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Vacancy: two postdoctoral positions in glaciology/micrometeorology

Christophe Kinnard
Please find attached two open postodoctoral positions in glaciology /  micrometeorology at CEAZA, Chile

(1) post-doctoral position in GLACIOLOGY
       Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Áridas (CEAZA)
       La Serena, Chile

               

 

We are seeking a post doctoral researcher with skills and experience in glaciology or hydrology to join the glaciology group at CEAZA, which focuses on evaluating and monitoring water resources from the cryosphere in the arid Andes of north-central Chile.

 

Our research consists of work spanning a broad range of cryospheric science, including snow cover and albedo mapping, glaciological, energy balance and permafrost studies, the results of which we seek to understand in the context of their climatological controls and their role in regional hydrological resources. 

 

Position description

 

Since 2007, CEAZA has developed a glacier research program studying 9 glaciers in the arid Andes. This monitoring includes mass, energy and hydrological balance, to establish glacier/climate relationships and the hydrological resource associated with glaciers. Our work includes glaciers within the boundaries of the Pascua Lama Mine project, where we are involved in assessing any impact the mine activities may have on the glaciers.

 

The successful candidate will study the mass-balance and dynamics of high-altitude glaciers in the Norte Chico region of Chile (28-32 deg.S, 70 deg.W) using a combination of direct glaciological methods, terrestrial laser scanning measurements, remote sensing data and existing glaciological and meteorological data. The presence of snow and ice penitentes on glaciers complicates field measurements and will require the development of innovative field techniques. The candidate will be in charge of implementing routine geodetic mass-balance measurements using a long-range terrestrial laser scanning device at several glacier sites. In addition, they will study glacier dynamics by measuring annual glacier velocities using differential GPS, and by feature tracking between repeat high-resolution satellite images. The position involves frequent visits to the field in a physically demanding environment at altitudes between 3500 and 5400 m. The successful candidate will contribute to writing research reports and be expected to publish his/her results in peer-reviewed scientific journals in a timely manner.

 

CEAZA is a scientific consortium, established in 2003 (www.ceaza.cl), dedicated to studying the impact of climatic change and oscillations (e.g. ENSO) upon the hydrological cycle and the biological productivity in the arid zones of Northern-Central Chile. The glaciology unit forms part of the Hydrology and Modeling group at CEAZA.

 

You will have:

  • A PhD in glaciology, hydrology, geodesy, or related field
  • Ability to work well in a diverse team
  • Ability to develop research ideas independently
  • Good physical fitness

 

Experience in any of the following areas is desirable:

  • Use of a terrestrial laser scanning device
  • Analysis of Lidar data
  • Field measurements of glacier mass-balance
  • Knowledge of Spanish
  • High altitude experience

 

Practical details:

  • The position is available immediately as of May 5th, 2011
  • The duration of the appointment is 18 months
  • Net salary is 1,300,000 Chilean pesos per month. Plus, each day of field work is paid at 40 000 pesos.
  • Applications should be written in English or Spanish and include:
    • A curriculum vitae including a numbered list of publications
    • A research statement detailing experiences and skills relevant to the research project (1-2 page)
    • PhD diploma and other documents showing degrees and former positions relevant for this position.

 

 

Further information on CEAZA can be found at:

http://www.ceaza.cl

 

For further information about the expected area of work, the CEAZA glaciology group, or CEAZA, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Christophe Kinnard ([hidden email]).

 

Applications should be submitted by email to:

Dr. Christophe Kinnard

CEAZA, La Serena, Chile

[hidden email]


 (2) post-doctoral position in GLACIOLOGY/micro-meteorology

        Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Áridas (CEAZA)

         La Serena, Chile

               

 

We are seeking a post doctoral researcher with skills and experience in glaciology or meteorology to join the glaciology group at CEAZA, which focuses on evaluating and monitoring water resources from the cryosphere in the arid Andes of north-central Chile.

 

Our research consists of work spanning a broad range of cryospheric science, including snow cover and albedo mapping, glaciological, energy balance and permafrost studies, the results of which we seek to understand in the context of their climatological controls and their role in regional hydrological resources. 

 

Position description

 

Since 2007, CEAZA has developed a glacier research program studying 9 glaciers in the arid Andes. This monitoring includes mass, energy and hydrological balance, to establish glacier/climate relationships and the hydrological resource associated with glaciers. Our work includes glaciers within the boundaries of the Pascua Lama Mine project, where we are involved in assessing any impact the mine activities may have on the glaciers.

 

The successful candidate will conduct research on the measurement and modeling of the surface albedo of high altitude glaciers in the Norte Chico region, Chilean Andes (28-32 deg.S, 70 deg.W). Temporal and spatial variations in albedo have profound impacts on the surface energy and mass balance of these glaciers, and on the resulting meltwater production. Moreover, potential dust influx from nearby mining activities may also alter the albedo and modify the glacier energy balance. The candidate will work on measuring point wise albedo using in-place automated weather stations, and on mapping the albedo at the glacier surface using digital images from automatic cameras overlooking the glaciers as well as satellite imagery. The candidate will then work to develop point wise and spatial albedo parameterizations which will be used in spatially distributed energy balance models and for detecting anthropogenic dust influence from nearby mining activities on the glaciers.

 

The position involves frequent visits to the field in a physically demanding environment at altitudes between 3500 and 5400 m. The successful candidate will contribute to writing research and progress reports and be expected to publish his/her results in peer-reviewed scientific journals in a timely manner.

 

CEAZA is a scientific consortium, established in 2003 (www.ceaza.cl), dedicated to studying the impact of climatic change and oscillations (e.g. ENSO) upon the hydrological cycle and the biological productivity in the arid zones of Northern-Central Chile. The glaciology unit forms part of the Hydrology and Modeling group at CEAZA.

 

You will have:

  • A PhD in glaciology, meteorology, hydrology, or related field
  • Programming skills (Matlab, IDL, etc…)
  • Knowledge of remote-sensing
  • Ability to work well in a diverse team
  • Ability to develop research ideas independently
  • Good physical fitness

 

Experience in any of the following areas is desirable:

  • Experience with automated weather stations
  • Field measurements of glacier mass-balance
  • Knowledge of Spanish
  • High altitude experience

 

Practical details:

  • The position is available immediately as of May 5th, 2011
  • The duration of the appointment is 18 months
  • Net salary is 1,300,000 Chilean pesos per month. Plus, each day of field work is paid at 40 000 pesos.
  • Applications should be written in English or Spanish and include:
    • A curriculum vitae including a numbered list of publications
    • A research statement detailing experiences and skills relevant to the research project (1-2 page)
    • PhD diploma and other documents showing degrees and former positions relevant for this position.

 

 

Further information on CEAZA can be found at:

http://www.ceaza.cl

 

For further information about the expected area of work, the CEAZA glaciology group, or CEAZA, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Christophe Kinnard ([hidden email]).

 

Applications should be submitted by email to:

Dr. Christophe Kinnard

CEAZA, La Serena, Chile

[hidden email]

 

 

 

 

 




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Dr Christophe Kinnard
Investigador glaciología
Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Aridas- CEAZA
Casilla 599 - Campus Andres Bello
Colina El Pino s/n. La Serena - Chile
Tel. Laboratorio H+M: 56-51-334873
Fax: 56-51-334866
www.ceaza.cl

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