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[Met-jobs] Postdoc opportunity at New York University (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:58:56 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

The Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (New York University) is
seeking candidates for a three-year postdoc position. As part of a
recent NASA-funded project, the postdoc will work with the Principle
Investigator (D. Holland) and researchers in the ice-ocean group at NYU
(C. Gladish), along with several outside collaborators (from U Wash,
BAS, Penn State).

Periodic changes in the extent and volume of the West Antarctic Ice
Sheet (WAIS) were large and relatively abrupt during the early-Pliocene,
which was slightly warmer than the present day climate (Naish et al
/Nature,/ 2009). Understanding the process by which the marine-bedded
WAIS collapses is necessary to constrain projections of its future
behavior in the Anthropocene. Many independent observations show that
the Amundsen Sea sector of Antarctic is undergoing rapid changes today,
with Pine Island Glacier (PIG) in particular continuing to accelerate
and thin (Wingham, /GRL/ 2009).

Within this broad context, the specific purpose of the project is to use
several data products in conjunction with numerical modeling to
understand the influence of ocean-induced melting on the morphology and
dynamics of PIG. The floating ice shelf at PIG experiences tens of
meters of melt per year due to contact with water several degrees above
the freezing point. To elucidate the pattern of ice shelf melting and
subsequent glacier response, the postdoc will work with several outside
collaborators to analyze InSAR satellite products, NASA Operation Ice
Bridge data products, surface GPS and seismic data, and in situ ocean
observations. Taking advantage of recent advances in the glacier
modeling community, the postdoc will also develop a numerical model of
the ice shelf and upstream grounded ice which will be used to test
hypotheses regarding the interplay of ocean-induced melting and the
dynamics of the ice, which includes fracture and viscous flow.

A recent PhD graduate interested in approaching this challenging problem
with undivided commitment is desired.

Essential qualifications include: PhD in Glaciology, Geodynamics,
Applied Math, Physics or related field, a strong math and physics
background, the ability to gain insight from observational data, strong
Fortran or C++ background, and model development experience.

Other desirable qualities are: continuum mechanics background, numerics
background, experience with satellite data products, outreach
experience, and observational field experience.

Please send a CV along with the names and contact information of three
references to D. Holland (<>) and C. Gladish
(<>), preferable by Feb 28. Applications will
be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries regarding further
details about the position are welcome. Salary and benefits are strong.
The successful candidate will begin as soon as possible.

New York University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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