Háskóli Íslands

Institute of Earth Sciences (IES) at University of Iceland (UoI)

The international project “Integrating paleoclimate reconstructions with modeling to understand abrupt climate change in the northern North Atlantic region” is funded by a 2014 Grant of Excellence from the Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís, http://rannis.is/english/) and is led by Áslaug Geirsdóttir (IES, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland) and Gifford H. Miller (INSTAAR, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA).

The glaciology group at IES seeks to appoint a postdoctoral fellow within this project to focus on numerical modeling of two of Iceland's ice caps, Langjökull and Drangajökull. The purpose of the modeling is to reconcile new and improved lacustrine environmental proxies with the evolution of Holocene climate and terrestrial glacial conditions. The postdoctoral fellow will be tasked with implementing ice-flow models of varying complexity to understand the relationship between regional paleoclimate and glacier fluctuation. Through this modeling, s/he will play a key and integrative role within the larger collaboration by linking the various observational groups. Field work opportunities include participation in project related activities at Drangajökull starting in autumn 2014.

A Ph.D. in geophysics or a related field is required for this position. Previous experience in numerical ice-flow modeling, preferably including mass-balance modeling is highly desirable. Proficiency in using-programming in Python, Fortran and/or Matlab is necessary, as is an understanding of the interaction between glaciers and climate.

The position is funded for three years, with an expected start date of 01.08.2014. The successful candidate will join the IES Glaciology Group in Reykjavík, Iceland, with the option of carrying out some of the research at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir (gua@hi.is), Gwenn Flowers (gflowers@sfu.ca) or Alexander H. Jarosch (alex@hi.is).

Applications should be sent to: starfsumsoknir@hi.is, with the identification code: HI14030149. Application materials should include: i) A cover letter, where candidates explain their motivation for the postition, ii) a curriculum vitae, iii) degree certificates (as customary at UoI), and iv) names and contact details of three potential referees.

Application deadline is 22.04.2014

Salary for the position of a postdoctoral fellow will be according to the current collective wage and salary agreement between the relevant union and the Minister of Finance.

Appointments to the University of Iceland do take into account the Equal Rights Project of the University of Iceland.

The University of Iceland was established in 1911. The University is structured into 5 academic schools, and 25 faculties. The Institute of Earth Sciences (http://www.earthice.hi.is) is a part of the Science Institute that belongs to the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences. Researchers at the school cooperate with cutting edge researchers at principal universities around the globe. Faculty and staff at the school are around 330 people, thereof 25% international staff. Strong emphasis is on good work conditions and career development. 

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