Postdoctoral position (environmental science) and graduate fellowships (sea-ice research) at University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Postdoctoral position (environmental science) and graduate fellowships (sea-ice research) at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Hajo Eicken
Postdoctoral position

The Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks invites applications for a Post Doctoral Fellow in the field of Arctic environmental sciences. The successful applicant will work with the chair of the science steering committee of the US Interagency Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH;, focusing on science coordination and background research relevant to SEARCH. The position will allow for time to pursue research in a field relevant to SEARCH, on a topic that complements existing strengths at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in sea-ice and coastal research, remote sensing and the study of social-ecological systems in the North (
The position may be renewable for a total of at least two years.
For a complete job description and applicant instructions, please apply online at  If you have questions concerning the position please contact Dr. Hajo Eicken via e-mail: [hidden email]. If you have any questions regarding applying, please contact Farra Smith, HR Consultant, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, (907) 474-5511 or e-mail: [hidden email]

Graduate student opportunities in sea ice research

We are looking to fill graduate student positions at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Applicants for Ph.D. program are preferred, but strong applications for M.S. program will be considered, incl. for topics in sea-ice research other than those outlined below:

1. Ph.D. opportunity in sea ice transport and microstructure study
Support is available for a study linking sea-ice transport properties (dielectric properties, permeability, etc.) to ice microstructure in an interdisciplinary project with colleagues at the University of Utah and in New Zealand, with direct applications for remote sensing and the development of new sensor systems for polar observing networks. This project includes lab work in a state-of-the-art glaciological laboratory with opportunities for field work in Arctic Alaska. Background in (geo)physics, engineering, chemistry or material science helpful.

2. Ph.D. opportunity for Seasonal Ice Zone Observing Network (SIZONet)
SIZONet is international effort contributing to the Arctic Observing Network and combines geophysical studies of Alaska's changing sea ice cover with research meant to provide useful information to various ice users. Specific PhD thesis research can address a number of different perspectives depending on student interests, ranging from observing system and network design to local and regional impacts of climate change on sea ice conditions or ice dynamics in coastal environments. The project provides funding support for at least three years. A background in the physical-environmental sciences or engineering combined with an ability to work in an interdisciplinary setting will be helpful.

3. Ph.D or M.S. opportunity in sea ice habitat mapping study
Support is available for an interdisciplinary study aimed at characterizing sea ice in the context of walrus habitat suitability. Project involves fieldwork in Barrow, Alaska as well as ship-based work on an icebreaker. Student will be responsible for linking 2-D and 3-D surface characteristics with physical ice properties relevant to walrus life cycle. Background in physics/geophysics, or engineering desirable. Experience with image processing, computing or wildlife ecology will be an advantage.
For details please contact:
 Hajo Eicken ([hidden email]) or Andy Mahoney ([hidden email]) and visit our web pages at
For more information on UAF’s Geophysics graduate studies program please visit:


Hajo Eicken

Geophysical Institute

University of Alaska Fairbanks

P.O. Box 757320

Fairbanks, AK 99775-7320


phone: (1)907-474-7280

fax: (1)907-474-7290

e-mail: [hidden email]



Near realtime sea-ice conditions and sea-ice data sets for Barrow and northern Alaska at:



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