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Ice-Ocean Modeller – Cambridge

Gudmundsson, Hilmar

Dear Members of the Cryolist


The British Antarctic Survey is currently looking for an Ice-Ocean Modeller to join the Ice Dynamics and Palaeo-climate Team.

The successful candidate will be an experienced Ice Ocean Modeller with an excellent academic profile including a strong mathematical background and a track record of running ocean models on high-performance computing facilities and interpreting the results.


The successful candidate will have to demonstrate that they have previously been involved in developing numerical ice-flow models and run the model.

To run a regional ice flow model (Úa) of Ronne-Filchner ice shelf and all tributaries and to couple this model with an ocean model (MITgcm). Forecast the contribution of the area to global sea level change on a time scale of centuries.


First degree in physical science/mathematics plus PhD (or equivalent)


- Set up and develop a regional ice flow model. Invert for model parameters such as basal slipperiness and englacial viscosity.
- Carry out simulations with the numerical ice-flow model in support of the objectives of the Ua-MITgcm projects.
- Test sensitivity of model to melt around the grounding line, and determine the length-scales of horizontal stress transmission across grounding lines.
- Couple the ice-flow model with an ocean plume model and test and develop the plume model by comparing calculated melt rates with new estimates of ocean-induced ice-shelf melting.
- Run a fully coupled ice-ocean model of Ronne-Filchner ice shelf using the ice flow model Úa and the ocean circulation model MITgcm.
- Attend project meetings to report on progress and share results.
- Present model developments and scientific results in the peer-reviewed literature and at conferences.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.bas.ac.uk/jobs

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 36/17
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 9th April 2017
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: w/c 1st May 2017
Start Date: June 2017

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.

For more information see:


Hilmar Gudmundsson

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