environment with faculty expertise in many components of the Earth System, including atmospheric physics, land surface processes, climate dynamics, terrestrial and marine biogeochemical cycles, ice sheets, and human systems.

    The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
    Job location Irvine, CA


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    Posted: 8/9/2018
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