Applications are invited for Ph.D. student position within the glaciology group at the Institute of Earth Sciences (IES) at the University of Iceland.
About the project
The doctoral student will work within the project SAMAR: “Short and long term ablation modelling based on Automatic Weather Station data and Regional Climate Model”. The project aims to improve the predictive capabilities of surface energy balance models applied to estimate glacier melt. The models will be operated both on short (days and weeks) and long (decades) time scales , for improved projections of the contribution of glaciers to sea level rise. The short time scale results are useful for operation of hydroelectric power plants and for making flood warnings. This project is a close collaboration between University of Iceland, and the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI). It will take advantage of the wealth of mass balance measurements and data from automatic weather stations that have been collected in Iceland during the last two decades. The surface energy balance module within the regional climate model HIRHAM5 will be further developed and upgraded based on the outcome of the study. HIRHAM5 is now coupled to the state-of-the-art ice sheet model PISM allowing the dynamic contribution to glacier mass loss to be taken into account. Simulations for the recent past and the next century with both HIRHAM5 and the coupled ice sheet-climate model HIRHAM5-PISM will be made for Iceland.
The Ph.D. project is a central part of the project SAMAR, where the doctoral student will focus on processes at the glacier surface. The work will involve analysis of the Automatic Weather Station data, assessment of sensitivity to temporally evolving albedo and development and validation of distributed energy balance model for Icelandic glaciers which includes development of the energy balance module in HIRHAM5, in collaboration with DMI.
Candidates should have completed studies at Master’s level in Natural Sciences or related disciplines (Geophysics/Earth Science, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Engineering). In order to be accepted into the 3 year PhD program in the Faculty of Earth Sciences applicants must hold an MS degree with a grade-point average of 7 out of 10 or equivalent. Experience in computer programming (matlab, fortran, C/C++), time series analysis, meteorology or glaciology is desirable. Good communication skills, a good command of English and an ability to work in a team is required.
The Ph.D. project is funded for 3 years with a planned starting date in April 2015. It will be a part of the Graduate School of the Faculty of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland and attached to the glaciology group at the Institute of Earth Sciences. The selected candidate will need to send a formal application for a Ph.D. studentship at the University of Iceland in due time.
Applications should include a cover letter, your Curriculum Vitae (stating relevant work experience, knowledge in computer programming and field work experience), copies of university diplomas (BS and MS) with clear indication of subjects and grade information in English, a one page statement of research interest, and names and contact information of two potential referees.
Appointments to the University of Iceland do take into account the Equal Rights Project of the University of Iceland.
Salary is determined by the doctoral scholarship from Rannís, according with the wage contract by the minister of finance and appropriate trade union.
Applications should be sent by email to Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir, email@example.com, no later than 20 January 2015.
Information about the Institute of Earth Sciences and the graduate program can be found here: