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[Met-jobs] PhD position - North Atlantic Ocean modeling

From Miren Vizcaino <>
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Date Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:12:32 +0000

Dear colleague,

I have an opening position for a PhD in physical oceanography for my research group on coupled ice sheet-climate modeling with CESM-CISM. I have already advertised this position, but would like to extend the list of candidates, as many of them lack relevant experience in ocean modelling.

I would therefore like to bring it to your attention (again), and ask you to forward the text of the following job add to possible candidates you may know. 

Many thanks, Miren Vizcaino, TU Delft 


PhD/postdoc position on modeling of ocean circulation interactions with ice sheet mass loss

Job description

The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are currently losing mass in response to atmospheric and ocean warming and are becoming a major contributor to sea level rise. At the same time, changes in these ice sheets impact on the ocean circulation and the climate system through meltwater fluxes, topographic change, areal change, ice/snow surface albedo and energy fluxes. In this project, the PhD candidate explores ocean-ice-sheet-climate interactions during the last deglaciation of the northern hemisphere (Laurentide, Eurasian and Greenland ice sheets) and the future Greenland deglaciation. This will be done with one of the few Earth System Models including interactive ice sheets, the Community Earth System Model (CESM). The ocean component in CESM is the Ocean General Circulation Model POP. The ice sheet component is the Community Ice Sheet Model.

The candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary team of climate, paleo- and ice sheet modelers within the ERC-project “CoupledIceClim”. He/she will design and perform simulations with CESM to analyze the ocean model output in order to investigate future and past ocean circulation changes, and their effect on the climate of the ice sheets, melt rates, and snowfall rates. In addition, he/she will investigate how freshwater fluxes from the ice sheets affect the North Atlantic Meridional Circulation (NAMOC), and possible NAMOC-melt feedbacks. The project contributes to the International Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project 6 (ISMIP6).


Applicants should have a strong background in physical oceanography or closely related field. Additionally: a) experience with ocean and/or climate modeling, b) strong skills in programming and numerical modeling, c) excellent communication skills in written and oral English


We encourage applications of enthusiastic students with expertise in ocean dynamics and its modeling. No prior background on ice sheets dynamics or ice sheet modeling is required.

If you are interested in this position, please include in your application: (a) CV, (b) motivation letter including names of two references, (c) summary of Master Thesis and, if applicable, list of publications, (d) copy of your degree and transcripts (courses and grades).

If interested in applying, please contact Miren Vizcaino in advance to notify your intent. Applications will be considered until end of April, or until the position is filled. The appointment will start between May and June, or between August and September. Although the position is open for a PhD candidate, strongly suited postdoc candidates maybe considered.   

For more information on this project, please contact Dr. Miren Vizcaino at,  phone +31 (0)15-2785992, or Dr. Caroline Katsman

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