Fully funded PhD studentship ice sheet modelling in the glacial dynamics group at Memorial University of Newfoundland, starting September, 2018.
Project: Ice streaming dynamics/controls over last glacial cycle and
In collaboration with Claude Hillaire-Marcel (UQAM,
Montreal) and Chris Stokes (Durham University), this project will
investigate the dynamical controls on the pattern of ice streaming
over the last glacial cycle for the North American ice complex
including those associated with Heinrich events. The project will
entail comparison of BICICLES and 3D Glacial Systems Model (GSM) runs
to examine the impact of adaptive mesh refinement and higher order ice
physics on modelled ice sheet evolution and ice streaming. If
possible, building on the work of LeMorzadec and Tarasov (2015), these
comparisons will be used to develop parametric corrections to the GSM
to partially compensate for its lower order ice physics and more
limited ice sheet model resolution. The role of sub-glacial hydrology
(including stochastic components) in ice streaming will also be
Building on the above, the student will also collaborate with other
members of the glacial dynamics group in examining the coupled ice and
climate interactions underlying millenial to centennial scale
variability such as Dansgaard-Oeschger (D/O) and Heinrich events.
Depending on student progress and interest, the project may also
entail Bayesian calibration of deglacial models for one or more of :
the Tibetan Plateau, Icelandic, and Patagonian ice caps.
Applications are invited from candidates with an interest in modelling
ice sheets and Earth Systems science. Applicants must have their BSc
and/or Masters degree in physics, geophysics, applied mathematics, or
closely related fields. Applicants must also be interested in working
in a collaborative environment in computationally intensive projects.
-Some experience in coding in F90 (or F95) or C, and analysis
packages such as OCTAVE/MATLAB, R, CDO, ...
-Knowledge of general physics and some exposure to fluid dynamics or
continuum mechanics (even better with understanding of geophysical
fluid dynamics and/or glaciology)
-Fluency in relevant maths (linear/matrix algebra, partial
differential equations, and vector calculus)
-Familiarity with Linux
The group has a dedicated 920 core cluster and access to further
computational resources through Compute Canada.
Associated benefit: the spectacular natural environment of
1. A cover letter including your name, academic status and contact
details, as well as the names and contact details of two
faculty advisers from whom confidential letters may be sought.
2. A statement of interest including long-term academic plans, research
3. A short resume/CV, including a list of courses taken, and grades.
4. A self evaluation of strong and weak research skills, skills you
particularly want to develop, and likes and dislikes associated with
research and modelling.