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PALMOD Advance Research Associate and PhD student positions in ice and climate modelling in the glacial dynamics group at Memorial University of Newfoundland

Lev Tarasov
(Colleagues are asked to bring this to the attention of competent
research fellows and students who might be interested in these
projects.)


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Position 1: PALMOD Advanced Research Associate in glacial Earth systems
modelling and dynamics
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APPLICATION DEADLINE : April 3, 2017

Context: The fully coupled Earth system (ice sheets, climate, surface runoff,
GIA) over the last glacial cycle. You will be part of the ambitious PALMOD,
https://www.palmod.de/ , largescale collaborative project that has one end goal
of fully coupled modelling of the whole last glacial cycle.

Research questions: you will collaborate with research group members and Palmod
team members on questions related to interactions between ice-sheets,
atmospheric and ocean circulation, sea-ice, and glacio-isostatic adjustment (so
be ready to span many timescales). What are the key dynamical contributors to
D/O oscillations? Relatedly, what are key instability pathways in the glacial
ice/climate system? What role did low/high latitude coupling play over the
glacial cycle? What is the potential glacial cycle phase space?

The outcomes:

1) Computationally tractable coupled Earth Systems modelling of the
glacial cycle using a hierarchy of model complexity.

2) Improved constraints on the fully coupled glacial evolution of the
global ice sheets and associated climate (especially prior to last
glacial maximum) working towards the long-term goal of an
accurately-constrained probability distribution for the full glacial
cycle evolution of ice and climate.

3) Improved understanding of glacial cycle dynamics


This position is part of the large PALMOD German climate modelling
initiative: https://www.palmod.de/.  The research position will be
based in the glacial dynamics group at MUN (Memorial University of
Newfoundland, St. John's). She/he will have extended visits each year
with PALMOD members in Germany.

Applications are invited from self-motivated candidates with a deep
interest in Earth systems modelling/science. Applicants must have
extensive relevant post-doctoral research experience.  Applicants must
also be interested in working in a collaborative environment on
computationally intensive projects and mentoring junior research group
members.

Required qualifications:
- strong publication record in coupled Earth Systems modelling with GCMs
- Solid understanding of geophysical fluid dynamics and atmospheric/ocean
physics
- Experience in F90 coding/debugging, and analysis packages such as
OCTAVE/R/CDO/...
- Experience with Linux/UNIX systems, shell scripting,...
- Demonstrated expertise in experimental design and model output data
   analysis (as reflected in publications,...)

Starting salary is 66,928 Euros per annum with full staff
benefits. The position has at least three years of funding.
Start date: May 1st, 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter


The group has a dedicated 920 core cluster and access to further
computational resources through ACEnet and other Compute Canada
affiliates.

Associated benefit: the spectacular natural environment of
Newfoundland, Canada

Interested applicants should contact:

Lev Tarasov
Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X7
[hidden email]
http://www.physics.mun.ca/~lev/

include the following:

1. A cover letter including name, academic status and contact
details, as well as the names and contact details of two or their
faculty advisers from whom confidential letters may be sought.
2. A statement of interest including long-term academic plans, research
interests,...
3. A CV, including any teaching and mentoring experience
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.


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Position 2: Fully funded PhD studentship in coupled climate and ice sheet
modelling
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This position is under the  ArcTrain Canada advanced graduate training program:
http://www.arctrain.ca/index.php/en/

The project has two major goals:

1) Develop a probability distribution for pre-Eemian glacial maximum
    ice thickness and associated deglacial evolution. This will in turn
    enable:

2) Improve constraints on the size of the Eemian high-stand through
data-calibrated coupled glacial systems modelling (with coupled ice
sheet, climate, GIA, surface runoff models).

3) depending on rate of progress, earlier glacial intervals may also
be explored (eg MIS 11)

More deeply, the project aims to improve understanding of coupled ice
sheet and glacial climate dynamics through comparison between the last
two deglacial intervals.


Applications are invited from candidates with an interest in climate
modelling 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.

Required skills:
  -Some experience in using FORTRAN or C, and analysis packages such as
OCTAVE/MATLAB
  -Knowledge of general physics (even better with understanding of
   fluid dynamics and/or atmospheric or ocean physics)
  -Fluency in relevant maths (linear/matrix algebra and differential
   equations and vector calculus)

The group has a dedicated 920 core cluster and access to further
computational resources through ACEnet and other Compute Canada
affiliates.

Associated benefit: the spectacular natural environment of
Newfoundland, Canada

Start date: Sep 5/17

Details of graduate studies in Physics and Physical Oceanography at
Memorial University can be found at
http://www.mun.ca/physics/graduate_students/


Interested students should contact:

Lev Tarasov
Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X7
[hidden email]
http://www.physics.mun.ca/~lev/

include the following:

1. A cover letter including their name, academic status and contact
details, as well as the names and contact details of two or their
faculty advisers from whom confidential letters may be sought.
2. A statement of interest including long-term academic plans, research
interests,...
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.


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