Looking for Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Antarctic Magnetotelluric Geophysics at Swansea University, UK

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Looking for Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Antarctic Magnetotelluric Geophysics at Swansea University, UK

Kulessa B.

Dear colleagues,


We are currently looking for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Antarctic Magnetotelluric Geophysics, to be based at Swansea University, UK from 2020-23, joining the project GHOST (Geophysical Habitat of Subglacial Thwaites), which is part of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council and the US National Science Foundation. For full job details, information and link to an application form please see:




and also as copied in below. The closing date is 28th November 2019.


I am of course very happy to answer any queries you may have. Please also share if you know of someone who may be interested!


Best wishes,




Prof. Bernd Kulessa, Applied Geophysics and Glaciology

Deputy Head (Research), College of Science

Swansea University, Singleton Park Campus,

Swansea, SA2 8PP, Wales, UK

Email: [hidden email], Tel. +44(0)1792-513163



Adjunct Professor, University of Tasmania

HOBART TAS 7001, Australia

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Prifysgol Abertawe, Campws Parc Singleton,

Abertawe, SA2 8PP, Cymru, Y DU

E-bost: [hidden email], Ffôn. +44(0)1792-513163



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Post Doctoral Research Assistant in Antarctic Magnetotelluric Geophysics

Job Number


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Contract Type

Fixed Term Contract

Closing Date


Salary: £30,046 - £33,797 per annum
Hours of work: 35 hours per week
Contract: This is a fixed term contract for 28.5 - 31.5 months duration depending on entry salary
Location: This position will be based at Singleton Campus

Main Purpose of the Post

We have an exciting and rare opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Antarctic Magnetotelluric Geophysics to join the Swansea Glaciology Group. The successful candidate will participate in multi-national fieldwork campaigns acquiring magnetotelluric data on the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica, followed by data analysis, interpretation and publication of the results. The fieldwork will also involve assisting in the acquisition of extensive associated and multi-faceted geophysical data sets.

This role is part of the GHOST Project ‘Geophysical Habitat of Subglacial Thwaites’, one of eight projects co-funded as part of The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration by the UK Natural Environment Research Council and the US National Science Foundation (https://thwaitesglacier.org/projects/ghost). The project is a collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Edinburgh in the UK, with a number of US institutes, including Penn State University, and with the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany.

Main Duties

1. Acquire magnetotelluric data, and support the acquisition of associated seismic, radar and gravity geophysical data, during two fieldseasons on the Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica.
2. Process, analyse and interpret the magnetotelluric data, and perform joint inversion of the magnetotelluric and associated seismic, radar and gravity geophysical data, using state of the science and novel methodologies.
3. Prepare manuscripts for publication in the leading peer-reviewed literature, and disseminate the results at international and national scientific meetings.
4. Execute logistical and administrative tasks associated with the two fieldseasons.
5. Attend and contribute to international and national project meetings and project administration.
6. Support a wide range of project-related scientific education and outreach activities for policy-makers and the general public.
7. Be self-motivated and pro-active, and seek guidance when needed.
8. Keep informed of relevant ongoing scientific and technical developments in geophysics, cryospheric science and allied disciplines.
9. Interact positively and professionally with collaborators and partners locally, nationally and internationally.
10. Maintain and enhance links with the professional institutions and other related bodies.
11. Observe best-practice protocols in maintenance and retention of research records as indicated by HEI and Research Councils records management guidance. This includes ensuring project log-book records are deposited with the University/Principal Investigator on completion of the work.
12. Demonstrate and evidence own professional development, identifying development needs with reference to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework, particularly with regard to probation, PDR and participation in training events.
13. To promote equality and diversity in working practices and maintain positive working relationships
14. To conduct the job role and all activities in accordance with safety, health and sustainability policies and management systems, in order to reduce risks and impacts arising from the work activity
15. To ensure that risk management is an integral part of any decision making process, by ensuring compliance with the University’s Risk Management Policy.

Person Specification

Essential criteria:

  • A Ph.D. in geophysics, physics or equivalent physical science discipline.
  • Clear evidence of expertise in the pro-active planning and execution of magnetotelluric data acquisition, processing and analysis.
  • Evidence of the ability to actively engage in and contribute to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals.
  • A demonstrable ability to work as a team player in collaborative scientific projects, including as part of a team of fieldworkers.
  • A commitment to continuous professional development.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of magnetotelluric and/or other geophysical or relevant other scientific data acquisition in cold and remote Polar or High-mountain, or other relevant extreme, environments.
  • A demonstrable ability to adapt to challenging living conditions in cold and remote Polar or High-mountain, or other relevant extreme, environments.
  • Experience in scientific education and outreach activities for policy-makers and / or the general public.

GHOST aims to test the overarching hypothesis that ‘subglacial conditions can facilitate rapid retreat of the grounding line’ of the Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica. GHOST will deliver a coordinated geophysical program, with interactive numerical modelling, to characterize the bed of the Thwaites glacier using active-source seismic surveys, natural-source seismic monitoring, deep-sounding and phase-sensitive radar, and magnetotelluric and gravity methods.

The main purpose of GHOST’s magnetolluric sub-project is to facilitate the estimation of geothermal heat flux, groundwater presence and distribution, and flexural thickness affecting the isostatic response that may help stabilize Thwaites Glacier’s grounding line against retreat.

Informal enquiries contact details and Further Information

Informal enquiries: Prof. Bernd Kulessa, [hidden email] 

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and welcome diverse applications from the following protected characteristics: age, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief, sex (gender), sexual orientation.

The College has an under-representation of women in the areas of research, so would particularly encourage applications from these backgrounds. Appointments will always be made on merit.






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