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[Met-jobs] PhD on modeling the Future Greenland Ice Sheet coupled to the Climate System with CESM-CISM

From Miren Vizcaino <>
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Date Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:13:25 +0000

Dear Colleague,

Please disseminate add, thanks! 

Miren Vizcaino


PhD on modeling the Future Greenland Ice Sheet coupled to the Climate System with CESM-CISM

Job description

The PhD candidate will investigate future interactions between the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) and the climate system with the Community Earth System Model (CESM, coupled to the Community Ice Sheet Model version 2 (CISM2, CESM is a global climate model capable of realistic simulation of GrIS surface melt and refreezing. CISM is an ice sheet model that simulates the topography, velocity field and thermal state of ice sheets. 

Including ice sheets as interactive components of global climate model is a young and promising field of research. This project is timely as the GrIS is currently losing mass at an accelerated rate and its contribution to future sea level rise is one major impact of anthropogenic climate change.  This project will participate in the international Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project 6 (ISMIP6). 

The PhD candidate will design and perform simulations with the ice sheet and climate models, will modify the code where appropriate for specific research targets, and will analyze model output and available observations. He/she will evaluate the sensitivity of the GrIS to atmospheric and/or ocean forcing, will quantify the role of feedbacks in accelerating/decelerating GrIS mass loss, and will contribute to assess the timing and climatic impacts of Greenland deglaciation.


Applicants should have a strong background in meteorology, oceanography, Earth sciences or physics at the MSc level, as well as experience with FORTRAN90, geophysical models and Unix-Linux environments. Experience with CESM, CISM or similar climate and/or ice sheet models is a plus. Strong programming skills are essential. Good English speaking and writing skills are required. 

Employer information

The Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing ( conducts a research program in the disciplines of geodesy and remote sensing, natural geophysics, and climate and atmospheric sciences. It emphasizes the interrelation between new observational techniques and applications in engineering and geosciences, including the development of ground-based, airborne, and space-borne methods and models. The department has an internationally leading role in research related to Earth-oriented space research, satellite geodesy, gravity field modeling, natural hazards, geodynamics and climate studies.

Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.

We offer a full-time position during four years. Funding is provided from the ERC-awarded ( project “CoupledIceClim”.


Please send a letter of motivation, CV and (email) addresses of two referees to Miren Vizcaino at with Subject: “ERC-PhD FutureGrIS”, at the latest by Oct 23rd 2016.  Starting date is between Nov 1st 2016 and Feb 1st 2017. 


Miren Vizcaino
Assistant Professor (UD)
Department Geoscience and Remote Sensing (GRS)
Delft University of Technology
Room 2.18 Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft, The Netherlands 
Tel. + 31 (0)15 27 85 992

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