3-month paid internship with CPOM University of Leeds (remote position)

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3-month paid internship with CPOM University of Leeds (remote position)

Isobel Lawrence

CPOM CRYO2ICE Internship


Location:  Remote/online position working with the University of Leeds

Salary: Grade 5 (£23,067 p/a pro rata)

Contract: Temporary fixed term (up to 3 months full-time, or part-time equivalent)

Closing Date: Sunday 18th October 2020

Online Interview Date: To be confirmed


Further details:

The Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) studies processes in the Earth’s polar latitudes that can affect the Earth’s albedo, polar atmosphere and ocean circulation, and global sea level. 


In July this year, the European Space Agency satellite CryoSat-2 (CS2) underwent a manoeuvre to shift its orbit to periodically align with that of NASA's ICESat-2 (IS2) satellite. This campaign, coined CRYO2ICE (https://earth.esa.int/eogateway/missions/cryosat/cryo2ice), provides a unique opportunity to compare along-track data from the two satellites. This will further our understanding of the surface scattering characteristics of both instruments, and help validate our measurements of ice sheet mass balance and sea ice thickness.


Briefly, the role will involve:

  • Identifying periods of CS2 and IS2 overlap by examining ground tracks.
  • Comparing CS2 vs. IS2 along-track elevation data during identified periods of overlap.
  • Identifying cloud-free visible imagery from the OceanLab online hub which coincide with overlap periods to identify surface types.
  • Gaining an understanding of the scattering properties of both instruments over different surface types (e.g. ocean, sea ice, continental ice).
  • Writing a report detailing the methodology, algorithm development, and findings.


This internship would suit a numerate candidate with a degree in a discipline such as Physics, Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Computer Sciences or Geography. Skills in coding are essential, ideally in Python 3.6. Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.


To apply, please send a CV and an expression of interest (200 words max.) to [hidden email] by midnight (BST) on Sunday 18th October.


Informal enquiries about the post should be directed to: Dr Isobel Lawrence, [hidden email].

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