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[Met-jobs] PhD position on atmospheric processes in ice caves

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Date Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:21:24 +0100

PhD position on atmospheric processes in ice caves

The Institute of Geology and the Institute of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences (University of Innsbruck, Austria) jointly offer a PhD position in a special field of mountain meteorology and glaciology which is embedded in the interdisciplinary project "Ice in caves - a threatened climate archive in the Alps" led by Christoph Spötl (<>).

The overarching goal of the project is to explore the palaeoclimate potential of ice contained in caves in the Austrian Alps. This includes investigations of conditions and processes determining the formation and seasonal dynamics of these unique ice deposits. The research will be based on observation and modelling of ice developments depending on the atmospheric conditions in- and outside of caves and related exchange processes. The correspondingly proposed PhD work concerns the acquisition and analysis of geophysical and meteorological data, the development of a model to study the mass and energy budget of the ice in these caves and exploration of its application to longer periods or other ice caves, respectively. Palaeoclimate aspects will mainly be addressed by another PhD student in the same project.

This interdisciplinary work will be jointly supervised by Christoph Spötl, Mathias Rotach and Friedrich Obleitner (<>). The successful candidate will formally receive the title "PhD in Atmospheric Sciences". Information about the curriculum can be found at <>.

Essential qualifications:
Master (or equivalent) degree in Atmospheric Science, Physics or Earth Sciences relevant to the project; skills in scientific programming (e.g., Matlab/Python/C/Fortran); experimental skills (ideally regarding meteorological instruments); ability to work in mountain/cave environments and good communication skills in English.

Knowledge of atmospheric processes in mountain environments including snow/ice or caves, understanding of subsurface geophysical processes; experience with scientific data analysis and numerical modelling. Knowledge of the German language is beneficial but not required.

The position will be opened in March 2019, be evaluated after one year and then be extended to a total duration of 3 years. Remuneration of the position follows the regulations by the Austrian Science Fund (<>). The University of Innsbruck aims at increasing the proportion of women and therefore encourages applications by qualified women.

Applications received before 31 March 2019 will be given full consideration and shall include:
- a curriculum vitae
- a letter of motivation, stating the personal interest and qualifications for the position
- a degree of transcripts and a copy of the Master thesis
- contact information for two referees.

The application as well as inquiries about the position should be addressed to Friedrich Obleitner ( and Christoph Spötl (

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